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Helping Your Cat Beat The Heat

May 01, 2024

Summer may officially be a few weeks off, but here in Florida, temperatures have already hit ‘sweltering.’ With the arrival of that scorching summer weather, it’s crucial for pet owners to start taking precautions to protect their animal friends from the heat. Continue reading to discover valuable advice from a local North Redington Beach, FL veterinarian on safeguarding your beloved cat from that summertime heat.

How Can I Keep My Kitty Cool In Summer?

Florida summers are no joke! Fortunately, taking a few small steps to keep your furball comfy can go a long way.

Here are some things you can try:

Keep Kitty well-hydrated

First and foremost, it’s important to ensure that your furry little friend always has access to an ample supply of fresh water. For those with multiple cats or homes with multiple levels, it’s a good idea to have additional water bowls available. On hot days, you can cool down your kitty’s dish by adding an ice cube. Additionally, you may want to consider offering cats the option of drinking from fountains. Many kitties prefer running water! 

Get Fluffy A Cooling Mat

Many pet stores carry products specifically designed for this purpose. Another option is to freeze a couple of towels and then put them on Fluffy’s bed.


Does your cat ever play with ice cubes? Not only will your cat enjoy this activity, but it will also help her stay cool. Kitties use their adorable toe beans to help regulate their body temperature. (Fun fact: cats can only sweat through their paw pads.)

Treat Your Feline Friend To A Refreshing Snack

Everyone adores a refreshing treat when the weather is scorching hot … and that includes our feline friends! Here are some options you can consider for your beloved pet:

  • Store your cat’s canned food in the refrigerator to ensure a refreshing meal for your furry friend.
  • You can also divide canned cat food into smaller portions and store them in the freezer. You might also consider diluting pate formula foods with water to achieve a thinner consistency.
  • Pour some tuna or salmon juice over crushed or shaved ice, or blend it. Make sure to use fish that has been stored in water, as oils can be too fatty for your feline friend.
  • Soft lickable treats for your feline friend are available in convenient pouches. You can keep these items in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Sodium-free broth is not only a healthy choice, but it will also help keep pets hydrated. You can pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze it, or just cool it in the refrigerator and pour it into a bowl.

Delicious Homemade Kitty Ice Cream: Combine fat-free yogurt with your choice of canned or shredded protein, such as tuna, chicken, turkey, crabmeat, or fish. Don’t forget to include some parsley for your furry friend, too. Divide into small portions and freeze. (Hint: You can use bottlecaps to measure these out.)

Let Fluffy Find A Good Spot

Cats have a knack for discovering comfortable spots to take a nap. During the summer months, it’s common to find your pet relaxing on the cool kitchen or bathroom floor, or even in the basement. Tile floors remain cool in warm weather, which can provide Fluffy with added comfort. 

Additionally, you have the option of providing your pet with a hammock or raised bed. They’re easy to get online, but you can opt for a DIY approach by simply attaching a piece of fabric to the table legs. 


Brushing your cat helps remove dead fur, dust, and dander from her coat. These things can cause kitties to feel itchy and uncomfortable. Is there another bonus? By using a brush to remove your pet’s fur, you can prevent them from developing hairballs.

How Hot Is Too Hot For Cats?

Typically, when the temperature exceeds 80F it’s too hot for Fluffy. When the temperature climbs above 90F,  it becomes uncomfortably hot, and if it surpasses 100F it’s now dangerously hot.

How Can I Determine If My Cat Is Overheated?

It is crucial to be aware of the potential dangers of overheating for cats. Fluffy’s ability to regulate her body temperature is limited. Panting is not very effective for her, and she can only release heat through her paw pads. Additionally, she is sporting a fur coat! Understanding the warning signs is crucial.

Here are the key ones:

Restlessness: When Fluffy gets too warm, she might start pacing or walking around non-stop. She might appear unsettled or anxious.

Breathing Difficulty: Cats that are overheated may experience respiratory distress. You might observe your pet exhibiting shallow breaths, gasping, or displaying abnormal breathing patterns.

Tummy Trouble: Experiencing vomiting or diarrhea can also indicate heat stress, especially when accompanied by other symptoms.

Unusual Vocalizations: Although cats vary in their level of chattiness, they typically have a consistent voice or meow pattern. Hot or distressed cats may vocalize in an urgent and distressed manner.

Panting: If you happen to notice a cat panting, it’s definitely a cause for concern, as cats don’t typically pant like dogs do.

Drool: Cats typically do not drool, although they may occasionally have a small amount of saliva escape from their mouths while they are sleeping. This is another sign that there may be an issue.

Tongue And Mouth: Fluffy’s tongue may look red, and her gums may appear either redder or paler than usual. 

Confusion: Fluffy may also exhibit signs of being disoriented, confused, and distressed. Her movements may appear unsteady, with a tendency to lose balance or waver while walking.

One more indication to be aware of is lethargy, which can be a sign of weakness. We understand that cats tend to spend the majority of their time relaxing and taking it easy. That’s normal. On the other hand, if your pet appears to lack energy, appear limp, or simply seems feeble, then it’s not just another instance of them taking a nap: it’s a sign that something is wrong.

Muscle tremors, seizures, collapsing, decreased urine production, and coma are more serious signs.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to reach out to your veterinarian or the nearest emergency clinic right away.

What Should I Do If My Kitty Overheats?

If you believe your cat is overheated, it’s important to take quick action. It is important to ensure that your pet receives proper—and immediately— veterinary care, but you’ll have to cool her off first. Additionally, it is crucial to take necessary measures to help your pet cool down. It’s important to avoid immersing her in cold water as it could potentially cause her to go into shock. You can hold her in front of a freezer. Alternatively, position her in front of a fan and gently spray the air with water. Another choice is to softly wipe a cool, damp cloth over her fur. Make sure to reach out to your vet and get detailed instructions.  

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