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Keeping Kitty Cool

As you’ve probably noticed, Florida weather can get pretty hot. Heat can be very dangerous for cats, so if you have a kitty, you’ll want to make sure to keep Fluffy comfortable. Read on as a local South Dade, FL vet offers advice on keeping your feline buddy cool.

Water

Make sure that Fluffy always has plenty of fresh, clean water. If you like, you can drop an ice cube into your pet’s dish to cool it down. You may want to put one on the floor as well: since cats use their paw pads to regulate their temperature, smacking a piece of ice around can help your kitty beat the heat.

Climate Control

The best way to protect your cat from the heat is to simply keep her indoors, in rooms that are cooled by fans and/or air conditioning. Actually, we recommend that kitties always stay indoors: these little furballs face many dangers outside! If you do let Fluffy out, don’t let her go wandering around during the hottest part of the day.

Hammocks

Raised beds allow air to flow beneath them, which will help keep your furry buddy cool. Buy or make Fluffy a little hammock to snooze in.

Brushing

Did you know that brushing your cat regularly can actually help her stay cooler? This is because regular brushing removes dead fur and dander from Fluffy’s coat. Pick a time when your feline pal is feeling relaxed, and brush her gently, moving in the direction of her fur. Be sure to incorporate praise and ear scritches to activate the purr.

Beds

Pointing a fan at your kitty’s bed will help keep it cool. (We know, pretty much everything is a cat bed as far as Fluffy is concerned, but that’s another topic.) Some furballs don’t like strong air currents, so adjust the distance and speed to suit your pet’s tastes. You can even try ‘misting’ your kitty when she’s in her bed by spritzing water into the air in front of the fan.

Frozen Treats

Who says cats can’t enjoy a frozen treat? Freeze small portions of tuna in water. You can add yogurt and/or parsley if you like. Fluffy may also enjoy frozen shredded chicken in sodium-free broth.

Is your cat due for veterinary care? Call us, your South Dade, FL animal clinic. We are here to keep your cat happy, healthy, and purring.

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