Summers are getting warmer, and so are our pets. But how do cats stay cool in hot weather? Read on as a vet goes over some great tips to keep your feline friend safe and comfortable during the sweltering summer months.
The Dangers of Summer for Cats
Summer is a great time to go outdoors. Your cat probably loves the sun and warmth just as much as you do. But there are also some dangers you need to be aware of when your pet is outside in the summer heat.
Allergies and skin problems
Cats can develop skin problems from hot weather, especially if they get wet and dry too quickly. This is more likely if they spend a lot of time outdoors, but it can also happen indoors if there is humidity or lack of air conditioning in your home.
Cats left outdoors for long periods of time without shade or water are more susceptible to heatstroke in hot weather. If your cat spends most of his time outdoors, it’s a good idea to check him regularly when temperatures reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit or higher (36 degrees Celsius). Make sure there is enough shade so it can cool off if needed
How to Keep Cats Cool in the Summer
Make sure your cat always has access to fresh water. You may want to provide multiple water sources in case one water source runs dry or overflows. If you keep your cat outdoors, consider using a water bowl with a low center of gravity so it stays upright if kitty happens to bump into it.
- Close windows when you’re away so your cat doesn’t overheat or lose water from radiant heat from window sills and doors. This is especially important for indoor cats who may get confused about when it is safe for them to come back inside after playing outside all day! If you have an outdoor kitty, make sure that he/she cannot squeeze through any gaps in the window frames and escape; kittens especially can fit through very small spaces!
- If possible, try to avoid taking your cat out into the hot sun – this includes walking around the property as well as riding in a car in non-air-conditioned places.
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