With the country on heatwave alert, and advice abounding on keeping your dog cool (although we are still amazed to hear about dogs being left in cars in this heat – just DON’T!), we thought we’d have a think about our feline friends.
Cat owners will say their cats are more intelligent that the average dog (though many dog owners would beg to disagree) – and often love to bask in the sun. But if they’re feeling the heat, they are good at keeping themselves cool.
So just let your cat follow its instinct to keep cool, and just make sure that you make things easier for them to do this.
Keep your blinds closed and curtains shut during the day to keep the house cool – for both you and your cat. If you are out during the day then your house will be a much cooler place for you to return to as well.
When your cat wants, let them choose a cool place to lie down. They may choose to sprawl on a tile floor or near a fan in summer, just as they will curl up in a warm place in winter. Some cats retreat under the bed, or even into a porcelain bath. They will find what suits them best.
Your cat may want to sleep even more than usual during the day – don’t worry! They will probably want to play at night (that’s when all the moths are about to chase). Be creative – some people recommend you give them an ice cube to play with!
Leave your cat plenty of water to drink, in various positions around the house, and make sure it’s fresh.
Don’t worry if your cats groom themselves more. This helps them cool down: as the saliva evaporates off its fur, the cat will cool down (rather like sweating).
Cats generally don’t like water, so probably won’t appreciate a squirt from the garden hose, or usually, won’t like a bath. Some people suggest you might wipe their paws with cool water (but with my cat, even that recommendation would come with one for industrial gloves!!)