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Hot Weather Care for Cats

As you’ve probably noticed, summers can be blazing hot here in Nevada. Now, imagine wearing a fur coat on a sweltering day. That doesn’t sound like much fun, does it? Our feline friends don’t have any choice in the matter, however. Heat can actually be very dangerous for kitties, as they don’t have many ways to cool themselves down if they get too hot. Therefore, you’ll want to take some precautions to keep your pet cool and comfy when temperatures rise. Below, a Craig Road, NV vet discusses hot weather care for cats.

Water

First and foremost, make sure that Fluffy always has plenty of fresh, clean water. Many kitties prefer drinking running water, so consider getting your furball a pet fountain.

Cold Treats

Make Fluffy a cold treat by mixing undrained tuna in water with plain yogurt and a little parsley. Freeze in small portions, using an ice cube tray, and offer your pet one or two on hot days.

Ice

On really hot days, drop an ice cube into your kitty’s water dish. You can also put one on the floor for her to bat around. Because cats use their paw pads to regulate their temperature, this will help Fluffy cool off.

Hammock

Hammocks are cooler than regular beds, as they allow air to flow beneath them. To make Fluffy a kitty hammock, just attack a piece of material to a chair or end table with four legs.

Warning Signs

Watch your kitty for signs of heat stroke. Drooling, panty, sweating paws, and unusual meowing are a few red flags. If you know or suspect that your cat is overheating, immediately give her water, take steps to cool her down, and then call your vet.

Keep Kitty In

The best way to help Fluffy beat the heat is to keep her indoors, in rooms cooled by fans and/or air conditioners. We actually recommend that cats live indoors all the time. Cats that go outside face many dangers, such as predators, wild animals, heat, chemicals, and cars.

Let Fluffy Roam

Kitties are very, very good at getting comfortable. Your cat will instinctively seek out the coolest spot in the house. Don’t be surprised if you find Fluffy in the bathroom: the tiles on bathroom floors often stay quite cool.

Does your kitty need veterinary care? Contact us, your Craig Road, NV animal hospital, today!

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