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Keeping Your Cat Cool

Summer is here! Although many of our feline friends love sunbathing, this time of year can be dangerous for them. Cats really aren’t well-suited for hot weather. They aren’t equipped with many cooling mechanisms, and can easily overheat. Read on as a Happy Valley, OR vet offers some tips on keeping your cute pet cool and comfy this summer.

Water

Make sure your kitty always has fresh, clean water. Many cats prefer drinking running water, so you may want to get your pet an automated waterer or a pet fountain. On really hot days, give your furry buddy an ice cube to bat around. Because cats use their paw pads to regulate their temperature, this is actually a fun and effective way for Fluffy to cool off. It’s also really cute to watch!

Brushing

Dead fur, dust, and dander all decrease the insulating properties of Fluffy’s fur. Brushing your cat will also help her stay cool. This is also a good way to spend time with your feline companion, and make her feel pampered.

Kitty Hammock

There’s a reason that hammocks are so often seen on tropical islands: they allow air to move beneath them, which naturally keeps them cooler than regular beds. Make your cat her own little hammock by attaching a sturdy piece of fabric to the legs of a coffee or end table. Your pet may also appreciate having a fan pointed at or above her bed.

Cool Retreat

Cats are very, very good at getting comfortable. If you give your kitty free access to your home, she will naturally seek out the coolest spots. This may very well be the basement, the bathtub, or the middle of the kitchen floor. Keep in mind that cats like to follow their humans around like furry little shadows. Keep an eye on your pet, and make sure you don’t accidentally lock her in a shed, attic, or garage!

Grounding Fluffy

Cats are always safer indoors, where they aren’t exposed to heat, cars, predators, and other hazards. This is especially true in summer, when there are more wild animals around. Keep your pet safe and sound indoors, in climate-controlled rooms. If you do let your kitty out, limit her outdoor time around midday, when it’s hottest.

Please visit us, your Happy Valley, OR vet clinic, for all your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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