Helping Your Cat Beat the Heat

As you’ve probably noticed, summertime in Georgia can get extremely hot. While our warm climate does have some great perks, the dog days of summer can be very hard on our pets, especially cats. Kitties aren’t well equipped to deal with hot weather, and can get very sick if they overheat. In this article from All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica Area, GA area, a local vet offers tips on keeping Fluffy cool in summer.

Water

Make sure your furball always has plenty of fresh, clean water to drink. When it gets really hot out, drop an ice cube into your kitty’s bowl to cool it off.

Cool Napping Spots

We recommend keeping your cat indoors, in rooms cooled by fans or air conditioners. Of course, as we all know, kitties are experts at finding comfy napping spots. Fluffy will naturally seek out the coolest place in the home. Don’t be surprised if you find your feline friend sprawled out on the bathroom floor: tile often stays quite cool.

Grooming

Cats are very good about keeping themselves clean. Give Fluffy a helping hand by brushing her regularly. This will remove dead fur from her coat, and help keep her cooler.

Beds

Your furry pal will likely appreciate having a fan pointed at her bed. You may also want to get your kitty a raised bed, as these are cooler than regular ones. If you’re trying to cut corners, you can go the DIY route and make Fluffy a kitty hammock. All you need are an end table or coffee table with four legs and a piece of material. Cut the material so that it’s smaller than the tabletop, and then attach the corners to the legs. Presto!

Warning Signs

Keep a close eye on your feline friend when it’s really hot outside. Cats don’t have a good way to cool themselves off: panting isn’t very effective for them, and they can only sweat through their paw pads. If Fluffy is overheating, she may pant, meow differently, or groom herself excessively. Vomiting, trembling, lethargy, and sweaty paws are also red flags. If your furball has any of these symptoms, immediately cool her off and call your vet.

Please contact All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica Area, GA area, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re happy to help!