Most cat breeds are fairly well suited to warmer weather as their ancestors were desert-dwelling animals, but it’s still good to know if your cat’s breed means you should keep a particularly close eye on them.
In general, cats with long hair or snub noses, such as Persian cats, tend to struggle more in the heat and may even have problems breathing – so you may want to keep them inside during any hot spells.
If your cat has white fur, try keeping them inside between 10am and 3pm, as the sun is hottest during these times and prolonged exposure can cause sunburn or even skin cancer. You could also try using a pet-specific sun cream – speak to your vet about suitable options.
Although cats are often more sensible than dogs, there are still a few precautions you should take to make sure they’re staying safe in the sun.
Lots of cats enjoy stretching out and soaking up the sunshine, but always make sure there’s a cool shady spot for them to relax in too. You could try planting shrubs, using big plant pots or turning a cardboard box into a DIY cat shelter.
Make sure your cat doesn’t accidentally get shut in the shed, greenhouse or conservatory during the day or when you close them up at night – these can heat up very quickly and spell trouble for trapped kitties.
Keeping your cat cool inside your home is important too.
Leave doors and windows open or place fans around the house to keep the air circulating.
You can also invest in a cool mat or try freezing a bottle of water, wrapping it in a towel or pillowcase and placing it somewhere your cat likes to spend time.
Cool kitties will also love small, frozen patties made from their favourite wet food, and you can sprinkle catnip on top as an extra treat to get them interested.
Dehydration is a real problem for cats in hot weather, and it doesn’t help when they can be fussy about drinking. If you’re worried that your cat isn’t drinking enough, give the following tips a try:
If you think your cat might be suffering from dehydration, try the following tests, and always call the vet if you’re worried.
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