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Keeping Kitty Cool in Summer

Summers can be very beautiful here in South Carolina. They can also be very hot! Hot weather is very dangerous for cats. Not only is Fluffy wearing a fur coat, she can’t really cool herself off effectively. Your beloved pet could get very sick if she overheats! Read on as a local Isle of Palms, SC vet offers advice on keeping your feline friend healthy, safe, and cool this summer.

Water

First and foremost, make sure your cat always has plenty of fresh water. If you are out a lot, get an automated waterer, or set out extra bowls. When it’s really hot outside, drop an ice cube into Fluffy’s dish. Actually, you may also want to put one down on the floor for your kitty to play with. Batting an ice cube across the floor is actually a great way for cats to cool off, as those cute paw pads are one of the only ways they can regulate their temperature.

Bedding

Your feline buddy may appreciate having a fan pointed at her bed. Raised beds are cooler than regular ones, as they allow air to move beneath them. It’s very easy to make Fluffy a kitty hammock. You’ll need an end table or coffee table with four legs, and a piece of material. Cut the material so that it’s a bit smaller than the table, then attach the corners to the table legs. Presto!

Brushing

Brushing your cat will remove the dead fur from her coat, which will also help her stay cooler. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your kitty!

Kitty Access

If there’s one thing cats excel at, it’s making themselves comfortable. If you let Fluffy roam freely through your house, she’ll instinctively seek out the coolest spots to nap in. Just be sure to keep an eye on your kitty whenever you leave or enter your attic, garage, or shed, and make sure you don’t accidentally lock her in.

Warning Signs

Some of the common symptoms of heat exhaustion in kitties include panting, excessive drooling, sweaty paws, trembling, and vomiting or diarrhea. If you know or suspect that your furball is too hot, immediately take steps to cool her down, and contact your vet.

Does your kitty need vaccinations or an exam? Contact us today! As your Isle of Palms, SC animal clinic, we are here to help.

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