TRAVELING WITH YOUR CAT? 6 TIPS BEFORE HITTING THE ROAD
If you’re planning on traveling with a cat sometime soon, here are a few tips to make the experience a little more enjoyable for both of you!
How to keep your cat cool during hot weather
The warm summer months are one of the most exciting times for cats with all of the birds, chipmunks, and wildlife to watch from the comfort of the inside your home. But, it can be hard for our furry friends to stay cool under that layer of fluff — especially in homes without air conditioning.
The following are some helpful tips on how to help your kitty avoid overheating during the warm summer months.
1. Keep Their Water Fresh and Cool
When it comes to summer cat safety, #1 on the list is to make sure your kitty always has a bowl of cold and refreshing water to drink from. Humans don’t enjoy grabbing a glass of warm water – and cats don’t either! An easy way to keep a full bowl of cool water is to add a couple of ice cubes. Once they melt, add a few more! You can also take a look at any number of cat gadgets — like a water fountain — that will ensure your best bud always has a cool drink.
2. Keep Their Favorite Spot Cool or Shaded
Most cats have a spot in the house they’ve claimed as “their spot”. It’s a good idea to keep it shaded in the summer, and maybe even put a fan in the room if you don’t have air conditioning. The shade and cool air will help keep them comfortable and lower the risk of any heat-related issues. Having areas of the floor without carpet can help by providing a cool surface for them to cat-nap on.
3. Don’t Bring Kitty in the Car
In the summer months, a car can be the most dangerous place for any animal. The sunlight through the windows and lack of ventilation can cause the car, and your cat, to overheat. If you have no choice but to bring your kitty with you on a road trip try to make the trip at night when the sun is down and the air is cooler. Leaving the air conditioning on, and keeping some ice water available for your cat to drink, can also help.
4. Keep Windows Open and Screens Closed
Windowsills are popular napping nooks because fresh air and a cool breeze can help keep your cat comfortable this summer. But make sure to have screens in your windows because cats are curious creatures and if there’s a way out, they’ll find it!
5. Get Your Kitty Vaccinated
Bugs and wildlife are much more active in the summer, so you need to protect your cat from any potentially harmful bites. Make sure the kitty’s vaccinations are up to date! If your cat does get bit, make sure to contact your veterinarian immediately.
6. Try Making “Catsicles”
Popsicles have always been the perfect summer treat, so try making pops your cat will love! These are so easy to make – take some wet food, or dry food mixed with water, put it in the bottom of a cup, and freeze overnight. Voila! The next day, take it out of the cup and put it in your cat’s bowl for a cool summer snack!
7. Keep a Close Eye On Your Cat
Make sure to check in on your kitty regularly during these hot summer months. Watch for signs of cat panting, rapid breathing, sweaty paws, or restlessness. These could be signs that your cat is overheated. If any of these occur, make sure to contact your veterinarian immediately, and give your cat some chilled water and a cool place to rest.
We hope these cat safety tips help your summer cat stay cool and safe! Cat panting, bites, and escapes may be scary, but they are preventable! Your kitty will thank you for providing a fun and safe summer with these cat tips, tricks, and ideas.