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How To Keep Cats Cool In Summer

How To Keep Cats Cool In Summer

Summertime may mean hitting the beach and lots of outdoor fun, but the hot weather poses some dangers to our pets. It’s best to watch out for signs of dehydration and heat stroke as these could lead to serious illnesses or even fatalities if you’re not careful. It’s definitely important to know how to cool a cat down during hot summer days. 

Can Cats Handle Hot Weather?

Cats like to lounge around right where there is a bit of sunshine. They also have ways of cooling themselves such as licking their fur or sweating through their paws. But there may be times when our feline friends might need a little help from their human owners to regulate their body heat. Heat stroke in cats isn’t as common as in dogs, but they still happen. Heat exhaustion leads to heat stroke, which could lead to organ damage or failure.

Here are some useful tips on how to help cats in hot weather:

1.     Make sure water is always available.

Heat waves could get a little extreme in the summer. It’s not uncommon for vets to handle several cases of cat heatstroke during this time of the year. One sure way to keep your cat’s body temperature down is to make sure his water bowl is always replenished.


2.     Keep your cat groomed.

Some cats with thicker coats would be even hotter and bothered during summer. You may consider taking your cat to the groomers for a nice trim. Also, it helps to make sure his fur is always free from tangles to prevent irritation, dryness, and possible infections.

3.     Provide shaded areas in the yard.

How to keep outdoor cats cool in hot weather? Make sure there are shaded spots in the yard where your cat can rest and lounge around freely away from the hot sun. Place a tent or any type of covering in areas where your cat likes to spend his time. Building a specially designed outdoor enclosure would also be a great way to train and take care of your outdoor cat.

4.     Keep your house well-ventilated.

Allow air to move around the house by opening windows and turning on the fan in rooms where your cat likes to stay in. Keep blinds and curtains closed however in the windows where direct sunlight comes in. If the heat gets a little extreme, an air conditioned room is always helpful in keeping pets cool in the summer.

5.     Elevate your cat’s bed.

An elevated bed would allow air to pass underneath, keeping your pet cat cool while he’s snoozing. Also, replace your cat’s thick beddings with cooler and more comfortable fabrics.

6.     Don’t cover cool floor surfaces.

You’ll notice cats moving towards floor surfaces that are cool to the touch. Allow your cat to lay down wherever he seems to feel comfortable. You can try buying cooling mats for cats but these should be used responsibly. Watch out and make sure your cat doesn’t poke a hole into the surface. He could accidentally ingest the gel inside, which might be toxic.

7.     Use a wet washcloth.

If you’re worried about the excessive heat and want to make sure your cat’s temperature doesn’t go up, use a damp towel or washcloth and use it to moisturize your cat’s fur. Cats actually groom themselves and lick their fur with saliva as a way to cool off. Your cat sure won’t mind feeling a bit of moisture on a hot day.

8.     Let your cat sleep.

Hot weather might result in your cat sleeping a lot more than usual. Felines sleep 12-16 hours a day on average. On a hot day, some sensible cats would prefer napping and relaxing to playing and moving around.

How can I tell if my cat is too hot?

There are a few ways to tell if your cat is feeling too hot. For one, you may notice him leaving wet paw prints all over the house. The reason for this is because cats sweat through sweat glands on their paws. Wet paw prints mean that your cat needs to have his fluids replenished.

Cats may also pant if they’re feeling particularly hot. It’s not something you see every day but it’s not necessarily a cause for alarm. However, if heavy panting ensues, take him to the vet immediately as he may already be suffering from a heat stroke.

How can I help my cat cool down?

Make sure to keep him hydrated by making sure his water bowl is filled up.

Cool your cat down by wiping him lightly with a wet washcloth. A cooling bed for cats may also be a good investment when summer is just around the corner.

Another useful trick on how to cool a cat down is to fill up a plastic bottle with water and freeze it overnight. Take this bottle out on a hot day, wrap a towel around it, and keep it near your cat’s bed when he is sleeping or lounging.


How do you cool down a cat in heat?

A cat in heat is a different type of “heat” altogether, but can be a concern for pet owners nonetheless. To calm down a cat in heat, you need a lot of patience and to provide your pet with some extra attention. Be extra careful though because cats in heat are also prone to running away. Take some precautions to keep your cat from running out the door.


Keeping pets cool in the summer is an absolute must for every caring pet owner. When the weather is hot, make sure your cat always has access to water to keep from being dehydrated. It’s also best to keep your pet cat indoors, where you can regulate the temperature and allow for good ventilation. Allow your cat to relax and sleep during daytime and play with him in the evening when it’s cooler. Lastly, watch out for signs of heat stroke. If you notice heavy panting, lethargy, fever, drooling, vomiting, or unconsciousness, it would be best to take your cat to the vet for immediate treatment.


4 comments on “How To Keep Cats Cool In Summer”


June 08, 2021 at 11:37

Sheryl Ray says:

I fill a small spritzer bottle with ice water and spray a mist of it over their bodies. They love it. They even ask for it. Try it. Your kitty will thank you. Also fill their water bowl with a small amount of tap water and the rest with ice water. It'll help them to cool down as it is more refreshing than just cold tap water. My girls come running for it.


June 10, 2021 at 11:46

Michael T. Pletcher says:

Sheryl Ray, Great suggestion. Thks.


June 12, 2021 at 04:24

Sharon casey says:

Sheryl Ray, I have a old boy cat 15 years old and a 2 year old cats they afraid of water


June 10, 2021 at 11:45

Michael T. Pletcher says:

Very informative. One best articles on cat car ive read lately. I loved the comment abt using spritzer to spray on ice water to their fur..


June 11, 2021 at 03:02

Joyce Verdon says:

I found the idea of a plastic bottle filled with ice kept next to my cat sleeping to be most helpful. I do all the other things, but I didn't think of an ice bottle. Thank you


June 11, 2021 at 05:12

Tina Coleman says:

Hi I have four boys Lucky's 9 asthma Max 7 enlarged heart Skittles 6 asthma angel 23 months old asthma all my cats our rescue is it still safe to wet them down when they're AR having a text from the Heat


June 12, 2021 at 02:36

Debbie Rivers says:

Tina Coleman, Yes. It is safe to use a cool, wet washcloth to wet them down.

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