Keeping Kitty Cool

Keeping Kitty Cool

Summer is on the way! As you prepare for hot weather, don’t forget about your feline buddy. Cats can overheat very easily. And, since they don’t have an easy way to cool down, getting too hot can be very dangerous for kitties! Read on as a local Oakdale, NY vet offers advice on keeping Fluffy cool in the summer heat.

Water

Make sure your feline friend always has plenty of fresh water. Cats actually often prefer to drink running water, so you may want to get Fluffy a kitty fountain. On really hot days, you can put a few ice cubes in your pet’s water to keep it cool. You can also give your four-legged friend cool sodium-free broth for extra hydration.

Kitty Hammock

Hammocks are actually cooler than regular beds. That’s why they are so often pictured in pictures of tropical beaches! You can make your furry pal a cute hammock in just a few minutes. All you need is a table or end table with four legs, some twine or Velcro, and a piece of material. Cut the material so that it’s a little smaller than the tabletop, and then attach the corners to the table legs. Voila! On really hot days, Fluffy may enjoy snoozing on a cool water bottle with a thin towel over it.

Brushing

Brushing Fluffy regularly will also help keep her cooler. Dead fur and dander decrease the insulating properties of your pet’s fur, which can make her itchy, hot, and uncomfortable. This is also a great way to bond with your kitty, and make her feel pampered and loved.

Climate Control

Make sure Fluffy always has access to at least one room that is cooled by fans or climate control. Actually, if you let your furball roam freely throughout the house, she’ll naturally seek out the coolest spots. This is one reason our feline companions like sprawling out on kitchen and/or bathroom floors: the tile naturally stays cooler.

Warning Signs

Watch your kitty closely for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Some common ones include panting, drooling, lethargy, and unusual behavior or vocalizations. If you think your feline pal is too hot, immediately give her some water, wrap her in a wet towel, and contact your vet or pet emergency clinic.

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