07 Apr Keeping Your Cat Cool This Summer
Since cats are indoor animals, it’s easy to overlook the most important elements of their summer safety by assuming that they’ll remain comfortable in the air conditioning until fall and winter arrive. However, just like dogs, cats need certain protections during the hot weather months in order to stay safe and comfortable.
Lots and Lots of Ice
Ice can go a long way in keeping your cat comfortable during hot weather. First, if you’re leaving for the day, simply place a few ice cubes in your kitty’s water bowl to ensure her water will remain nice and cold all day long. Second, freeze water in a small bottle overnight and then wrap it in a towel in the morning. Place the wrapped frozen bottle in your feline’s favorite lounging spot so that she can enjoy its coolness if she feels overheated.
Sheer Away Extra Hair
You wouldn’t want to walk through 90 degree weather in a sweater, so you definitely don’t want to force your cat to experience summer with long, thick fur. Talk to your vet to determine if shaving your cat is a wise idea to help her stay cool over the summer. It’s usually safe for cats, but some white cats have very pale skin and are at higher risk of sunburn.
Play Early or Late
Playtime in the middle of the day, when the temperature is at its most intense, isn’t a good idea. If your cat loves playing, purposefully schedule play time early in the morning or later in the evening when the sun isn’t as strong and the temperature isn’t as high. This will prevent your kitchen from becoming overheated or uncomfortable.
Whether you have a concern about your pet or just need to schedule a standard appointment, turn to the veterinary experts at Seven Oaks Pet Hospital in Wesley Chapel, FL. Seven Oaks is a full-service veterinary medical facility that offers premier medical and surgical care, wellness plans, and truly compassionate care for your favorite pets. Call (813) 929-4100 to make an appointment for your cat today.