Getting Cats Ready For Summer

May 15, 2024

Offering Some General Advice On How To Prepare Your Cat For The Summer Weather, Heat, And Festivities

Summer is nearly here! As the temperature starts to rise and the sun shines brighter, it’s not just us humans who need to adjust to the summer heat. Our feline friends also require special attention to stay cool, comfortable, and safe during the warmer months.

With a little preparation and care, you can ensure that your beloved kitty stays happy and healthy all summer long. This article will offer some general tips on how to get your feline friends ready for summer!

Hydration Is Essential

Just like us, cats need to stay hydrated, especially during the summer heat. Therefore, it’s important that your cat always has access to fresh, clean water. Consider placing multiple water bowls around the house, especially in cooler spots away from direct sunlight. Some cats enjoy drinking from fountains, so investing in a cat water fountain might encourage them to drink more. For more information about the best cat water fountains on the market, click here

A cat drinking water
A cat drinking water

Keeping Them Cool

Both long-haired and short-haired cats can overheat easily when exposed to summer heat & temperatures. Therefore, it’s essential to provide them with cool spots to retreat to during the hottest parts of the day. Create shady areas in your home where your cat can relax comfortably. You can use shades or curtains to block out the sun, or set up a cozy spot with a fan or air conditioning nearby.

Grooming

Summer means shedding season for many cats. Regular grooming can help reduce shedding and prevent uncomfortable mats. Brushing your cat regularly during the summer will help them feel more cool and comfortable. Additionally, removing that loose fur will help prevent unwanted hairballs. However, be cautious not to over-groom, as cats’ skin can become sunburned if they are suddenly exposed to more sunlight due to a shorter coat.

For additional information on overall cat grooming, click here

A cat being brushed
A cat being brushed

Sunburn Protection

Yes, cats can get sunburned too, especially those with lighter fur or skin. If your cat enjoys lounging in sunny spots, consider applying pet-safe sunscreen to their ears, nose, and any other exposed areas. Additionally, be sure to provide shady spots outdoors or consider investing in a cat-safe outdoor enclosure where they can enjoy the fresh air without being exposed to direct sunlight for too long.

For more information regarding sunburn in cats, click here

Watch For Pests

Warmer weather means an increase in pests like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, which can pose health risks to your cat. Ensure your cat is up to date on flea and tick prevention medications, and consider using cat-safe mosquito repellents if necessary. Regularly check your cat for any signs of fleas or ticks, such as excessive scratching or small black/brown dots in their fur.

A cat receiving flea & tick prevention medication
A cat receiving flea tick prevention medication

Be Mindful Of Hot Surfaces

Remember that asphalt, concrete, and even sand can get scorching hot in the summer sun. These excessively hot, sun-absorbing surfaces can burn your cat’s sensitive paw pads. If you’re taking your cat outside for a walk or to play, stick to cooler surfaces like grass or use pet-safe booties to protect their paws. A good rule-of-thumb is to place your hand on the surface. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your cat’s paw pads. 

Stay Vigilant

Lastly, always keep an eye on your cat for any signs of heat stroke or dehydration. Symptoms may include excessive panting, lethargy, drooling, and vomiting. If you suspect your cat is overheating, move them to a cooler area immediately, offer water, and contact your veterinarian for further advice.

For more information regarding heat stroke in cats, click here

A cat lounging in the sun
A cat lounging in the sun

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