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How to Cool Down a Cat and Prevent Them From Overheating

Whilst our feline friends usually love soaking up the sun rays, they really can suffer on hotter days. Especially during the summer months, just like us, your cat can get too hot, resulting in overheating, heatstroke and dehydration.  

We’ve put together a list of immediate ways to help our kitty cool down and tips to prevent your cat from overheating this summer. 



 

How to Cool Down a Cat

If you see any signs of overheating, help your cat cool down by taking these steps, and if they continue to get worse, contact your nearest vet.

  1. Move your cat to a shaded and cool environment.

    They often move away from direct sunlight, but if they haven’t, shift them so they are in a cool place and calm spot with some airflow. You can shut some curtains, open some windows or doors. If it is a hot still day put on the air conditioning. 
  2. Encourage your cat to drink some water.

    Dehydration is one of the main reasons cats overheat. Make sure they have some fresh cool water. 
  3. Sit your cat on a cooling mat, or create a makeshift cooling mat.

    A cooling mat is effective at helping reduce your pet's temperature and cooling down your cat.

    If you don’t already have a cooling mat, you can easily DIY one by using two bathroom mats or a thick towel folded. Create cold packs by putting frozen peas into ziplock bags and placing them under the first bath mat. Make sure the towel is thick enough, so it provides them a cooling sensation but not too frosty. Any ice make or frozen will do, however, peas are a lot more comfortable because they are small and not too lumpy.
  4. Pat them with a damp towel.

    We know this sounds like the worst possible thing for our cats who hate getting wet but gently wiping them with a small wet towel when they are overheating can help bring some relief. Damp their tummy, armpits, and pads of their paws too.

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Tips to Prevent Your Cat From Overheating

It’s best to minimise the risk of your cat overheating, dehydration or heatstroke, in the first place, so make sure you are set up for the warm weather and keep your pet safe this summer. 

  1. Always provide your cat with fresh water.

    Make sure your cat always has fresh water available and encourage them to drink. Putting out extra bowls of fresh water around the house can help prompt your cat to drink more water throughout the day, keep them hydrated and cool them down. Moving water is also naturally more appealing to cats and encourages them to drink more, a product like the Trouble & Trix Cat Water Fountain is a great way to keep our cats drinking water. Remember to bring water and keep your cat hydrated if you are travelling with them this summer. The Lexi & Me Folding Travel Cat Bowl is a great option to fold down and store in your bag or car.
  1. Make a cool shaded area where your cat can retreat to.

    Whether your cat is an indoor or outdoor cat, it’s important they have a shaded area available when the heat gets too much for them. Whether it’s setting up a nook for them under some trees in the garden or a cool room in the house. Using a cardboard box, closing some curtains or blinds during the day can give them a cool place to relax out of the sun, it also helps to keep the house cool.

  1. Get a cooling mat for your cat.

    A cooling mat is great for the warmer weather and to help cool down your cat. The Buddy & Belle cooling mat has a non-toxic inner gel that will typically be 5-10 degrees cooler than room temperature without refrigeration and will maintain its cooling properties for approximately 1 hour depending on the environment. You can have it directly on the floor, or in your kitty’s carrier or bed.
  1. Keep your cat groomed.

    Especially for our long-haired cats, a tangled coat can keep the heat in, make sure to brush your cat often or get them professionally clipped and groomed before the summer. We suggest a product like the FURminator Deshedding Tool to help keep your cats well-groomed at home. Speak to your vet and see which is best for your cat. 
  2. Apply sunscreen for cats.

    Even our kitties can experience sunburn, especially those with pale white skin around their noses or ears. As cats love to sunbathe, applying pet sunscreen, such as Ethical Agents Vetsep Antiseptic Sunblock, around these areas is a great way to provide sun protection and ensure your cat stays safe in the harsh New Zealand sun.

We hope you’ve found our tips and guide useful for cooling down your cat and keeping them safe in the warmer months. 

The Pet.co.nz Team

Written by The Pet.co.nz Team

A team of specialists with backgrounds in animal nursing, animal care, and all things pet related.