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Keeping Fluffy Cool in Summer

Are you ready for summer? We are! For our feline friends, however, summer’s heat can be both uncomfortable and dangerous. After all, Fluffy’s already wearing a fur coat! Below, a Greenwood, IN vet offers tips on helping your cat beat the heat.

Let The Furball Roam

Cats are absolute masters at making themselves comfortable. If you give your kitty free access to your home, she will naturally seek out the coolest spots. You may find your furball on the bathroom or kitchen floor, as tile tends to stay cool.

Keep Kitty Indoors

Don’t take chances! When the temperature rises, keep your cat indoors, in rooms cooled by fans and/or air conditioners.

Water

Make sure Fluffy always has plenty of fresh, clean water. If you’re gone all day, consider getting an automated waterer. On really hot days, drop an ice cube into your kitty’s water bowl to cool it down.

Ice Hockey

Batting an ice cube around is not only fun for Fluffy, it can actually cool her off. This is because those cute paw pads help your cat regulate her temperature. Put an ice cube down before your furball, and see if she goes for it.

Watch For Warning Signs

Heat is particularly hazardous to kitties, because they can’t cool themselves off very effectively. When the weather is really hot, keep a close eye on your kitty, and watch for symptoms of overheating. Panting, trembling, excessive grooming, sweaty paws, and unusual meowing are a few common warning signs. If you know or suspect that Fluffy is too hot, immediately take steps to cool her down, and call your vet.

Raised Beds

Raised beds help keep pets cooler, because they allow air to move underneath them. To make your feline buddy a little kitty hammock, get a coffee table or end table with four legs. Next, cut a piece of material, like an old sheet or blanket, so that it’s just a bit smaller than the tabletop. Then, just attach the corners to the table legs.

Monitor The Furball

Kitties often like to follow their humans around like furry little shadows. Keep an eye on Fluffy whenever you go in or out of your garage, shed, or attic, and make sure you don’t accidentally lock her in!

Do you have any questions about your cat’s health or care? Call us, your Greenwood, IN animal clinic, today!

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