August 28, 2015
Usually 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!
March 11, 2012
By now, everyone has probably read about the rescue of longtime missing hiker, Margaret Page, AND her cat, in a New Mexico national forest. There is some controversy on why she was lost so long, but that will be argued somewhere else. Maybe this stretches things a little, but I do believe the loyalty and companionship of Maya (Miya?), Page’s cat, is how Page survived the near month ordeal.
Of course, I thought it was a little unusual to be hiking with your cat in the first place. Did Page carry the cat in a backpack? Or did the cat walk beside her? They must be a very attached pair with a strong bond, as the cat stayed with Page the entire time. That is fortunate, as there were bound to be a lot of predators that would have loved a tasty meal of feline. The cat has also been said to have done some “hunting” itself and although thin was in better shape than Margaret, who lost about 25 pounds. They were so lucky there was drinking water nearby!
But they stayed together and were finally rescued. Separated for a night, they are now reunited amid all the limelight, waiting for life to get back to normal. I’m very happy for them both!
What do you think about hiking with a cat? Is it something you would do? I think I will pass on that myself.
February 6, 2012
There’s two distinct camps when deciding if a cat should be an “indoor only” cat or one that comes and goes. Many believe it goes against the cat’s nature to keep it inside, when it should be outside hunting, climbing trees, chasing bugs and so forth.
For me, it only takes seeing a pile of fur at the side of the road to know which camp I’m in. And I don’t even want to think about coyotes having a tasty meal. In my opinion if a cat is raised inside, with lots of playtime, healthy food and a warm, dry bed then that cat has a quality life.
Driving around in residential areas at night I am always on the lookout for cats trying to cross the road. Sometimes my headlights catch their glowing eyes but many times I just see a dark shape sprinting to make it across. I cringe knowing it’s only a matter of time for that cat NOT to make it. And I get angry at owners that let the cat out in the first place, putting it in harm’s way.
This debate could also include the subject of spaying and neutering, but I’ll save that for another day. Also don’t get me started on declawing a cat!
Which “camp” are you in?
August 15, 2011
No, this is not about a cat show.
This is about a wonderful event planned in the Ontario, CA area to aid in the feline overpopulation problem. This event addresses the sad, sad reality that over 2 million cats and kittens in shelters across America are humanely euthanized each year. And cats are more likely to be put down because of lack of identification.
On Wednesday & Thursday, the 17th & 18th of August, the Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. along with Pet Connections Inc. are hosting the “Big Meow”. This is a no-cost spay and neuter event for owned, outdoor cats (females on Wed., males on Thurs.). Funding is by local, caring donors in the community.
Cats participating must be between 4 months and 7 years old and live in the S.P.C.A. service area of Chino, Claremont, Diamond Bar, La Verne, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona and San Dimas. Owners must provide proof of residency.
Qualified owners are encouraged to call for an appointment and more information at 909-623-9777, ext. 669. Inland Valley Humane Society is located at 500 Humane Way, Pomona 91766.
Hats off to this group for providing this service. Maybe other caring people will take the chance to be more proactive and the “Big Meow” could take off across the country!!