Cat care in the summer

cat in the garden © RSPCAAlthough cats will often seek shade and drink more water to keep themselves safe in hot weather, here are a few extra steps you can take to ensure they stay cool during the summer months.

  • Check sheds, greenhouses and summerhouses before closing them up. Cats can find their way into warm areas if they're looking for a cosy spot, but could get too hot or dehydrated if they get trapped.
  • 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 be fatal.
  • Where safe, keep windows and doors ajar to allow a breeze through the house. If your cat lives indoors full-time, consider different options such as windows with locking mechanisms, which allow air into the house while also keeping 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 your cat has white or light-coloured fur, as they can be very vulnerable to getting burnt. Speak to your vet if you're unsure which product it's best to use.
  • Ensure your cat always has access to shade and fresh drinking water to help keep them cool.
  • Put ice cubes into your cat's water bowl or make some tasty ice cube treats.
  • Give your pet damp towels to lie on or an ice pack wrapped in a towel - both will provide welcome relief from the heat.
  • Groom them regularly - 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 while 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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