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Keeping your cat cool this summer

11 July 2015
Keeping your cat cool this summer While most of us look forward to some warm sunny summer days and equip ourselves well with the necessary ice lollies and parasols, don’t forget your cat!

Here are some tips to help keep your feline friends cool and healthy this summer:

  • Fans can be used for general environmental cooling.
  • Make sure there's plenty of shade for your cat to get out of the sun.
  • Don't let your kittens get thirsty! Leave out plenty of fresh water to keep them hydrated - Adding a couple of ice cubes to the cats’ water can help keep them cool.
  • Be aware that cats may eat less during the hot weather, preferring to eat earlier or later in the day when it’s cooler.
  • Make sure to keep litter trays clean and fresh.

A place in the sun
Most cats love to bask in the sun and being very clever they will limit their activity to suit the environmental conditions. If it’s very hot they will only carry out necessary activities.

Exposure to the sun can be a trigger factor for a type of cancer that is more commonly seen in cats with unpigmented white ears or noses so it is certainly a good idea to try to offer some protection. To help keep your cat as comfy and cool as possible there are various things you could consider doing to help:

  • Try keeping him indoors during the hottest part of the day.
  • Make sure your cat has plenty of places he can choose to go that are shaded from the sun.
  • Plant shrubs and trees in your garden so he can sit in the shade and have a cool patch.

There are sunblocks available that have been manufactured specifically for use on animals, some of which have been designed to be lick proof. Your vet should be able to recommend one or source one for you.

For more helpful hints check out this Cats Protection leaflet: http://www.cats.org.uk/uploads/documents/The_Cat_Mag_extracts/Helpline_-_cats_in_the_sun.pdf 

You can also contact the Cats Protection Helpline by phone, 03000 12 12 12, or by email helpline@cats.org.uk.