Did you know that cats often need extra care during the warm and humid months of summer? This is even more important for any cats who live outdoors, whether full or part of the time during warm summer days. While most cats do enjoy sunning themselves, it is crucial for their health to make sure they are staying hydrated, have enough food, and have access to a shady spot to cool down. There are a few easy way that you can help keep your cat cool, comfortable, and healthy during the warmest days of summer.
Keeping cats cool in summer can be done a few different ways. Most of them are quite simple, but you might be surprised at how much fun you can have in creating DIY toys for you cat to keep them cool and entertained.
- Take an empty plastic water bottle and fill just under the top with water, then place in the freezer for a few hours. Once the water bottle is frozen, take it out and wrap it in a towel and place it in your cat’s favorite snoozing spot. Most cats will wrap their bodies around the towel and enjoy the cool water bottle underneath on a hot day.
- Place ice cubes in their water bowls. You can even make ice cubes in fun shapes with a shaped ice cube tray.
- Make your cat a frozen treat by putting wet cat food in an ice cube tray and freezing overnight. During the warmest part of the day, place the frozen treat in their food bowl.
- Make sure your cat has access to a shady spot that can help them cool off this can be as simple as placing food and water under a tree that provides shade. You can even place a plastic storage bin on its side as a way to provide a shady spot for an outdoor cat.
- Make a game out of playing with an ice cube – simply swat and ice cube back and forth on the floor with your cat. They will get a chance to play and cool off at the same time.
These are just a few of the ways you can keep cats cool in summer. If you have any other ideas, share them with us and our readers! We would love to hear the different tricks and methods you have to keep your cats cool when the weather gets hot and humid. For any cat owners who are concerned that their cat may be dehydrated or experiencing heat stroke, be sure to bring your cat to the vet immediately!