Cat care in the summer


Although cats will often seek shade and drink more water to stay safe, here are a few extra steps you can take to ensure they stay cool during the hot weather:

Cats can find their way into warm areas if they're looking for a cosy spot but could become too hot or dehydrated if trapped...


  • Always check sheds, greenhouses and summerhouses before closing them up. 
  • Similarly, never leave animals in hot cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans, even if it's just for a short while. Temperatures can quickly rise to 47°C (117°F) in these environments which can result in death.
  • Where safe, keep windows and doors ajar to allow a breeze through the house. If your cat lives indoors-only, consider different options such as windows with locking mechanisms, which still allow air into the house but also keeps your cat indoors.
  • Use pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of your cat's skin, such as the tips of their ears and nose. This is especially important if you cat has white or light coloured fur as they can be very vulnerable to getting burnt. Speak to your vet if you are unsure which product is best to use.
  • Ensure pets always have access to shade and fresh drinking water to help keep them cool.
  • Putting ice cubes into your dog or cat's water bowl or making some tasty ice cube treats is another fantastic idea.
  • Provide damp towels for your pet to lie on or an ice pack wrapped in a towel - both could provide a welcome relief from the heat.
  • Regular grooming in warmer weather can help brush away any dead or excess hair leaving your cat with a less dense coat - much better for staying cool!

Going on a summer holiday?

Whether you're taking your pet with you or finding a safe place for them to stay whilst you're away check out our going on holiday advice for pet owners.

Find out more about caring for kittens and cats.

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