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How to Keep your Cat Cool in the Heat

Updated on January 1, 2015
Cool Cat
Cool Cat | Source

Have a Cool Cat on even the hottest of days

Like all cats, I enjoy warm weather. I'm also pretty good at keeping myself cool but, in a heat wave, I could do with a little extra help from you.

While you're organising chilled treats for yourself and keeping out of the heat, spare a thought for your cat who can't take a quick shower or get a cold drink from the fridge.

Three Important Things you can do

  1. Leave plenty of fresh water around
  2. Arrange a cool sleeping spot for me
  3. Keep me inside during the hottest part of the day

A Cool Place Outside

How to be a Cool Cat
How to be a Cool Cat | Source

If it's too hot, I'm better inside

I'm an indoor cat myself but, when I do venture outside, I have a cool, shady place under a bush all ready and waiting.

If you don't have these cool garden spots for your cat, rig up an area with shadecloth or some similar covering.

If it's just too hot outside, keep me in. Better to be safe than sorry.

Keep Cool Inside

  1. Keep your house cool. Close the windows if it's hotter out than in, lower the blinds and draw the drapes
  2. Organise a cool spot for me on the bathroom tiles or somewhere in the coolest room
  3. Keep checking my water bowl!

One way for a cat to keep cool
One way for a cat to keep cool | Source

Make a Cool Space inside

The best place in the house is a dark room.

Like a lot of cats, I like to chill out in the bathroom on hot afternoons. The sink is a good spot but these days I'm not so keen on jumping and scrabbling around on porcelain, so I choose the floor.

On hot days, the woman has an old towel for my bed there but, if it's really, really, really hot, I like to lie directly on the tiles. Perhaps your cat would feel comfy in the laundry? If this room is normally bright and sunny, you can hang dark sheets over the windows.

Do NOT get in the Fridge

No matter how enticing the icy draught from the fridge may be, do NOT get inside.

Big Cool Cats
Big Cool Cats | Source

Tricks and Tips for Extra Cool

Some cats like ice cubes in their water bowl or even an ice cube to lick.

It's not my personal choice, I don't like any food or drink which is too hot or too cold, I'm a Senior and my teeth have seen better days.

But Seniors like me need extra care in a Heat Wave as we're a little slower at cooling down than we used to be.

I like a hot water bottle filled with cold water from the tap (and an ice cube or two added). The woman-who-feeds-me places a bottle like this next to my Summer sleeping mat so I can lie against it. Notice that I said "against", not "on"? I don't like to lie on a wibbly wobbly water bottle but your cat might like it. Give it a try.

I sweat through my paws!

Am I leaving Damp Pawprints?

If you see that I'm leaving wet pawprints through the house then you can be pretty sure that I'm HOT.

I sweat through my paws, just like dogs do. I need more water.

Some cats don't mind their paws being dipped in cool water, but I'm not one of them. I do, however, really appreciate a little wipe with a cool, damp sponge.

And ahhhhhh! I really like to chill out with a cooling mat on the hottest of days

The Wet Towel Trick

You can hang a wet towel (it doesn't have to be dripping) next to the fan so that colder air gets circulated around.

I always appreciate this and, strangely enough, the woman sits next to it too!

A Damp Sponge can help

CoolDog Reusable Ice Mat for Keeping Dogs Cool in Summer
CoolDog Reusable Ice Mat for Keeping Dogs Cool in Summer

It may have a dog in the picture but you can bet that your cat will appreciate this mat for the bed


Am I Grooming myself more than usual?

On a very hot day you may think that I'm grooming myself excessively. This just means that I'm hot.

It's a cooling mechanism similar to sweating and, as the saliva evaporates off my fur, I cool down a little.

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Sleep Cool | Source

I don't need a shave!

Should you shave your furry cat in Summer? I say NO.

Then again, I'm a sleek, short-haired cat and, apart from the odd hairball at the end of Winter, I have no trouble with my fur at all.

Once I shared the house with a Norwegian Forest Cat and the woman asked at the Lort Smith Animal Hospital if shaving should be done in the heat of High Summer. The Vet there explained that cats need their fur in all weathers.

Cat fur provides insulation from both the heat and the cold.

Long haired cats will shed and groom themselves a lot more in the Summer months. The grooming cools them down since the saliva acts the same way that sweat works for humans. The shedding is just the cat continuously losing her undercoat to keep cool.

So shaving isn't necessary and can actually be harmful to a cat.

No fur? Our protection is gone!

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© 2013 Vladimir

Leave your Pawprint - (not too damp I hope)

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      Sandra Horsburgh 3 years ago

      Great lens, Susanna. Thanks for all the tips.

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      Julia M S Pearce 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Cheeky Chedika stays inside on the very hot days, cooling down with water and a roll on the kitchen floors. Like this one,some people forget about their animals.

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      Susanna Duffy 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      So that's why you left damp pawprints all over the kitchen!

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      Rhonda Albom 4 years ago from New Zealand

      I love that this was written by a cat. Great information and advice on keeping cool. I had no idea cats sweat through their paws.

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      shelle93 4 years ago

      I really like this lens on how to keep cats cool, and of course it's a good idea to keep your cats cool when its hot. I'm in Texas where we get triple digits, and this lens will come in handy for a lot of folks. Also, I learned something new in this lens; I didn't know that cats need their fur in all weather.

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      Helene-Malmsio 4 years ago

      @Helene-Malmsio: ... and they also have thick slabs of concrete in the cool shade of the catrun that they love to sleep on as those stay as cold as a block of ice all summer

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      Helene-Malmsio 4 years ago

      My cats have their own fans... two inside the house and one out in their catrun... and of course, there is also the air conditioning turned on inside the house for them.

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      SandyPaw 4 years ago

      Good news for Cool Cats

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      SandyPaw 4 years ago

      Good news for Cool Cats

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      Ask_Me 4 years ago

      I will try the cold hot water bottle on Slurpums, he doesn't like these hot days

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Excellent tips for hot days for cats. I loved the photo of the melting cat.

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      Julia M S Pearce 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      We do forget that you too get hot and bothered with the heat.Thanks for all the sensible advice on keeping cats cool in the hot weather.

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      Rhonda Albom 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Only a cat would have such great advice for other cats!

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      oztoo lm 4 years ago

      Good advice Vladi. I no longer have a cat companion but a puppy who feels the heat to. His favorite spot is the bathroom or laundry laying on the cool tiles. I always keep plenty of water in various spots for him and he likes a bit of ice occasionally.