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Keep Your Cat Cool in The Hot Days of Summer! Updated.

August 28, 2015

Cat cooling offUsually the hot days in the Southwest come in late summer. But sometimes a heat wave will surprise us, such as the upcoming week of 100+ temperatures!  I try to believe that outdoor cats are “street wise” and find shady spots to nap out the day hours and know where to find some water to drink.

Meanwhile, as the temperatures rise your indoor cat can be susceptible to dehydration and heatstroke. Cats don’t sweat by panting- they have sweat glands in their paws. On a hot day you might see them grooming more than usual. By licking they leave saliva on their fur and when it evaporates they will cool down. Cats will also seek a cool spot to lie down such as a sink, bathtub, potted plant or tile floor. (Haven’t you seen your cat stretch out completely flat on your kitchen floor?)

Here are a few other tips to help your kitty keep cool:

  • Make “Catsicles”. Put some wet cat food or dry food mixed with water in a plastic cup in the freezer overnight. Pop out and put in your cat’s bowl for a special treat!
  • Keep your cat out of your car if possible. For short trips, bring plenty of cold water for it to drink. Never leave your cat in the car unattended!
  • Brush daily to avoid matting and allow the air to flow through the fur.
  • Refresh the water dish often to keep cool water for your cat.
  • Create cool play such as chasing ice cubes on the floor
  • Keep a shady spot available for your kitty to nap in.

How can you tell if your cat is nearing a heatstroke? Symptoms include agitation, extreme distress, stretching out and panting heavily, vomiting, glazed eyes and drooling. If you notice any of these signs get your cat to a veterinary clinic immediately. Untreated, he could collapse into a coma and die.

If you can’t get to a clinic right away get your cat in a cool environment and keep him calm. Spray or pour water over him very carefully. Cover with wet towels and keep his head wet and cold to protect the brain but do not immerse your cat in water. Get to a vet as soon as possible.

Thanks for reading these reminder tips from Georgia’s Gifts.  We know keeping your cat cool will insure that you’ll both enjoy a safe and happy summer!

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Sun Bathing Beauty Caught In The Act!

August 25, 2014

Like all cats, my sweet little Russian Blue always finds that patch of sunlight coming through the windows.  I recently caught her taking a vigorous sun bath in the afternoon light and couldn’t resist snapping a few shots of her “caught in the act”.

 

After a few trys, I finally caught her pink tongue.

After a few tries, I finally caught her pink tongue.

About to do the famous cat leg lift to reach those hard spots.

About to do the famous cat leg lift to for those hard to reach spots.

 

I  had to laugh when I saw this action. She went after her rear paw, actually holding it in place with her front paws! She spread the toes & cleaned each one, being very thorough.

Dessa Cat Cleaning Paw in the Sun

This paw must be really dirty.

Dessa resting after her sun bath.

Dessa resting after her sun bath.

She finally finished, leaving her fur soft & clean as usual.  She rested a few moments, but I think she also looked a little annoyed at my interference of her “toilette”.

Don’t you love sometimes just watching your kitty? Cats are very determined and precise when grooming themselves. They know how to take care of business! Do you have some funny stories about yours to share?

 

 

 


Following The Sun

July 8, 2012

We all know that cats are the supreme nappers.  They manage to look so cozy and comfortable in almost any position or place. What I enjoy is watching my cat “follow the sun”.

She knows all the best sunny spots in the house according to the time of day. Mornings will find her in her favorite kitchen chair by the window.  She has me trained to open the blinds more for her or to swivel the chair for the best sun angle. (she has taught me this nonverbal, of course).

Dessa sunning on chair

Ahh, just the right spot!

Dessa and sun rays on floor

Getting the last rays of the morning.

Afternoons she moves to the other side of the house to relax in a pool of sunshine and do some lazy cleaning.

Dessa in sun washing paw

Just a little “me” time.

Finally at the end of the day, she finds the last little square of sunshine coming in the west window and tucks in as only cats can do.

Dessa in sun square.

My day is almost complete. Next: dinner.

Does this remind you of your cats? Do they have some favorite sunny spots? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear about them!