If they are more resistant to hot weather as dogs, cats also suffer from temperature spikes. 8 tips and tricks for refresh your feline this summer.
1 – Give it fresh water every day
The cat is not a heavy drinker by nature. However, in periods of intense heat, make sure that your animal drinks in regular and sufficient quantity. To do this, leave fresh, clean water at all times available and remember to renew it often because the ambient temperature will eventually cool it down. If possible, use several bowls that you will put in places where the cat is accustomed to pass and out of direct sunlight.
2 – Offer a water fountain to your cat
Most cats don’t like standing water and prefer to have clean, cool, always flowing water. This is why an electric fountain is an interesting option to encourage the cat to hydrate because the operation by continuous jet makes the device more attractive than a traditional bowl. Trade a large selection of models in different sizes and materials: plastic, stainless steel, ceramic or PVC. Namely, there are silent fountains for fearful cats.
3 – Create cool spaces for your cat
The measures you take to protect yourself from the heat are valid for your animal: open the windows early in the morning to ventilate, then close the shutters to prevent the heat from entering. In order to further lower room temperatures, use an air conditioner or fan, but do not point the equipment directly at or too close to the cat’s basket. For more freshness, you can cover the fan with a damp cloth. On the other hand, bathrooms are generally the coolest places in the house. Give him access so that he can lie down on the tiled floor.
4 – Pass a damp cloth over his body
Your cat is not a big fan of water, but if it is really hot, it may be seduced by a damp cloth. Put a washcloth or a small towel under the water and apply it all over its body: above its head, on the stomach and insist on the paws. You can also immerse their pads in water as that is where most of their sweat glands are located. Leave the damp cloth around his neck (he will take it off on his own if he can’t stand it anymore). The fogger is also an effective solution: spray the cat everywhere except on the eyes to avoid eye problems. Of course, if your feline is the exception to the rule and tolerates getting wet, give them a cool bath to help them withstand the heat.
5 – brush your cat often
Nature being well done, the cat moults according to the seasons. In the fall, it replaces the summer coat with the winter coat, which is denser and more abundant. However, the most important moult takes place in the spring to lighten its fleece. Regular brushing of her fur will help remove any dead hair that keeps her warm. Try to repeat the operation every day to help your feline regulate its temperature and promote maximum protection during periods of hot weather.
6 – keep it indoors during the hottest hours
In summer, animals tend to be less active than usual. They limit their physical activity to produce as little body heat as possible. If you have an outdoor cat, don’t force him out. It is even advisable to keep it in between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is strongest. Prefer outings at the end of the day and in the evening when it is cooler. If you have an indoor cat, avoid over-stressing them through play sessions.
7 – Refresh your cat’s bed
The pain relief gel pouches become valuable allies in the fight against heat. After having put them in the cold, it is enough to place them under his bed or in a cloth arranged in the place where he likes to rest. The same trick works with a bottle of cold water that you put in the freezer beforehand. Wrap her in a towel and place her where your cat usually sleeps in order to lower her body temperature.
8 – use cool mats, coats and toys
The cooling mat works by simple body contact and can therefore be used both at home and on the go. There is therefore no need to put it in the refrigerator or plug it into an electrical outlet: the cooling effect is activated as soon as the animal lies on it. This method allows him to lie down on a surface between 2 and 3 ° cooler than room temperature. The Cool Cat Coat should be soaked in water and wrung out before use. As it evaporates, the water rids the feline of its excess body heat, leaving it feeling fresh (6 ° to 12 ° below the outside temperature) for several hours. Good tip: some toys are designed to be filled with water and then placed in the freezer. Your cat can then cool off while having fun!