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Keeping Your Cat Cool in Summer

Summer is coming… and so is the heat. Staying cool on those scorching hot summer days can be challenging for our feline friends. After all, Fluffy is already wearing a fur coat, and doesn’t have any easy ways to cool off. In this article, a Redlands, CA vet offers some tips on keeping your kitty cool.

Brushing

One easy way to keep your cat cool and comfortable is to brush her regularly. Dead fur and dander can get quite itchy for kitties! They also diminish the insulating properties of your furball’s coat. Pick a time when your pet is feeling relaxed, and brush her gently.

Water

Make sure your furry friend always has fresh, clean water. Many cats prefer drinking running water, so you may want to get Fluffy a kitty fountain. On really hot days, put an ice cube into her bowl to keep the water cooler.

Kitty Bed

Hammocks are great for summer. Because they allow air to move beneath them, they stay cooler than regular beds. You can buy Fluffy a little pet hammock, but you can also make one. Just use twine or Velcro to attach a piece of fabric to the legs of a table. Voila! You can also try putting a cool water bottle and in your cat’s bed, under a thin towel.

Fluffy’s Domain

We always recommend keeping cats indoors, simply because they are safer and healthier staying outside. However, if you do let your kitty out, limit her outdoor time during the hottest parts of the day. Also, keep a close eye on your furball. Our feline friends like to follow us around. You don’t want Fluffy getting trapped in a sweltering attic or shed!

Keeping It Cool

If there’s one thing cats are experts at, it’s getting comfortable. If you give Fluffy the freedom to roam wherever she pleases in your home, she’ll naturally seek out the coolest spots. Don’t be surprised if you find your kitty sprawled out on the kitchen or bathroom tile. Tile naturally stays cooler than many materials.

Summer Games

Fluffy may also enjoy a round of ice cube hockey. Cats use their paw pads to regulate their temperature, so batting an ice cube around can be very effective way for kitties to cool off.

Please call us, your Redlands, CA pet hospital, anytime. We’re here to help!

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