Let Your Cats Enjoy The Air Conditioning

December 27, 2017

in Cats

No matter what kind of pets you have – cats, dogs, horses, lizards or even hamsters – you need to take their comfort into consideration as summer barrels down upon us, bringing unbearable heat and humidity.

For cats who happen to be outdoor cats, they most likely would prefer the comfort of an air conditioned home on a regular basis. If you are in the habit of putting your cat outside when you leave for the day, you should consider leaving her inside if it will be more comfortable for her. Sitting in the shade in 90 degree heat doesn’t help much at all, especially with a heavy coat of fur to deal with.

Try giving her ice cubes in her water dish. Of course, some cats turn these into toys and make quite a drippy dangerous mess on the kitchen floor. Other cats, however, quickly figure out how nice this cold water is and they learn how to spread the cold water all over their face and bodies.

Brushing and grooming on a regular basis, even more than once a day if necessary, is a must. It helps keep unneeded fur from accumulating and helps remove bugs, fleas, or anything else that ends up stuck in her fur. Cats and horses tend to find dirt to wallow in as a way to cool off; fine for horses, not so good for kitties with long fur who like to sleep on your new sofa.

Check for fleas and other bugs on a regular basis. Winter months kill of these bugs or put others into hibernation. The first few warm days brings them all out in a vengeance. Even the best flea medications on the market have trouble combating fleas, especially in animals that spend any appreciable amount of time outdoors. Even though cats aren’t typically groomed on a regular basis, you may want to consider at least having her coat at least thinned by a professional groomer. She might look a bit odd for a few months, but she will feel much better.

You may already have found out that your kitty likes cold food sometimes. Just as humans tend to prefer cold foods and salads during the summer, your cat might not be any different.

Also look at their bedding. If your cat has her own bed, chances are it will be too hot and stuffy for hot weather, even in air conditioned comfort. She may find new napping spots on her own, and these are usually on cold tile floors or even kitchen counters where she can find a breeze. If her new choices aren’t acceptable to you, then you should find a bedding alternative that is acceptable for both of you. Light cottons are usually fine, even if you do nothing but place an old sheet in a corner for her to cuddle up on.

Then, change her heavy winter bed for a cool cotton sheet all folded in a corner. It’s much more comfortable!

Cats and dogs are special creatures that require a lot of love and attention. Before you get one as a pet, it is important to make sure you are ready. So many are killed each year because of owners that were not responsible.

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