The dog days (or should I say “cat-days”?) of summer are here and it’s HOT out there! Today I’m sharing 5 tips to help you protect your cats from the summer heat.
How to protect your cat in the summer heat:
We have two cats, Rocky and Callie. Rocky is 6 years old and is an indoor-only cat. Callie, on the other hand, is 19 years old and has always been an indoor/outdoor barn cat. We “re-homed” her with us when my parents moved from their country property to the city of Houston a few years ago. When I say indoor-outdoor, I mean Callie (and her sister, who is no longer with us) stayed outdoors every day but would be called in (with wet cat food, lol) and put into the barn or garage every night.
We continued with this arrangement after Callie came to live with us and it worked really well when we lived in our old house. (We lived in a country-like setting with lots of trees to keep everything shady and cool plus we had an entire separate garage for Callie that we heated in the winter; and it didn’t face the sun, so the garage stayed fairly cool in the summer too.)
Callie had a couple of spots on the porch or in the garage (we left it partially open for her during the day) where we could always find her snoozing. In the evening, she would come to the kitchen window and let US know she was ready for her dinner!
Now that we’ve moved into our temporary rental home, we’ve had to change Callie’s routines up a bit. We don’t have any tree cover here and the garage gets direct afternoon sunlight, so it gets really hot out there. Because of this, Callie doesn’t stay outside as much. She spends the mornings on the back porch, but now spends a lot more time in the afternoons sleeping on our upstairs couch!
You might wonder, when it’s hot out,
Do cats sweat?
Believe it or not, cats do sweat. They sweat primarily through their paws, which have the most sweat glands, and is why you may see damp paw prints in the summertime. This is a definite sign your cat needs to cool down!
5 Ways to Help Protect Your Cat in the Summer Heat
1.) Bring any indoor/outdoor cats inside.
To help protect cats from the summer heat, it’s a good idea to bring any indoor/outdoor cats inside during the hottest part of the day. With or without air conditioning, inside your house is likely to be cooler than any spot they’ll be able to find outside. During the hottest periods of summer, try to let them outside at night when it’s cooler and bring them inside during the warm weather. We do this with one of our kitties.
What temperature is too hot for cats?
A cat’s normal body temperature ranges between 99.5 and 102.5 degrees. You should become concerned about how to cool down a cat when their temperature reaches 104 degrees, which is considered the beginning of heatstroke. A temperature of 106 degrees is considered extremely high.
2.) Make sure they have flea and tick medication.
Giving your cat flea and tick medication is important year-round. However, it’s important to mention as a warm weather safety tip for cats as summer is when ticks are most abundant.
We use Catego® for Cats to help protect our kitties.
Catego® for Cats is a powerful flea and tick control. Applied monthly, Catego® is a topical treatment that will protect your cat from harmful parasites like fleas and ticks! It’s also easy to apply with the patented applicator) and kills fleas within 6 hours.
Catego® is currently available at PetSmart, Amazon and veterinarians. (Find a location near you.)
3.) Let them relax in the coolest areas of the house.
Your cats will naturally seek out the most comfortable areas of the house, such as tile floors not in the direct sunlight or in front of a fan. If they have an area they usually hang out, try to keep that area cooler by closing the curtains to avoid sunlight if possible.
4.) Add ice to their water.
A simple way to cool down a cat is to add just a couple of ice cubes to their water dish, especially if you’ll be gone most of the day.
5.) Reserve playtime for nighttime.
Though this is not the most fun warm weather safety tip for cats, it is important. Running around and playing makes a cat warmer, just as it would a human. Let them conserve their energy during the day and save playtime for after the sun goes down.
Don’t forget find Catego® at locations near you.
Now it’s your turn! Do you have any tips to share for protecting your cats from the summer heat?
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.