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Help Your Cat Beat the Heat

Summer is officially here! While many cats love the sun, it’s important to realize that hot weather can be very dangerous for them. Fluffy is wearing a fur coat, and doesn’t have many ways to cool herself down. Here, an Orangevale, CA vet offers some tips on keeping your feline pal cool this summer.

Water

Make sure that Fluffy always has fresh, clean water. Many cats prefer to drink running water, so you may want to get your furball a kitty fountain. On really hot days, you can drop an ice cube into your feline friend’s bowl.

Kitty Hammock

Hammocks are great for summer, as they’re much cooler than regular beds. To make Fluffy a hammock, you’ll need a piece of fabric and a table with four legs. Cut the material so that it’s a little smaller than the tabletop. Then, just attach the corners to the table legs. Voila!

Keep Fluffy In

Fluffy really is both safer and healthier staying indoors. The simplest way to keep your cute pet cool is to just keep her inside, in rooms cooled by fans or air conditioners.

Cat Hockey

Did you know that cats regulate their temperature through their paw pads? On really hot days, drop an ice cube onto the floor. A fun round of ice cube hockey will both entertain Fluffy and cool her off.

Brushing

Brushing your furry little diva will help remove dead fur and dander from her coat. This will help her stay cooler. It will also help prevent hairballs, and reduce the amount of fur that gets stuck to your furniture and belongings.

Cool Bed

Your kitty will really appreciate having a cool bed. Try pointing a sturdy fan at Fluffy’s favorite napping spot. Or, put a cool water bottle in your pet’s bed. Of course, you may find your furball sprawled out on the kitchen or bathroom floor. Tile naturally stays cool. This makes it very attractive to cats in summer!

Cold Treats

Who doesn’t like a cool snack on a sweltering day? Try keeping some of Fluffy’s treats in the fridge. You can also make her some frozen snacks by mixing canned tuna in water with plain yogurt and parsley. Divide into small portions, and then freeze overnight.

Please contact us, your Orangevale, CA pet hospital, with questions about your cat’s health or care. We’re happy to help!

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