😺☀️ Keeping Cool Cats: Protect Your Feline Friends This Summer! 🌴❄️
Earlier this week we talked about tips to protect our canine friends. Some of those tips can apply to what some may call the "superior" species 😼. Cats may seem independent and resilient, but they are susceptible to sunburn and heat exhaustion, just like us! So have a look over of some info on how to keep your cat safe as the temperatures climb (and some of them may be applicable to those pets that give a "woof" too!) 🐾🌞
1. Provide Ample Shade and Cool Retreats 🌿🌳:
Creating a kitty oasis with shaded areas is essential to protect your cat from the sun's harsh rays. Ensure they have access to cool retreats indoors, such as a basement, tiled floor, or a designated air-conditioned room. If your cat loves lounging by windows, use UV-blocking window film or provide window shades to minimize exposure. Remember, cats love their cozy nooks, so create a cool, comfy space where they can beat the heat! 😎😻
2. Limit Sun Exposure and Outdoor Time ☀️🌴:
During peak hours when the sun is strongest, it's best to keep your cat indoors. Plan their outdoor adventures during cooler times, such as early morning or late evening. If your cat loves exploring outside, provide a secure outdoor enclosure or harness and leash to ensure their safety while enjoying fresh air. Be vigilant and observe any signs of discomfort, such as excessive panting or seeking shade, as these may indicate overheating. Your watchful eye can save the day! 🏞️🐱
3. Apply Pet-Safe Sunscreen 🧴🌞:
Believe it or not, cats can get sunburned, especially those with light-colored fur or exposed skin areas like the nose, ears, and belly. Consult your veterinarian to find a pet-safe sunscreen suitable for your feline friend. Apply it generously to the vulnerable areas before venturing outside. Remember, human sunscreen can be toxic to cats, so always opt for products specifically formulated for pets. Shielding them from harmful UV rays ensures a happy and sunburn-free summer! 🧴🐾
4. Keep Hydrated and Provide Fresh Water 💦🐈:
Under normal circumstances, most cats drink about an ounce of water per pound of body weight per day and that need can be 3-4 times that amount when it is hot and humid! Ensure your cool cat has access to fresh, clean water at all times, both indoors and outdoors. Consider using multiple water bowls strategically placed throughout your home. Some cats prefer running water, so a cat water fountain can entice them to drink more. Ice cubes in the water bowl or frozen treats can also provide a refreshing hydration boost. If your cat eats wet food you could see if they will accept it with a small amount of added water to boost their intake. Remember, staying hydrated keeps your cat purr-fectly cool! 🚰😺
5. Think About Pool Safety 🌊:
To a cat, your backyard swimming pool is just one big water bowl. This means they may be tempted to lean over to take a drink. This can be a drowning risk if they happen to fall in and are unable to get out. It can also be a risk for stomach upset as pool water is not ideal to ingest for hydration purposes 🤢 Consider a pool alarm if your cat goes outside that can alert you if anyone or anything falls into your pool.
6. Recognize Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Act Promptly 😓❗️:
Even with precautions, heat exhaustion can occur. Watch for signs such as excessive panting, lethargy, drooling, vomiting, or unsteadiness. If you suspect heat exhaustion, move your cat to a cool, shaded area immediately. Offer water and use cool towels or a fan to lower their body temperature gradually. Contact your veterinarian promptly for further guidance and medical assistance. Acting swiftly can prevent severe complications and ensure your cat's well-being. Your care and attention make all the difference! 🌡️🚑
Hopefully with these tips, you're well-prepared to keep your cool cat safe and happy throughout the summer season. Prioritize their comfort, hydration, and stimulation, and enjoy the sunny days together, knowing your feline friend is well-protected and content. Wishing you and your purr-fect companion a delightful summer! 🌞🐾 We'd love to see photos of your cat enjoying the summer indoors or out either in the comments or sent through our app!