With the temperatures rapidly climbing here in the UK we thought it was important to share some of our old guides on hot weather tips for cats and a new one from our friends at CATS Protection.
Let’s start with the CATS Protection video which highlights some very important tips for this time of the year:
Now let’s look at some of the resources we’ve already posted in the past.
First of all let’s start with some general advice that we had listed here previously.
1) Water: It is vital that dogs and cats have a constant access to fresh water. If you are out, make sure there is plenty of water to last until you return; for example you could buy a bigger water bowl or place more than one around the house. Additionally, if your dog is out and about with you, make sure you take water and a bowl with you;
2) Shade: Dogs and cats can overheat very quickly as they only sweat through their feet pads. To help regulate body temperature, dogs will pant. If your dog is outside or panting ensure they have a cool place to go. Remember, brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs cannot pant as effectively which can make it harder to cool themselves down;
3) High temperatures: When the temperature reaches anything above 30 degrees we would not advise taking pets outside. They should remain inside, cool, with plenty of fresh water;
4) Cooling: If outside in the garden, use a water sprinkler or shallow bathing pool for your pets to cool themselves down;
5) Exercising: Dogs need to be walked but save these for early in the day and the evening when the air is cooler and choose shaded areas to walk;
6) Cars: Never leave your dog or cat in the car, even if the windows are left open. The temperature inside the car can very quickly double that of the outside air temperature;
7) Check on them: When the temperatures are warm, you should check on your dogs and cats often. If there are any signs of being too hot, make sure they are moved to a cool area and have access to water. If any heavy panting or signs of heatstroke continue, contact your vet.
The other important advice that many people forget about is the fact that our poor kitties too can get sunburns! For the full advice on cats and sunburns check out this advice.
We hope you found all of this useful and will share this with your friends to ensure our fur friends are safe this summer. 🙂