Cooling Off for Kitty: This is How You Help Your Cat on Hot Days

Who doesn’t like to bask in the sun, especially in summer? Cats also enjoy sunbathing. On warm days, however, it can get very hot under the fur really quickly. With these tricks, you can cool your cat down.

People sweat, dogs pant – cats, on the other hand, find it difficult to keep themselves cool in the heat. Cats with long fur, flat faces, overweight or old kitties are particularly susceptible to this. But other cats can overheat too – and that can quickly end up being dangerous for the cats!

These Tips Will Keep Your Cat Cool

So there are some things you can do to keep your cat cool. First of all, it is important that there are cool places in the house or in the garden that your kitty can retreat to at any time. That could be the cold tiles in the kitchen or bathroom or shady grass under a tree.

Alternatively, there are cooling mats that you can buy. Or you just wrap some ice packs in towels and place them on your cat’s favorite spot. In addition, there should always be a well-filled bowl of water nearby.

On particularly hot days, it is advisable to only let your cat out in the early morning or late evening when it has cooled down a bit. It is worth thinking about a haircut, especially for long-haired cats. Often it is enough to shave the fur on the stomach and your cat will immediately feel a cooling effect.

“Peta” also recommends stroking cats with a damp cloth or washcloth from time to time. Similar to sweating, the evaporating moisture ensures that your kitty does not overheat.

How to Recognize Overheating in Cats

Despite all caution, it can happen that your cat overheats. You can recognize this, for example, by the fact that she is breathing quickly, drooling, lethargic or unsteady on her feet. If you see these signs, you should contact your vet immediately.

Incidentally, the same applies to both cats and dogs: never leave your pet alone in the car in summer. Within a few minutes, the vehicle is called an oven and thus becomes a dangerous death trap. Unfortunately, every summer the news of pet owners who leave their dogs or cats in the car increases.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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