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 Outdoor Paved Areas
Cool down outdoor paving that is shaded, by hosing the paving until it is quite wet. Even a bucket of water splashed over paving will provide a cool spot for a short while. 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.
An Open Litter Box
Make sure there is enough space in the litter box for the cat to enter and do his business without feeling too cramped. An enclosed litter box can heat up during hot weather. This may make the interior uncomfortable for the cat. This could be a god time to remove the upper half of the box, even temporarily.
This is something to be aware of in very hot weather if your cat has an enclosed litter box.
ice Cubes In The Water Bowl
Pop some ice cubes into the cats water bowl. This will help to keep the water cooler, longer.
A plus with this, is that the ice cube will be like a new toy for your cat. Something to swat about and try to grab.
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Cool Places Indoors
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.
Pet Cooling Mat
Consider getting a pet cooling mat which will help keep the cat cool throughout the day. The cat can access the mat whenever he feels like it. The mats themselves are not cold but do provide some cooling relief. A mat will allow your cat to stretch out.
hardwood Flooring Is A Plus
If you have hardwood flooring keep it uncovered or partly 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 The Cat Indoors
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.
A Water fountain
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.
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Give your cat access to shady spots outside. Provide an outdoor shelter that is shaded from direct sunlight.
When 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.