With summer coming, it’s time to turn our focus on keeping pets healthy and safe in the heat. Hot weather is quite dangerous for our feline pals. Fluffy can’t cool herself off by sweating, as we do, and panting isn’t as effective for her as it is for Fido. The best thing you can do for your furry buddy is make sure that she is staying properly hydrated. A local Aldershot, ON vet offers some advice on that in this article.
The biggest thing is to make sure that your furry pal always has fresh water. If you have a large and/or multi-storied home, more than one pet, or a senior kitty, set out extra water stations. While we wouldn’t advise letting cats go outside, if Fluffy is allowed to wander, she’ll need a water station outdoors as well. Stay on top of keeping the bowls clean and filled.
Did you know that many cats prefer running water? This is one reason we sometimes find Fluffy drinking from the faucet. Consider getting your feline friend a pet fountain.
Sodium-free broth can be a tasty, healthy treat for your furry little friend. Offer Fluffy a chilled bowl on hot days. Or, freeze the broth into small cubes and offer them as treats.
When it’s really hot out, choose snacks with a high moisture content. You can get Fluffy some ice cream made just for her. You can also make your own. Combine canned tuna with ice in a blender, then pour into a freezer mold. Or, mix shredded chicken with plain, fat-free yogurt. You can also experiment and make your own kitty snacks. Just be sure to stick with cat-safe foods.
It’s also important to know the signs of dehydration. Panting is one red flag. Kitties don’t normally pant unless they’re really hot, so this should always be seen as an emergency. Fluffy may also act restless, lethargic, or disoriented, and she may meow to indicate that she’s in distress. Other things to look for include discolored gums, sunken eyes, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you notice any of these things, immediately offer your furball water and then contact your vet for further instructions.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. As your Aldershot, ON pet hospital, we’re here to help.