Sunday, 5 July 2015

Keeping Your Cool

With the heatwave we currently have, trying to keep cool and not melt is something I am sure we are all trying to do.  Whether it is using a fan, drinking ice cold drinks or even taking cool showers, we all do what we can to keep cool. 

Anyone who reads my blog will know that the mister and I have three cats affectionately known as the 'fur-kids' and in this weather keeping them cool is paramount.

Keeping your cool
Keeping your Cool
Keeping your Cool

Cats are really intelligent, and on a recent visit to the vet with Dexter, thank god for pet insurance, as he had a higher than normal temperature, he had a major operation recently so I have to keep my eye on him.  As a pet cannot tell you when they are ill, it is always advisable to seek advice from an expert.  My vet re-assured me that cats can stay cool on their own but you can help them by giving them the proper resources, so here are some of my tips:

  • Ensure that they have a comfortable bed in a shaded area.  We have cat kennels which have no windows, just an entrance for my boys to get in and out.  Inside there are fleece blankets for them to lay on.
  • If your cat will tolerate it and mine do after constant attempts, wipe them down with a cooled cloth, not one wringing wet with water as they won't like it, but something cool and allow them to lie on it around the home.  
  • In hot weather like this, I tend to put some frozen peas under the blankets to cool them down. Cats love the coolness of the blankets to keep their temperature down.  Around the house, putting ice cubes inside toys and covering them with catnip always sparks their interest and encourages them to touch it and play.
  • I always ensure there are two bowls of fresh water. One bowl is fresh from the tap and I put a few ice cubes in it to keep it cool for a while and the other is from the freezer which I put in every night so that the water thaws throughout the day.  It is important to ensure there is enough water for your cats all day long.
  • Brushing your cat daily works to allow the air to move freely through their fur, whilst also removing loose fur due to malting.  

If at any time you don't think your cat or indeed any pet is being themselves, ensure you take them straight to the vet, like humans, cats can suffer from heat stroke and sunburn. 

What do you do to keep your pet cool in weather like this?


*Collaboration, all words my own.

19 comments:

  1. Good tips! Our cat tends to curl up in flower pots to keep cool I'd not thought about putting cool flannels around the place.

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  2. Our cat has a bed in the shed (No windows, nice and shaded) where there's a bowl of water for her as well. She has a cat door to get in which only she can use as well. Most of the time though she'll curl up under the hedge where it's shaded.

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  3. Your cats look very content - some great tips there x

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  4. I have about seven cats that come through my garden. One in particular likes to visit for a bit of peace and quiet plus some shade under the trees when needed. My mum was just saying yesterday about needing to review her cat's insurance.

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  5. Awwww lovely kitties! Thanks for the tips! X

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  6. Really great tips. We have been topping Alvin's water up more regularly this week

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  7. Sal is quite good at making sure she doesn't over heat herself - but on the odd occasion we need to I've just a cool teacloth on her to try and cool her down a bit. x

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  8. Great tips, our dog hates the heat and I try to take her for a walk early in the day before it gets too hot

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  9. Your cat is really cute! I'll share this tips to my Aunt :)

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  10. You should get them a paddling pool to cool their paws off ;)

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  11. What a lovely post and how cute are your fur-kids! Having a cat and a dog myself and I can totally relate with this post and making sure they are safe in the heat. Last Wednesday (the hottest day) my Mum found a dog locked in a car with no windows open...she rang the RSPCA like a flash! So sad that this is still happening :(

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    xx

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  12. Your cats are gorgeous! I dont have any pets nowadays, but I used to have cats, rabbits and even a tortoise!x

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  13. Great post, a lot of people don't realize they need to do this! Cute kitties too<3
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  14. We've been putting ice in Pumpkin's water bowl - she has not been liking the heat and doesn't know what to do with herself! She was grateful for the gazebo going up though and has been hanging out under there! xx

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  15. Hot weather can be hard for our fur babies cant it - some great tips for helping them keep their cool.

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  16. We have a rottweiler and he really struggles to keep cool in this weather! I'll have to try some of these tips :)

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Great tips for cat owners :) I made sure that my cats always had fresh water and that they had excess to the coolest part to the house.

    Laura
    Pink Frenzu

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  18. Aww Dexter is gorgeous! Great tips lovely xx

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  19. Great post - your cats are gorgeous! The second photo is lovely. I have two cats - but they live outside mostly. Kaz x

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