Summer has officially started. Today, right on cue, much of northern NSW along with southern and central Queensland are experiencing their first heatwave of the season. With temperatures forecast to go well beyond the mid-30’s in many places, it’s a timely reminder about what we need to do to look after our Favourite Felines (and all their other furry friends) during the hot summer months ahead.
Our Tips For Keeping Cats Cool
- Water: One of the basic tasks involved in taking care of your cat is providing them with fresh water. Cats can be a bit fussy about water and are sensitive to both its temperature and taste. As a bare minimum change the water in the bowl once a day – twice if you can. On the really scorching hot days you could always throw a few cubes of ice in the bowl before you head out to work to keep the water cold for as long as possible. If puss-cat is going to be outside then ensure there is access to water inside and outside. Remember that water in bowls will evaporate surprisingly quickly which is another reason to get into a regular routine of changing the water
- Shade: This is especially important if you have an outdoor cat. Make sure that they have somewhere out of the direct sun that they can get to. It might be a spot on the verandah or balcony, or maybe your cat is like Pussa whose favourite spot is in a large garden pot with a bushy plant that creates just the right amount of shade for her. If your cat is going to be outside all day ensure that they can retreat from the heat both in the morning and afternoon. The afternoon heat can be especially severe so if your outside area is western facing be particularly mindful. A special mention for the hooman servants of cats with pink noses. They should never be allowed outside, or perhaps only when the sun isn’t out, because of the risk of sunburn. For these puss-cats the best thing to do is to stay inside
- Grooming: Regular grooming will help your puss-cat shed excess fur. I’m sure they would appreciate any assistance in this since walking around with a fur coat on when it’s 35 degrees is probably not that much fun. Keep in mind that one of the reasons cats groom is to help them keep cool. When a cat licks itself the moisture left behind evaporates and cools the cat down. If on those hot days you think your puss-cat is feeling the heat you could try patting your cat with a wet towel and this would act in the same way
- Ventilation: For our cats who are indoor inhabitants if you can keep a window partially open this will circulate air throughout the day. I realise that from a security and/or safety perspective this might not be possible but it may aid in maintaining a comfortable temperature for our furry friends. Otherwise do your cat a favour – get a fan.
As a bit of an adjunct, avoid leaving food out for any extended period of time and this is particularly so in summer. Especially if you feed outside the heat and/or sun may result in bacterial growth and your cat might become ill if they eat it. You also risk attracting ants, flies and cats from around the neighbourhood. Just guessing but I’ll bet your puss-cat probably doesn’t appreciate sharing their rations with anyone else.
If you want to zhoosh up your Favourite Feline’s feeding area what about a personalised Feed Board? We engrave your cat’s name into the beautiful silky oak wood, then oil it to bring out its gorgeous grain. The purrrfect Christmas present for the hard-to-buy-for-cat!