Keeping Kitties Cool

Keeping Kitties Cool

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As the days go by it’s becoming abundantly clear that the globe is warming.  Records are being recorded higher and higher every year and kitties are getting lazier than normal.  On hot days like these, it's important to keep your kitties cool. 

Orange cat grooming itself to keep coolKitties don't sweat.  Instead, they'll groom themselves to create damp fur which acts like sweat and evaporates to cool down the body.  Kitties with long or thick fur may seem like they're hotter than kitties with shorter or no fur, but the fur actually keeps kitties cool! So there's no need for kitties to get a summer furcut, but since they are grooming more than usual, they should get regular brushings.

Frosta and a frozen water bottleThe Chateau does not have air conditioning.  On hot days like these, we take extra steps to keep the kitties cool, making sure the kitties have plenty of water and lots of dark spaces to nap in.  They love to lay on cool surfaces like the bricks of the fireplace, so we leave out tiles for them to lay on when the bricks are occupied.  We also leave out frozen water bottles that the kitties can lay next to or near.  Sometimes we’ll apply light misting of cool water on the fur to help keep the kitties cool.The Green Pet Shop's self cooling pet pad at chewy.com

Kitties are sensitive to heat and it’s important they stay cool.  Just like humans, kitties can suffer from heat exhaustion and humans should watch out for the signs of overheating kitties which include:

Fluff and Meow Meow keeping cool
  • Panting
  • Drooling and over salivation
  • Breathing distress
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Mental confusion
  • Dizzyness
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle tremors
  • Seizures

 

Any kitty exhibiting these symptoms should be moved to a cool area like a cooling pad and their vet should be contacted right away.