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 that people can do
- Leave plenty of fresh water around
- Arrange a cool sleeping spot for me
- Keep me inside during the hottest part of the day
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 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
Keep your house cool. Close the windows if it’s hotter out than in, lower the blinds and draw the drapes
Organise a cool spot for me on the bathroom tiles or somewhere in the coolest room
Keep checking my water bowl!
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