Essential Tips for Keeping Cats Cool in Summer

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Essential Tips for Keeping Cats Cool in Summer

When the heat arrives, cats not only feel hot and bothered, but they are also at an  increased risk of potentially fatal heatstroke. As responsible cat owners, it is our duty to take proactive steps to keep them cool and comfortable. Continue reading to find out essential tips for  keeping your cat cool during hot weather  to ensure that your feline companion remains safe and protected from the dangers of overheating.

What temperature is too hot for cats?

While cats can tolerate higher temperatures than humans, there is a temperature threshold beyond which they may struggle to cool down effectively.Generally, if the ambient temperature exceeds 98.6°F (37°C), it can be considered too hot for cats.  However, factors such as humidity and the presence of shade should also be taken into account.

What happens to cats in summer?

Cats are naturally equipped to handle warmer weather, but extreme heat can pose serious health risks to them. Unlike humans,cats do not sweat through their skin. They rely on panting and seeking out cool spots to regulate their body temperature.  When exposed to prolonged heat, cats can become dehydrated, lethargic, and even suffer from heatstroke, which can be life-threatening if not addressed promptly.

How do cats naturally cool down?

Cats have several natural mechanisms to cool themselves down. These include:

1. Grooming 

Cats groom themselves meticulously, which helps to remove excess heat from their bodies as saliva evaporates from their fur.

2. Seeking shade

Cats are experts at finding cool spots in the house or outdoors, such as under a tree or in the shade of furniture, to escape the direct sunlight and lower their body temperature.

3. Panting

Cats pant to cool down, although they are not as efficient at it as dogs. If you notice your cat panting excessively, it may be a sign of overheating and should be addressed promptly.

    How to Keep Your Cats Cool in Summer?

    • Wet Towel

    Dampen a towel with cool water and gently stroke your cat's fur. This can help reduce their body temperature and provide instant relief from the heat.
    • Frozen treats

    Make or buy frozen treats specifically designed for cats. You can find recipes online for homemade cat-friendly ice treats or look for commercial frozen treats at pet stores. Always ensure they are safe for feline consumption.
    • Cooling mats

    Invest in a cooling mat for your cat. These products are designed to absorb and dissipate heat, helping to keep your cat's body temperature down. You can check out our  Icy Cool Summer Mats here.
    • Elevate Cat's Bed

    Elevating your cat's bed creates a space for air to circulate underneath, resulting in a cooler sleeping surface. Consider exploring our  Rainbow Cat Bed,which offers both elevation and a comfortable cotton material, perfect for keeping your kitty cool and cozy.

      • Cat Water Fountain

      Encourage hydration by providing your cat with a cat water fountain. Running water is more enticing to cats, and it helps them stay hydrated, which is essential during hot weather. You can check out our own Transparent Cat Water Fountain that provides a constant supply of fresh and clean water for your cats.
      • Indoor Activities

      Engage your cat in interactive indoor play sessions during the cooler parts of the day to keep them mentally stimulated without overexertion. For an entertaining and engaging experience, you can explore our Donut Foldable Cat Toy Scratcher,which offers hours of scratching and interactive fun for your furry friend.
      • Groom Regularly

      Regular grooming removes excess hair, allowing better air circulation and reducing the risk of overheating.
      • Create shady areas

      Set up various shaded spots around your house or apartment where your cat can relax and escape the direct sunlight. This could be achieved by using curtains, blinds, or even cardboard boxes with openings for ventilation.

        By following these essential tips, you can help your Superkittycats stay cool, comfortable, and safe during the summer months.Remember, keeping your cat cool and well-hydrated is essential for their overall health and well-being.With a little extra care and attention, you can enjoy a summer filled with happy and content Superkittycats! 

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