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Keeping Your Cat Cool

Summer is just about here! Although our feline friends love to lounge around in the sun, this time of year can be uncomfortable for them. Fluffy can’t sweat except through her paw pads, and she really doesn’t have any other ways to cool herself down. Read on as a New Tulsa, OK vet offers some advice on keeping your kitty cool.

Climate Control

Cats are much safer—and more comfortable—living indoors, in rooms cooled by air conditioning and/or fans. Keep Fluffy indoors, especially during hot weather. If you do let her out, limit her excursions during the hottest parts of the day.

Brushing

Brushing your feline pal daily will also help keep her cooler. Dead fur and dander can make Fluffy’s pretty coat hot and itchy. This is also a great way to spend time with your kitty!

Cold Snacks

Many people enjoy cooling off with cold snacks in summer. This applies to cats, too! Drop an ice cube into your furry companion’s bowl on hot days. Or, offer her some chilled sodium-free broth, or tuna in water. Cat milk, which you can find in most pet stores, is another good option.

Water Stations

Keeping your pet hydrated is very important. Make sure Fluffy always has plenty of clean water. If you have a large house, you may want to set out multiple water stations. Your furball may also appreciate a kitty fountain. Many cats really like drinking running water!

Ice Cubes

As you may know, Fluffy uses her paw pads to regulate her temperature. Your kitty may actually enjoy batting an ice cube around. Try putting one down before her, and see what she does.

Let Fluffy Roam

Cats are very, very good at making themselves comfortable. Fluffy will naturally seek out the coolest spot in your home when she wants to nap. This may turn out to be your cellar, or perhaps your bathroom floor, as tile and cement stay cool.

Hammock Beds

Hammock beds are quite comfortable in hot weather, as they allow air to flow beneath them. You can easily make your furry friend a hammock bed out of a table with four legs and a sturdy piece of cloth. Just attach the cloth to the table legs. Voila!

Please contact us, your local New Tulsa, OK vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here for you!

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