Keeping Kitty Cool

The dog days of summer are officially here! This can be a rough time of year for kitties, and not just because of the dog references. Although Fluffy loves sunbathing and birdwatching, heat can be very dangerous for her. Cats don’t have many options for cooling themselves down. They can only sweat through their paw pads, and panting isn’t very effective for them. Therefore, you’ll want to take some steps to keep your kitty cool and comfy this summer. In this article, a Michigan City, IN vet offers some tips on how to do that.


The easiest way to keep Fluffy cool? Keep her indoors, in rooms cooled by fans or climate control. If you do let your cat out, limit her outdoor time, and keep her in during the hottest part of the day.


Make sure that Fluffy always has fresh water. Many cats prefer to drink running water, so you may want to get your furball a pet fountain. If you have a large house, more than one floor, or multiple cats, or if your pet is a senior, set out more than one water station. Kitties that are allowed outdoors will need water bowls outside as well.

Beauty Sessions

Cats are very good about keeping themselves clean, which is one reason they make such great pets. However, Fluffy can still use a bit of help. Brushing your feline pal will remove dead fur and dander from her coat, which will help her stay cooler.

Cool Bed

Your pet will probably spend the majority of her summer just lounging about and being adorable. Make sure she has a cool spot to sprawl out in. You can point a fan at or above Fluffy’s bed, or add a cold pack or frozen towel to it. If you really want to pamper your furball, make her a kitty hammock by attaching a piece of fabric to the legs of a table or end table.


Many of us like to cool off on sweltering days with a cold snack. Offer Fluffy a bowl of chilled sodium-free broth, cat milk, or canned tuna or chicken in water. You can also drop a few ice cubes into your kitty’s water bowl.

Please feel free to contact us, your local Michigan City, IN vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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