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How to Keep Cats Cool in a Heatwave

Cats love the warm weather. You’ll find them basking in the sun spots and then chilling on the kitchen tiles some time later. They’re pretty good at keeping cool, (they’re cats after all) but there are a few ways you can help.

  • Keep your cats indoors during midday when the sun is at its strongest. Usually this is between 10am and 3pm.
  • Close curtains and blinds in order to create a cool environment inside the home. Open the windows to benefit from draughts but keep them closed if it’s hotter outside than it is in the home.
  • Let your cats sleep where they want to. This might be in the middle of your kitchen or even in your bath tub! If they find a cold spot they may wish to lay there for a while and it’s best to let them be.
  • Ensure they have access to cool water throughout the day. Place bowls of water in the garden, the catio and anywhere your cat may be spending time and at risk of being shut in.
  • Cats do pant like dogs when it gets hot. You don’t have to worry about this unless it’s excessive panting.
  • Don’t panic if your cat isn’t as active as usual. Cats will often sleep more when the temperatures rise. This is good news as it stops them from overheating from exercising in the sunshine.
  • Check your cat’s feet. If they are sweating from their paws it means they are pretty hot. Check they have access to some cool water.
  • You may need to apply cat sunscreen on the nose and ears of cats if they are pale. The sunscreen needs to be pet friendly so it doesn’t harm your pet. Ask your vet if you’re concerned.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for any symptoms of heatstroke in cats. The symptoms are the same as in dogs and they include:

  • Red gums and or tongue
  • Lethargy
  • Extreme salivation
  • Heavy panting
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Falling unconscious
  • Inability to get up after collapsing

Take your cat to the vets if you notice any of these symptoms.