How to Keep your Cat Cool and Safe in Summer

Cats are extremely sensitive to heat. They may enjoy a little bit of lazing about in the sunshine at first, but the heat will soon get to them pretty quickly. I mean, poor cat. Imagine having to wear all that fur in this heat (on second thoughts, DON’T – fur is only for those that are born with it!)

Cat in grass

So what should you do to keep your cat cool, comfortable and safe during the summer months? 

  1. Make sure your cat has a shady area to hide away from the sun at all times (both indoors and out, and especially if you are going to be out of the house all day). Don’t lock the cat up in any room that can get extremely hot during the day (like a conservatory). Let your cat find the coolest place in the home to cool down. If your cat is an outdoor cat it’s best to keep them inside during the hottest part of the day.

  2. If you have a white cat please be aware that they can be prone to skin cancer so ensure that you apply a high factor sun cream to their ears and nose. Don’t use one that’s meant for humans as the chemicals contained could prove harmful if ingested by your cat. Instead, ask your vet, who should be able to recommend a cat-friendly one.

  3. Groom your cat daily (especially if it is long haired).

  4. Change wet food and litter trays regularly to help keep flies and foul smells away.

  5. Make sure your cat has plenty of water to drink. An automatic water fountain is great to have, especially if you are out of the house for a long time during the day. On really hot days you could place an ice cube in the cat’s water bowl to cool it down.

  6. If you have an indoor cat and you can’t open the window for fear of him escaping you must make sure to cool your home down with fans or air conditioning. This is good for the cat and it’s good for you too.

  7. NEVER leave your cat (or dog) in the car even if windows are left slightly open. This is deadly.

  8. Wipe your cat down with a cool, damp cloth or towel.

  9. If your cat is an outdoor cat it’s important to know that some garden plants are extremely dangerous for cats.

  10. Keep a look out for heatstroke. Signs are:

  • Panting
  • Anxiety, possibly demonstrated by pacing
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Respiratory distress or hyperventilation
  • Lethargy
  • Increased internal body temperature Your cat’s internal temperature should be between 100.5° and 101.5° F. A temperature of 104° or more is a definite warning sign
  • Bright red tongue
  • Red or pale gums
  • Thick, sticky saliva
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting – sometimes with blood
  • Diarrhea
  • Shock
  • Coma

If your pet is showing any of these signs you must call your vet or get him to one immediately .

Photo Angus MacKaskill -Flickr

Disclaimer: I am no vet. This article is provided for general information only. Please contact your vet if you are in any way worried about your pet.

About Marie

Proud cat mum Marie Symeou is a writer, cat blogger/photographer & animal rights advocate. Her rescue cat Athena is her muse and soulmate.

3 Thoughts on “How to Keep your Cat Cool and Safe in Summer

  1. Everyone is affected by the heat in the summers. These hot conditions can be very dangerous for every species and can be fatal sometimes. Our pets are also affected by these harsh conditions, so using a good product that does not have any harmful side effect and provides relief in this situation is really important. But always consult a vet before using any method or product on your pet’s.

  2. Thank you for your comment.

    Yes, it’s very important to know these things. With the current heatwave we are having here in the UK I’m always making sure Athena is comfortable and keeping well. She’s an indoor cat , but as I work from home I’m always there to keep an eye on her.

    As long as you stay in the shade I’m sure you’ll be OK.

  3. This was an excellent post, particularly letting our mom know the signs of heatstroke. Even when it is super hot we want to spend our whole day on the catio. We have water, food and shade, but won’t come in when Mom thinks we should. So we are glad that she has all the info she needs to care for us should a problem from the heat arise. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Misty May, Mauricio, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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