How to keep your cat cool in hot weather
• Water: Providing your cat with plenty of drinking water is a good idea when the weather starts to warm up. Make sure to top up water bowls a couple of times a day. If your cat doesn’t like drinking from standing water consider leaving a tap dripping or investing in a cat drinking fountain.
• Grooming- Long coated cats can be at risk of overheating in hot weather. Keep on top of regular grooming. If your pet is exceptionally fluffy it may be worthwhile getting them professionally groomed/clipped.
• Ice- Placing a few ice cubes in your cat’s drinking bowl can help to keep them cool. If your house gets really warm you could also try this trick to help provide a cool spot for your cat. Fill a plastic bottle ¾ full with water and freeze overnight. When frozen, wrap the bottle in a tea towel and place in your cat’s bed. Just make sure that the bottle is safely wrapped up so your pet doesn’t come into direct contact with it.
• Shade – Your cat will probably do their best to find a cool shady spot to hang out in during hot weather.They often seek out cold tiled floors to lie on or shady corners in the garden.
• Be Heatstroke aware- Cats can suffer from heatstroke just like dogs. If a cat gets accidentally shut in a conservatory or car they can quickly overheat.
Signs of heatstroke in cats include
• open mouth breathing/panting
• purple or dark red tongue
Certain cats may be more at risk of heatstroke, these include;
Brachycephalic breeds with short faces such as Persians, Himalayans
Old or very young cats
Cats with heart or breathing conditions.
Cats with medical conditions which affect breathing
Pregnant and nursing queens
You can help to cool your pet by
• offering small amounts of cool water to drink
• spraying them with small amounts of cool water
• Wiping them down with a wet towel
• covering them with wet flannels
• placing them near a fan
NEVER immerse your cat in cold water. This could cause them to go into shock.
If you are concerned that your cat may be suffering, ring us ASAP for advice on