As the temperature rises and summer is upon us, it's important to ensure the well-being of our warm fur friends. In this blog post, we'll explore essential summer safety tips that will help you keep your cat cool, hydrated, and protected during the hot months ahead. From preventing heatstroke to creating a cat-friendly summer environment, I've got you covered.
Hydration is Key: Cats are terrible drinkers, even if your cat drinks, they never drink enough and generally exist in a semi-dehydrated state. That is why wet food is so important over the summer, it will help get additional water into your cat. You can also encourage water intake by providing plenty of glass or ceramic bowls or glasses around your home, make sure they are filled to the brim and changed daily. Cats also do not like to drink next to their food, so provide water away from where they eat. You can also encourage water intake by providing tasty water that you have cooked a piece of fish or chicken in. Many cats prefer running water, for these cats try a water fountain, but make sure you get one that is as quiet as possible as many cats are put off by the noise of the motor.
Indoor Oasis: Create a cool area your cat can retreat to if they get too hot. Keep a favourite bed or blanket in this location, you can even put down a damp towel for your cat to choose to sit or lay on. Keep some water near by to help remind them to drink if they retreat to this cool area.
Beat the Heat Outdoors: Provide your cat with plenty of shady places in your garden, make sure they are both on ground level and higher up. In very hot weather, keep your cat in during the hottest part of the day. And do not forget to apply sunscreen to your cat's vulnerable nose and ears if they are light in colour. If you want more information about sunscreen you can check out my post about sunscreen here.
Summer Grooming: If your cat likes to be groomed, grooming them will remove extra hair that they are shedding and will make their job of grooming easier! Cat's coats should not be shaved in the summer because it offers them protection from the sun, so if you are considering getting part of your cat's coat shaved, wait until after summer.
Summer is a time of fun and relaxation, but it's essential to prioritise your cat's well-being in the heat. By following these summer safety tips, you can ensure your feline friend stays cool, comfortable, and protected throughout the season.
Remember, each cat is unique, so be attentive to their individual needs and consult with your vet for personalised advice. Together, let's make this summer a purrfectly safe and enjoyable one for our furry companions.