Having a sunny day and clear skies can be so inviting but there are hidden risks for your feline friend. Read up on how to ensure they’re safe and healthy all summer long. Then both of you can enjoy the season more comfortable and worry-free.
1. Always have clean and cool water available to your cat.
Felines can easily get dehydrated on hot days. When they’re thirsty, they’ll go for any liquid they see. If their water dish doesn’t have enough water or is completely empty, that toilet water and the muddy puddle outdoors by the flowerbed would start to look appealing. In other words, protect your cat’s health with the most basic need for living creatures and the best weapon against heat, cold drinking water.
2. Place ice in your cat’s water.
Any coldness the water has can easily dissipate on a hot summer’s day. Keep it cool for longer periods of time with ice. Simply place a few cubes in your kitty’s water. To let the chill last even longer, especially if you’ll be gone for the day, freeze the water dish overnight so it gradually melts throughout the day.
3. Make ice bottles.
Freeze bottles of water for a night. You can now use one to cool your kitty’s favourite spot to relax in by laying it there. Instead of placing cubes, put the bottle in the middle of the water dish to instantly give your cat cold water that would last a day. You can also let a fan blow in your feline buddy’s direction with a bottle of ice in front of it. Tada! You’ve got a kitty air conditioner!
4. Pat down your cat with a wet cloth.
While your pet might not love baths, this is much gentler and less upsetting for them. Cats groom themselves more often during the summer. Why? In an effort to get relief from the heat. You’d also be cleaning them at the same time.
5. Close the curtains.
Or make sure they have enough shade to cover them entirely whether indoors or outdoors. Letting them stay indoors would be preferable and lessen the risk of overheating. When they’re going outside, you can place garden furniture or design the placement of plants in such a way they give a shaded area during hot times of the day.
6. Groom your cat regularly.
You get to wear fur coats in winter and go walking in shorts and a tank top in the summer. Your cat is stuck with fur all year round. Brush it daily and keep their fur short. Take them to the kitty salon for a haircut when the fur starts to grow long.
7. Avoid playing during times when the heat is at its most intense.
The furbaby might want to play outside when the sun is shining its brightest but cats get overheated and too much heat puts them in danger of hyperthermia. When inside the house, avoid areas where the sun gets through and make sure there’s always sufficient ventilation and cool air before letting your cat do any strenuous activities.
As much as we love our pets, don’t panic when they get exposed to a bit of sunlight. Also, don’t worry if they need to be indoors a little more often than usual. Your cat will surely understand the lengths you’re going to for their sake. If not, well summer’s only three months long. It’ll all soon be over.
Meow for now… Kristian
One bowl of water a day clearly isn’t enough…is it? Two? Three? Would four be too much? How do we know for sure? Many kitty parents don’t know to be honest and too embarrassed to ask but here at SoPurrfect, we’re facing these kind of questions head on so you get your answers without the shame.
How much water does my cat need?
Ideally, it would largely depend on the weight of your cat. Daily water consumption would range between 44 to 60 mL of water per kilogram of your cat’s body weight or 0.067 oz.-1 oz. of water to a pound of weight. However, your cat’s drinking requirements would be affected by the kind of diet it has, how much physical activity it gets, and other factors that would impact their health.
Canned food has a greater amount of water (78%) than dry food (10%). A cat on a dry food diet would need a higher intake of water than one eating mostly cat food.
What are the signs that my cat drinks enough water?
While we can’t measure exactly how much our cats should drink, we can observe obvious physical signs that correlate to having enough water. These are:
The skin should be able to stretch and snap back to its original shape without a problem. You can test this on the skin on the base of your cat’s nape.
Cats love their sleep and take several hours more than a human being but when they’re wide awake, take notice if they seem lethargic. Test with playtime to see how your cat is feeling.
The absence of dry flakes and sheen are good signs of hydration.
Another clear indication of their liquid intake is the number of times they excrete it.
How can I get my cat to drink more water?
Placing water right in front of your cat isn’t always enough to make the cat want to drink. In fact, they might not want to at all. If you’re worried about your cat’s health because they don’t drink clean water enough, try these tricks.
- Add a little more water on your cat’s pet food but only if it’s canned. Remember that canned food is mostly water? You can keep it to a minimum by sprinkling if you think your cat might not want it too watery. Mixing water with dry food would spoil it.
- Get an automatic water fountain for your pet. There’s a theory that cats probably associate running water with clean water. Stagnant water in nature is often filled with bacteria which is why they’d prefer drinking from the toilet or faucet than water in a bowl. If it’s untrue, well, cats are clearly fond of moving water anyway even if they don’t like bathing in it and are more likely to drink that.
- Switch to glass bowls or steel. Plastic can affect the taste of water, making it unappealing to cats. Even people don’t like it.
- Dump out yesterday’s water, whether it was last night’s or not. Keep it clean, keep it fresh.
- In the summer, rinse the water bowl more often. The heat makes it bacteria multiply faster. Throw out the water and clean the bowl to avoid this.
- Use filtered water. Cats can tell between soft water (filtered or distilled) and hard water (mineral or tap). Felines dislike the high concentration of mineral salts.
Meow for now… Kristian
Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Cat
Cats can enjoy Christmas, too. And, as cats are considered to be part of the family, it makes sense to make them part of the festivities. Giving your cat a Christmas gift (and letting them tear open the wrapping paper themselves) is a wonderful idea. Below are four Christmas gift ideas for your cat that will ensure that they enjoy a happy holiday.
A catnip toy.
Cats go wild for catnip, so purchasing them anything with catnip in is sure to make them feel happy. There are plenty of catnip toys available in pet stores, but another alternative is to make one yourself. You can purchase little packages of catnip at the pet store, and then knit or sew them a toy, incorporating the catnip into the stuffing.
A new scratching post.
Give them something to exercise those claws on in the new year! A nice new scratching post is sure to look pretty alluring to your cat, and it will also be a great stress reliever for them if you have got lots of relatives coming over to visit during the Christmas season. If your cat needs a little encouragement to use their scratching post, simply rub a little catnip over it and they should get going with it right away.
A cat tower.
A cat tower is a kind of cat gym, but it also a place just to hang out and chill. It is especially great for indoor cats who need to get their exercise from playing around inside your house or apartment. With a cat tower, they can climb, balance, hide and scratch to their heart’s content. There are plenty of different cat towers on the market, so you are sure to have no trouble finding one that your kitty will love. There are also cat towers that are designed to be used by multiple cats at once which of course is perfect if you share your home with several feline companions.
A laser pen.
Obviously not to write with – unless your cat is really clever! A cat safe laser pen will provide you and your cat with hours of fun. Cats love tearing around and chasing that little dot of light from the laser and you can really give them a great workout session as you sit there controlling it from the comfort of your couch. The crucial thing here, though, is to get a pen that is cat safe – if in doubt, ask your vet or ask at the pet store. You want to get a laser that will not damage the cat’s eyes but instead will provide you both with hours of harmless fun.
Which gifts will you choose for your cat?
So there you have it, four festive ideas to get your kitty in to the holiday spirit. Which item will you choose? A cat tower or a catnip toy? A laser pen or a new scratching post? There are plenty of other things to purchase the feline who has it all, however, including new bowls, cat treats and a soft new bed.
Meow for now… Kristian