Cats are typically more comfortable in summer heat than winter cold because of their body temperature.
They have a higher natural body temperature than humans. A cat’s normal temperature ranges from 99.5 to 102.50 degrees Fahrenheit (37.5 – 39 °C) and is usually between 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit (~38° C). Cats are also good at regulating their body temperature and seek cool places to hang out in hot weather.
Here are 10 Ways To Keep Your Cat cool In Hot Weather
- Cool down outdoor paving (that is shaded) by hosing the paving until it is quite wet. The heat will dry the paving quickly, however the coolness is retained for a period of time. Cats and dogs are attracted to these cool places. The cat will love lying on the cooled paving.
- Make sure there is enough space in the litter box for the cat to go inside and do his business without feeling too cramped. An enclosed litter box can heat up during hot weather and make the interior uncomfortable for the cat. Something to be aware of in very hot weather if your cat has an enclosed litter box.
- Pop some ice cubes into the cats water bowl to keep the water cooler longer. A plus with this, is that the ice cube may be like a new toy for your cat. Something to swat about and try to grab.
- Offer cats access to cool places, like an open shaded window or shady spot on the porch. We know cats like comfort. Put a comfy cushion in a shady spot and the cat will find it.
- Consider getting a pet cooling mat which will help keep the cat cool throughout the day. These mats are great at keeping animals’ bodies at the right temperature while they sleep. The cat can access the mat whenever he feels like it.
- Keep hardwood flooring uncovered. A hardwood floor is definitely a place of coolness for cats. One of our cats used to come through the cat door and almost immediately plonk down onto the coolness of the hardwood floor. This also applies to tiled areas and concrete. Ensure your cat has easy access to these areas.
- Keep your cat indoors during the hottest part of the day if this is an option for you. The hottest part of the day is usually around noon.
- Offer plenty of water, preferably from a cat water fountain to ensure freshness. Cat water fountains are usually placed indoors however this one can be placed outdoors ensuring a fresh supply of water for the cat. This is particularly important if the cat can’t come indoors during the day. Great for dogs too.
- Give your cat access to shady spots outside. Provide an outdoor shelter that is shaded from direct sunlight.
- If direct sun hits a window, definitely keep the curtains drawn. If the cat has a window hammock attached to one of these windows, this can become a mini oven in summer. Move the cat hammock to another window. If you can’t move the hammock, make it inaccessible to the cat. The same applies to sunny window ledges. Cats will naturally seek places that are cool in hot weather, so these steps may not need to be taken for your cat.
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Cats are known for their ability to take care of themselves. Be aware of where your cat is in very hot weather. Problems mostly occur when owners leave animals inside an enclosed car on hot days or in a house that is overly warm.