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How To Keep A Cat Cool In A Summer Heatwave

Most of us look forward to summer all year round, especially those of us who live in one of the cooler states, or up north in Canada. There's nothing better than a good tan and saving on the heating bill - although we're all guilty of complaining when it gets too hot. For our four-legged friends, they're trying to keep cool while wearing a permanent fur coat, and it's not easy. According to Metro, there are a few ways you can help your kitty stay safe and chilled out in hot weather.

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It's a scientific fact that cats can get sunburnt just like us, and white cats or those with a lighter coat are especially vulnerable. Cats can also contract skin cancer too, in some cases resulting in a need for expensive treatment and in even amputation. Simple things like making sure your cats have a shaded place to rest can go a long way, and never underestimate the value of good old-fashioned ice.

Cats need to drink a lot to stay hydrated, so make sure their bowl is always full of clean water before you head out for the day. Using a metal or ceramic dish will help keep the water fresh and at a lower temperature, as will sticking a few cubes of ice in there. Creating a special kitty cooler is also a great idea. All you need to do is place a bottle of frozen water inside a tea towel and put it in your cat's favorite resting spot. It will be there if they need to cool down throughout the day. Closing your curtains and keeping the house shaded might seem like you're a creature of the night living in the dark, but your cat will appreciate it. Keeping the sun out will keep the overall room temperature at a much more kitty-friendly number.

You can also help kitty stay chill by keeping your cat well-groomed, as a tangle-free coat will be much cooler for them. If you're worried about heatstroke, keep your pet in during the hottest parts of the day (generally between 11AM-3PM) and watch for the signs, which include excessive panting and collapsing. If you have serious concerns contact your vet.

Here's to a feline-friendly summer!

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