Keep your cat cool this summer
Pet parenting tips for heat relief
Our cats can suffer in the heat.
So we decided to share some simple tips to keep our feline friends feeling fresh.
Enjoy, pet parents.
Ice cube treats
Pop your cat's favourite treats and some water into ice cube trays. Pop them out for a cooling and delicious, lickable treat. Nom nom nom.
Use a pet safe sun cream
Sensitive areas of skin can benefit from a little sun cream, especially if your cat is fair. Apply to nose, tips of ears, belly and groin or any places with thin fur. Don't forget, most pets are allergic to human SPF, so make sure you use pet safe sun cream.
Looking after your cat with a cool damp cloth can be a heaven send. Offering your cat the option to cool now and then can offer welcome respite. It’a also a nice chance to connect.
Groom to cool
Knots, lagged hair or too much hair can cause extra heat. Keeping your cat prim and proper in the summer months is good pet parenting.
Lots of shade
Be careful that the spaces your cats love are well protected from the sun. Give your cat options with shade and without.
Keep your cat well watered
Hydration stations everywhere. Stay on top of your cat’s access to water. Their bowl should always be brimming. You could even put down a few more for good measure.
Keep the inside cool
Circulate the air. And make sure there’s fresh air even if you’re not home. This could mean temperature control, closed curtains, or strategically open vents or windows.
Don't over stimulate
Favourite toys could become too exciting on the hottest days. Match play to the weather. If it’s hot, food puzzles could be better than a feather or a wand.
Cool, dark hiding places
Put treats, a bed, or your cat’s favourite toys in a cool and safe place to encourage them to find it. Argh, now isn't that better?
Check your shed
If your cat likes to sneak away and hide in a favourite place, be aware. Don’t lock your cat anywhere without access to water.
Good weight management
Heavier cats are more likely to suffer in the heat. Accurate food measurements and tailored diet plans are the best natural preventative approach. Why not download the Joii app and join one of our free weight management clinics?
Know the signs of exhaustion and heat stroke
Your cat can overheat and it pays to know the signs. Panting, excessive paw licking and lethargy can develop to dribbling and foaming at the mouth. If you have any concerns about heat stroke, treat it as an emergency and call a vet.
Download Joii for hot pet advice and more
UK pet owners are tapping into Joii. Joii gives you a completely free pet symptom checker. It gives you fast and online access to affordable vets. And you can order food, toys and other pet products in the app. The best part is that it’s completely free to download!