NOTE: Originally published on July 13, 2009. Iz so hot today, we fink we better repost.
Keep cool anipals!
Luv – The Mooshies
KEEPING CATS COOL IN THE SUMMERTIME
Hey there, world, it’s starting to feel like summer. The first few weeks were unusually cooler compared to previous summers in the D.C. area. Now, the weather is getting steamy. And cats tend to feel the heat and humidity very quickly since we’re hairy creatures. We’ve noticed from our window that there a quite a few hairy humans too. So, hairy people should probably pay close attention to this blog.
As nice as ceiling fans are, some days, we really need the air conditioner. So if you know it’s going to be a scorching, hot day, be sure to turn on the AC before leaving home for the day. It’s important that cats’ body temperatures remain normal; otherwise, we could be at risk for a stroke. And, make sure your kitties stay in shaded areas, especially if they are white haired cats like me, Whitey Mooshie. I have very sensitive skin. I turn all pink and red if I am exposed to too much sunlight. That’s why my mommy will only take me outside either in the early morning or evening.
We’ve noticed that hairy humans get big, wet spots on their clothes when exposed to heat and humidity. And, they drip. The water coming out of their body is kind of stinky. It’s called “sweat.” Yuck. As cats, we’re really into personal cleanliness. We are not particularly fond of human sweat.
So, back to us. Leave plenty of water for your cats. It’s a good idea to serve them cool water. And, we like it when people run the bathtub or sink faucet for us. It’s fun to splash in the water. Plus we look so cute when we’re playing with water. We know how much pleasure it brings to our human parents to see us being adorable.
There are a number of helpful web resources offering tips on cats and hot weather. We think the humans should follow some of the tips to avoid those wet stains on their clothes. We like Felinexpress and The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Your veterinarian is a good source too.
Have a cool summer!