How to Keep Your Cat Cool this Summer

how to keep cats cool in summer

Scorching summer days might be welcome for us humans, but our feline friends may need some help staying cool in warmer weather. Cat parents can get clued up on how to keep cats cool this summer with these six tips from Katrin Scholz, Head Nutritionist at AniForte, 

  1. HYDRATION 

Cats are actually descended from desert dwelling animals and so are reasonably well equipped for the heat compared to the struggles that dogs can face. However they are not invincible! To maintain levels of hydration is highly important. This may sound obvious but for cat owners who don’t have a cat flap, pets can be shut out of the house for long periods of time and will need to source water by themselves. The water doesn’t have to necessarily be totally fresh but there should be a choice of places for the cat to be able to drink from, for example a pond or watering can.

2. FOOD

The choice of food is also important in maintaining cat’s hydration. Fresh food with a high meat content provides much better hydration than dry food and so is particularly good to use during the summer months. The AniForte PureNature range is perfect for providing good hydration with natural, fresh ingredients.

3. SHADE

Ensure that your furry friend has access to adequate shade and cover in your garden to allow cats to stay out of the sun and cool down. Cats especially enjoy the shade provided by plants, by stretching out over a moist bed of soil they can cool down quickly! Although always keep an eye on the kinds of plants they are favouring, often they will choose to chew on leaves, some of which can be poisonous to cats.

4. GROOMING

You may notice that your pet cat appears to be cleaning more regularly than usual, this is to keep fur moist which helps them to cool down. We can also aid them in cooling down by grooming them thoroughly. Lots of fur is shed as the weather warms, particularly in cats with thicker coats. By regularly brushing their coats, we can ensure that they are not carrying any unnecessary fur around with them. Furthermore, in areas that cats grow little or no fur, sun tan lotion can be applied to protect the areas from the sun’s rays. Places such as the ears and nose can benefit from protection, although be careful to only use creams free of preservatives and scents as the cat will likely lick the cream off whilst washing itself. 

5. ICE

Just like we humans, cats can benefit greatly from using ice in the peak summer months. Drop a few ice cubes into their water bowl before you leave the house to top up the levels of water in your absence whilst also cooling the water. Alternatively, part fill a water bottle and leave it in the freezer until frozen. Wrap the bottle in a towel and leave it where your cat most enjoys laying down – they will appreciate it!

Cats are independent animals for the most part and so signs that the heat is taking its toll can sometimes be hard to spot. It is worth keeping a close eye on them during the hottest days, if you are particularly worried – consider only letting them out of the house during the cooler hours of the day, rather than underneath the midday sunshine. 

Do you have any tips and tricks for keeping cats cool on hot days? Share them with us in the comments below. 

Sara is the Founder & Editor of StyleTails. A writer, design-lover and long-time animal-hugger, Sara launched StyleTails in 2012 to inspire people live a more beautiful life with their four-legged friends. Along with her canine sidekick George, a rescue Yorkie with a big attitude, Sara regularly commentates on luxury pet product and lifestyle trends and has been featured in Elle Decoration, BBC Radio, and is also an expert contributor to WGSN, the leading design trend forecaster.

2 Comments

  • Joyceware50@gmail.com'
    Reply July 23, 2017

    Joyce ware

    Hi, in really hot weather, I get a rather wet flannel, squeeze some water on to her spine, then rub the flannel up from her bottom to her head a couple of times.

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