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Preventing Heat Stroke In Cats

June 1, 2022

Summer can be a very dangerous time for our feline pals. Fluffy can’t sweat if she overheats, so getting too hot can cause her to get very sick. This is definitely something for pet owners to keep in mind as the hot weather approaches. A local Roanoke, VA vet offers some advice on keeping your furry friend cool and comfy in this article.


Water

Make sure that your feline buddy always has plenty of fresh water! You may want to get Fluffy a kitty fountain: many cats prefer to drink running water. You can drop an ice cube into her bowl on hot days if you like.


Grooming

Cats are pretty good about cleaning themselves, but they can always use some help. Brushing Fluffy regularly will remove dead fur and dander from her coat. That will definitely help keep her cooler, as those things can interfere with the insulating properties of her coat.


Cold Snacks

Who doesn’t enjoy a cool treat on a sweltering day? Fluffy may enjoy some chilled canned food or sodium-free broth. You can make a kitty version of a slushie by drizzling tuna juice and tuna over shaved ice. You can also find some lickable cat treats you can keep in the fridge or freezer.


Comfy Bed

Fluffy is very, very good at finding places to nap. (She can also fall asleep in spots and positions that seem extremely uncomfortable to us, but that’s another topic.) Hammock beds are good choices for summer, as the air moving beneath them helps keep them cool. To make an easy DIY one, just cut a piece of cloth to slightly smaller dimensions than the top of a table with four legs, and attach it. Then, just tell your furry pal to stay off it. Voila!


Exploration

Just giving your cat freedom to roam throughout the house can help keep her comfy. You may find Fluffy sprawled out on the kitchen or bathroom floor, or even in the tub. That’s because tile and ceramic tend to stay cool. You will need to keep an eye on your adventurous little furball, though, and make sure that she doesn’t get stuck in a hot shed or attic.


 Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your local Porters Lake, NS animal clinic, we are here to help!

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