Whether shorthair or longhair, your cat feels the summer heat and needs relief from the rising temperature. They are also at risk of dehydration just like us humans. So when the temperature starts to rise, make sure your kitty stays comfortable. Here are seven ways to keep your cat cool this summer.
1. Plenty of water. Make sure your cat has plenty of water in various positions around the house. It’s common sense but you should check your cat’s water bowl regularly and fill it up whenever it’s low. Cats can’t survive for long without it. Place the water bowls in shaded, but well trafficked areas. Cats often prefer their water to be placed away from their food. In addition. Always keep water AND food in a separate location from the litter box. No cat wants to eliminate close to where they eat or drink (would you?)
2. Let your cat choose a cool place to lie down. They will naturally gravitate towards a slate floor or a fan in summer, just as they will curl up in a warm place in winter.
3. Shaded Area. Make sure that at least one of your cat’s beds in located in a shaded area. That’s the best way to encourage her to stay out of the sun. An extra fan or two blowing in her general direction will help while she’s trying to take a nap.
4. Close the curtains. Keep the blinds closed and the curtains shut to keep the house cool for your cat. Keep the windows closed if it is hotter outside than in.
5. Postpone playtime. It’s best to have playtime early morning or at the end of the day, when it’s cooler. Cats can get overheated pretty quickly by strenuous exercise on hot days.
6. Daily Brushing. Even if you have a short hair cat, she’ll benefit from a daily brushing. By keeping her hair sleek and well maintained, your cat will really feel the breeze.
7. Pet Your Cat with a Wet Cloth. Take a damp washcloth or paper towel and stroke your cat with it. Most cats don’t mind a little bit of moisture on their fur, especially when they notice how it can cool them off.