Tips on How to Cool Down Your Cat This Summer 2021

Published: 7/9/2021

As temperatures rise, it's important to keep your little lion cool. If you have an outdoor cat who enjoys daily adventures during summer, overheating is a serious problem. 

Spending too much time in the sun could cause Felix to suffer from heatstroke, a potentially life-threatening condition that requires veterinary care. By staying prepared, you can make sure Max can soak up the sun without having to worry about heatstroke. Here are a few tips on how to cool down your cat this summer 2021. 


Frozen treats

One fun way to keep your tiny tiger cool on a hot day is to make them some frozen treats. You can give your feline plain ice cubes or mix in some tuna brine. (Only use tuna in spring water, as tuna in oil could give your kitty an upset stomach.) You can also try frozen yogurt treats or frozen pate cubes as a special treat for Smudge. 

If you want to encourage your kitty to play, try getting some normal ice cubes and place them on a hardwood floor. Your cat won't be able to resist batting them around!


Construct a shady catio

If your cat is prone to disappearing for several hours, you might want to keep them from wandering off on a hot day. A great way to let your cat outside but under control to build a catio.

While you could build an elaborate catio, a small and secure netted enclosure in your yard or on your balcony will work just fine. This way, your cat can play and sunbathe while having access to plenty of shade and water.


Encourage play during twilight hours

If you don't have the resources to build a catio, you can try to keep your cat cool by playing with them in the early morning and late evening. By wearing your cat out during the coolest parts of the day, they'll be less likely to spend hours playing outside when the sun's at its highest.


Cool off your cat with a wet towel

It's widely known that cats generally don't like water, so you won't want to spray your cat with water to cool them down. That said, you can dab and stroke your cat with a damp towel. Just run some cold water on a towel, wring it out, and then rub or place it on your cat.


Consider sun cream for cats

As well as heatstroke, it's also possible for cats to get sunburn. For hairless and lightly colored cats, sunburn can be a cause for concern. Sunburn can also affect any cat's nose and ears. 

Most pet stores across the country sell sunscreen for cats. A little dab on your cat's nose and the tips of their ears will help keep them cool. You should avoid any sun cream that contains zinc oxide as it's toxic to cats. Consult your vet before using sun cream on cats.


Don't forget to groom!

The easiest way to keep your tiny tiger cool is with regular grooming. All furry felines should receive a daily brush to get rid of dead hair. Regular grooming is essential for long-haired cats but is also important for short-haired kitties. 

If you feel like your cat could do with a trim, take them to a professional groomer. If you shave or trim your cat, you risk shaving too close to the skin, which could cause your cat to get sunburn.