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Helping A Senior Cat Beat The Heat

June 15, 2023

Is your kitty aged ten or older? If so, Fluffy may need some extra attention when it’s hot. Scorching temperatures can be rough on any kitty, but they are particularly tough on aging pets. A North Redington Beach, FL vet offers some advice on keeping your feline pal cool and comfy in this article.


Make sure that Fluffy always has cool spots to rest in. You can put a freezer gel pack in her bed, under a towel. Or, freeze the towel and put that on her bed. Pointing a fan at or near her bed can also help. Of course, kitties are very, very good at finding comfy spots to relax in. Let your feline friend go where she pleases. She’ll find herself a cool spot!


Keeping your adorable buddy hydrated is always important, but it’s especially crucial when it’s hot. Consider putting out extra water stations. (Note: Many cats prefer to drink running water. Fluffy may also appreciate a kitty fountain. This is a great way to keep her hydrated!)


Make sure your furball’s litterbox is easy for her to reach, and isn’t in direct sunlight or a really hot area. You may want to set out extras, especially if you have a large house and/or more than one kitty. 


Older cats sometimes find it hard to bend and stretch enough to groom themselves. You may need to brush your feline buddy more often than usual in summer.

Cold Treats

Fluffy may enjoy some frozen snacks on summer days. You can find ice cream made just for cats, but you can also make your own. Or, just offer your kitty some canned tuna, mixed with ice and frozen yogurt in a blender. A chilled bowl of sodium-free broth can also make a purrfect treat.

Signs Of Overheating

Watch for signs that your furry pal is getting too hot. These include panting, drooling, pacing, dark or decreased urine, vomiting, diarrhea, and unusual behavior or vocalizations. If you notice any of these, immediately give Fluffy water and take steps to cool her down. Putting a bag of frozen peas between her legs can help. Contact your vet immediately, and ask for further instructions.

Do you have questions about your kitty’s health or care? Contact us, your North Redington Beach, FL, pet hospital, any time. We’re here to help! 



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