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Cat care in the summer

Cats will often seek shade and drink more water to keep themselves safe in hot weather. 

You can help ensure they stay cool during the summer months with a few extra steps:

  • 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.

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