Keep your cat cool this summer
British summers don’t have the best track record, but with some recent sunny spells things have certainly been hotting up! Many cats love basking in the sunshine but during these hot periods, it’s important that you pay extra attention to your cat’s needs and ensure that they are able to cool off when they need to.
Here are a few ways you can keep your cat cool:
- Keep an eye on their water ensuring that it’s topped up when necessary to avoid dehydration. Make sure you have a few bowls around the house for them and if you keep water outside for them, make sure it’s in the shade. Water bowls should also have a large surface area (this is because some cats don’t like their whiskers touching the sides of the bowl) and plastic bowls should be avoided where possible, as when warm they can taint the taste of the water. Instead, use glass, metal or porcelain bowls.
- Some cats prefer to drink from running water, so you could try offering a water fountain to them.
- Avoid putting food and water bowls together. Cats don’t like to eat and drink in the same place and you don’t want to put them off having a drink.
- Make sure there are some shady spots in your garden for them to shelter in. If you don’t have any natural shade, you can create some by using cardboard boxes and plant pots or you could consider planting some cat friendly shrubs.
- Ensure they are able to seek shelter indoors during the day. You could keep the air in your house cool with electric fans, but don’t point fans directly at your cat, it could scare them.
- Cats with white or pale ears and noses are more prone to skin cancer and it’s recommended that you keep them indoors during the hottest parts of the day, which are typically between 10am – 3pm. As well as this, you can apply a sunblock to protect them, but do speak to your vet first who will be able to recommend a suitable product.
If you are worried about your cat’s health as a result of the hot weather, contact your vet immediately.
For tips on how to encourage your cat to drink more and stay hydrated, check out the advice on this page: https://www.cats.org.uk/help-and-advice/cats-and-drinking
We hope you cool cats stay hydrated and enjoy the summer while it lasts!