Summer time is our favourite time of the year, with longer days, warmer weather and holidays! But, at the same time, it can be challenging for our furry friends. While their thick fur keeps them warm during winter, having a thick coat can turn into an issue with cooling off when the weather warms up; this is particularly true for cats. Humans cool themselves by sweating, and dogs by panting, but the main way for cats to avoid overheating is to stay away from the sun and the heat in general. So to make everything easier and more comfortable for your cats in summer, we have prepared 6 tips for you.
You can certainly turn the air conditioning on, but if you’re worried about the bills potentially skyrocketing, a fan might be enough to do the trick. Try to place the fan close to the floor and not pointed directly at the cat. Also, having the fan face the center of the room will allow for good overall ventilation. Be careful with both air conditioners and fans as they can be a hazard for your cat, especially if there aren’t any areas where the cat can warm up if it gets too cold, and if the fan blades are not covered or pet safe.
You might notice that, during warmer times, your cat can choose a different favourite spot to the one he usually occupies. Wooden floor and tiles are cooler than carpets so you might see him moving to that part of your house. Also if you have a basement or a cellar, you might want to make that available to your cat during very hot days.
It’s better to provide your cats with multiple large drinking bowls, such as dinner plates or dog bowls, as cats don’t like to get their whiskers wet and touching the side of the bowl. Make sure that the water is replaced frequently and always fresh, and that you change it at least once a day. Algae are toxic and can be very dangerous for your cat if they develop in the drinking bowl, so check daily to make sure that the bowl is nice and clean.
Cars are every pet’s nightmare in summer time, so do not ever leave your cat in the car. Also, so you might want to consider taking only essential short trips in the day, and leave long ones for night time. Inside the car, make sure you have some air conditioning on and some cool water available for when you reach your destination.
Especially if your cat is an outdoor one, check that there are shaded and cool places where he can go and rest during the hottest hours of the day. If your cat moves between indoor and outdoor areas, you might want to keep him indoors in a cool spot during the warmest hours, which are between 11am and 3pm.
Check up on your friend often for any sign of overheating or discomfort. If you see your cat panting, breathing rapidly, experiencing sweaty feet or acting restless, it may be a sign that your cat is overheated and you might want to consider calling your vet. Mad Paws can be the perfect way to always have someone around your cat when you can’t be there to look after your furry friend. Have a look at our services and book now one of our pet sitters for this summer!