Keeping cats cool in the summer

25 May 2023

Make sure your cat keeps cool this summer with our useful tips on how to keep them safe throughout the summer months.

Ginger cat lying under a bench in a garden

1. Use sun cream

Cats with lighter-coloured fur are more likely to be at risk of getting sunburnt. Fur protects the cat’s skin to some extent, but if your cat allows, apply animal friendly sun cream to put on the areas most exposed, especially the end of the nose and tips of the ears.

The sun cream used for your pet should be Titanium Dioxide-based and avoid any that contain Zinc Oxide. Always speak to your vet first if you are unsure which sun cream to use.

2. Provide plenty of shade

Make sure there are plenty of shaded areas in the garden so that your cat has options to keep sheltered whilst still having the freedom to roam around in the great outdoors.

3. Keep your cat hydrated

Make sure your cat has access to plenty of water throughout the day and evening. Refilling often will also keep the water fresh and cool for your cat.

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4. Remember to keep inside cool as well

Indoor cats can feel the heat too. Investing in a fan will do wonders – for both your cat and you! Netting frames that fit over windows and doors are also a good way to keep the place well-ventilated without the worry of your cat escaping.

5. Don't overexcite your cat

On really hot days, an active cat will quickly become exhausted and dehydrated. Instead, encourage a more relaxed approach to the day, or for an inquisitive cat, put down a couple of ice cubes for your cat to play with.

6. Check your shed

If you have a shed or conservatory open, check no cat is secretly hiding in there before you lock up for the day.

7. Know the signs of heatstroke in cats

Cats are affected by the sun in the same way humans are. They can get heat stroke in the same way and develop skin cancer from sun burns – even on cloudy days. Keep an eye on your cat's behaviour and know the signs of heatstroke:

  • Agitation
  • Stretching out and breathing rapidly
  • Extreme distress
  • Skin hot to the touch
  • Glazed eyes
  • Vomiting and drooling

If your cat is displaying odd behaviour or you notice any skin changes during hot days, contact your vet immediately and seek advice.