As summer begins to settle in for the season, things are heating up which means you have to find ways to keep your cat cool. The folks at catster.com offer these six tips to keep your cat cool this summer when the heat just can’t be beat:
- Put a few ice cubes in your kitty’s water bowl. Another option is a freezer bowl. These have a gel core to freeze, then it is inserted into the bowl frame to keep your pet’s water cool for up to 8 hours. Two options are the Polar Bowl and FroBowl. Both are available online.
- Fill a small soda bottle with cold water and let it freeze overnight in the freezer. Come morning, wrap the bottle in a towel and place it in your cat’s favorite resting spot. If she becomes overheated, she can cool herself down by resting up against it or on it. Just remember, however, not to completely fill the bottle, as water expands when it freezes and could burst the bottle. Further, DO NOT use those cooling gel packs. If your cat just so happens to poke a hole in the plastic with his claw and ingests it, it could be potentially harmful to him.
- Get a small box fan and put it on the floor near your air conditioner or an open window. To add some extra cooling power, put a frozen water bottle in front of the fan.
- Get a damp washcloth or paper towel and gently stroke your cat with it. He probably won’t mind the moisture so much once he realizes how good it makes him feel.
- Consider closing any blinds that face south or west in your home. This will keep your cat cooler and as an added bonus, it can potentially save you some money on your energy bill!
- Change up your routine when it comes to playtime with your cat. Move the fun to later in the day when it is cooler. Strenuous exercise can quickly lead to overheating in a cat.
Pets are quite sensitive to extreme heat, but following the tips above will help your feline stay one cool cat!
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