Cool Cats – Preventing Cats Overheating in a Heatwave

Cool Cats – Preventing Cats Overheating in a Heatwave

A fast trawl of the web brings up loads of information tales about canines dying from heatstroke, however hardly any about cats.

Our feline associates are both nicely adept to coping with the recent climate or simply wise. Indeed most cats select to go out at evening when its cooler as an alternative of being dragged out by their house owners for a stroll within the warmth of the day, which canines typically are.

That mentioned cat charity, Cats Protection[i], just lately warned in regards to the risks of sunburn and even pores and skin most cancers if cats are over-exposed, after a 13 yr previous cat in Wales needed to have the tops of her ears eliminated following a pores and skin most cancers analysis.

So with the heatwave exhibiting no indicators of letting up, we’re providing a number of ideas for preserving your cat cool and secure within the sunshine this summer season:

Stay out of the solar

The most evident tip is to maintain cats indoors in the course of the hottest a part of the day (11 am till 4:30 pm). As cats typically sleep in the course of the day and hunt at evening limiting outdoors entry needs to be pretty simple. If you’re out all day simply shut the cat flap and home windows and guarantee they’ve a litter tray to do their enterprise. If you’re in simply ensure that again doorways are closed and home windows simply ajar and never sufficiently big for them to flee by way of.

Sprite & Scamp, Photographed for Homesitters, Dulwich, twelfth July 2016

Provide clear, recent water day by day

You are in all probability already fastidious about making certain your cat all the time has clear recent water, for worry of them turning their nostril up, however in scorching climate it’s important to verify they’ve a full clear bowl always to encourage them to drink sufficient. You may even pop a number of ice cubes in at times to maintain it cool which many cats will welcome.

Keeping the home cool

A cool home can present a welcome respite from the warmth for each proprietor and cat so hold the home as cool as doable in highly regarded climate. Curtains and blinds needs to be saved shut. It may very well be price investing in black out blinds to maintain the glare of the solar out too. A fan or two would possibly assist and in the event you actually wish to convey the temperature down a transportable air con unit is a superb funding throughout a protracted heatwave.

Put on sunscreen

As we famous above cats can get pores and skin most cancers and lightweight colored cats particularly are susceptible to sunburn on delicate areas resembling noses and ears. If your cat is mild colored and even simply as a precaution to any cat outdoors on sunny days you possibly can apply sunscreen. There are specifically formulated pet sunscreens available on the market that can be utilized, however don’t use sunscreen meant for people as this may be poisonous to cats.

Cooling merchandise

There are plenty of merchandise you could purchase resembling cooling mats and ice packs to place in bedding to maintain cats cool.  You may additionally make your personal ice pack by freezing a bottle of water and wrapping it in a towel and putting within the cat’s mattress. Fans could be helpful to have on in a number of rooms to maintain the air flowing and provides your cat a little bit of breeze. You may even use a hand fan on the cat if they’re prepared. Making some icy treats on your cat will also be a great way to chill them down. Try freezing a mixture of water and tuna in an ice dice tray.

Finally preserving your cat nicely groomed, particularly if they’re lengthy haired will assist cats keep cool.

During scorching climate it’s additionally necessary to maintain an additional eye in your cat to identify any indicators of heatstroke early, which embody dribbling, extreme panting and collapse. Should you believe you studied they’ve heatstroke transfer them to a cool room, dampen their coat utilizing a cool flannel or towel and search veterinary recommendation as quickly as you possibly can.

If you’re going on vacation think about using a homesitter to remain in your house and take care of your cat when you’re away, go on the following tips to allow them to guarantee your cat stays cool and comfy till you come back.

If you’re on the lookout for a homesitter this summer season contact Homesitters on 01296 630 730.

[i] https://www.mirror.co.uk/information/uk-news/cat-charity-issues-weather-warning-12825629

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