Cool cats in heat

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: June 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves
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No doubt about it … summer can be tough on all our furry friends. So how can you help your kitty stay cool?

Start by keeping your fabulous feline indoors and out of the sun when possible. Try dipping her feet in cool water or placing a cool pack under her neck. Even a bag of frozen peas rolled in a towel can be used as a refreshing pillow in her favorite sleep spot.

Offer plenty of cool water and provide lots of shade. Don’t force your cat to drink but do keep water available.

Cats don’t always let on that the heat is too much, so watch for clues. Look for anxiety, maybe in the form of pacing. Other signs include lethargy, panting or labored breathing, particularly if your cat has a short nose. Dark red gums are an ominous sign. If you’re worried, cool your kitty with wet towels and hightail it to the clinic.