Summer is a wonderful time – warmth and sunshine are things that cats appreciate! Many a cat enjoys spending some time taking in the sun and will seek out any opportunity to warm their fur in the light, even if it’s only a slither of warmth on the kitchen floor.
Sometimes though the summer can get too hot. Like humans, cats will try to find ways to keep cool when the temperature rises. Lola’s idea of finding a nice shady spot to sleep, nestled away in a cool corner, is a good one. A place where she can still see the sun and the birds, but doesn’t have to feel like she’s getting cooked in the process!
Plenty of cool water is also important for cats in the summer. Last week when it was particularly warm we put some ice cubes into the cat water to make it extra refreshing for them. It kind of worked, but they seemed more confused by the strange things floating in the water fountain than anything else!
Some people swear by putting damp towels on the floor for their cats to lie on in the hot weather. We tried that last year. Lola’s always loved to lie on things that are on the floor – books, bags, pencil cases, anything! – but she turned her nose up at the damp towel and refused to even try it.
What tips do you have for helping your furry friends keep cool in the summer?
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I’m a writer, blogger, cook, mum to three fur-babies, and wife to a wonderful man. I also work full-time as a child carer. I have a series of blogs all under the main heading of The Joyful Soul. In these blogs I explore my love of creativity in various ways.