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Making life easier for cats in summer: 7 tips


Most cats actually like summer. As descendants of the feral cat living in hot regions, their bodies are relatively well adjusted to heat. At temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, however, cats can sometimes become too hot - the heat can then have a negative effect on the organism. The following seven summer tips will help your velvet paw get through hot days better. Cool tiles are a popular place for cats to stay in midsummer - Shutterstock / Andrei Nekrassov

We humans dress thinner in summer, but cats cannot easily take off their fur. They cool their bodies mainly through evaporative cooling. You wet your fur with saliva, which then evaporates and cools the house tigers. So that the heat doesn't get too uncomfortable from 30 degrees Celsius, you should grab your fur nose a little under the paws and thus prevent heat stroke in cats in summer. For forest cat breeds and other long-haired fur noses, you should provide sufficient coolness and shade even at lower temperatures.

1. Provide plenty of fresh water

Like us humans, cats should drink a lot during the hot summer days. Make sure that you always provide fresh water. In summer it quickly happens that water in the bowl becomes unattractive for cats because it tastes warm and stale and bacteria can multiply in it - several water changes a day can help.

2. Ensure a cool retreat

Your kitty should be able to withdraw at high temperatures. If you have a basement, a cool basement room may be the first choice. Cold tiles, for example in the bathroom, are also popular for cooling off. In general, you should make sure that the apartment does not heat up too much. For example, lower the roller shutters during the day so that the sun cannot overheat your rooms.

Attention: fans and air conditioning systems can cool down, but are also a risk factor, as your salon lion could injure itself on the fan and could catch a cold from the air conditioning system. Tilted windows are also dangerous because the kitty can get caught there.

3. Fresh air, especially in the morning and evening

Ventilate your apartment well, especially in the mornings and evenings when it is not quite as hot. Make sure there is plenty of draft and fresh air so that your fur nose doesn't get too stuffy in your own four walls.

4. Feed small portions

Cats, like most other living things, lower their activity at high temperatures, become sluggish and generally use less energy. You should adjust your diet accordingly. Feed several small servings of the day - this is easier to digest. By the way: Be careful with wet food in summer - this quickly spoils in the heat and attracts flies. Cover leftovers with cling film and put the bowl in the fridge. Then take the bowl out about 15 minutes before the next meal so that the food is not too cool - so it stays fresh.

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5. Wet towels

In extreme cases, damp towels or washcloths can be a blessing for cats and make summer temperatures more bearable. Simply dampen a cloth with cold water and gently stroke your cat with it. Caresses in the regions on the back and head in particular are often gratefully accepted.

6. Water games in summer

Cats are not exactly known to particularly like water. In midsummer, however, most velvet paws like to play with the cool water. Set up a room fountain or alternatively a flat water bowl in the apartment that your kitty can deal with. If you also put a few table tennis balls or similar objects in the water, this will immediately become a game that scores with cooling, employment and personal hygiene at the same time.

7. Brush the cat fur

Cats lose a lot of fur in summer. So that this does not become uncomfortable for the house tiger, you should brush it regularly, especially at high temperatures. After all, less fur means less heat. At the same time, you can examine the cat fur for parasites.