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Cats are clever and fairly good at looking after themselves. However, as summer fast approaches and the weather gets warmer, it’s important to take additional steps to keep your cat well and protected. Overheating can cause dehydration, heatstroke or, in very severe cases, even death. Young, elderly or obese cats may not be so capable of looking after themselves, so make sure that you take extra care to keep them cool and healthy.

Do cats sweat?

Cats do have some sweat glands but, as they’re covered in fur, they’re unable to cool down that much. Cat’s paws have the most sweat glands, but their small surface areas mean that they’re not that effective. Because of this, your cat will look for other ways to cool down in hot weather. Help your cat by taking the following steps during summer:

Shade

Ensure that there is a shaded spot for your cat to lie in. It’s a good idea to purchase a cooling mat for house cats, as this can provide a pleasant space for them to cool down. They will often choose a hard floor, like the kitchen, as tiles are much cooler than carpets.

If your cat is an outdoor cat, make sure there are shaded spots in the garden. It’s vital to ensure that any greenhouses or outdoor sheds and garages are locked at all times so that your cat doesn’t get accidentally locked inside. It can get really hot in greenhouses and sheds, so be careful of broken boards and windows, as your cat may be able to sneak in unknowingly.

Water

Ensure that your cat has access to plenty of water throughout the day – especially if you’re out of the house for an extended period of time. Put ice cubes into your cat’s water bowl to ensure that the water stays cool. You can also leave an additional, frozen bowl

Read the full original post here authored by Marc-Andre Runcie-Unger. You can visit her blog here.

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