Cats love the warmth of hot places in winter. But that doesn’t mean they feel better in summer. Quite the opposite, feline are sensible to high temperatures and they need special care during the entire summer. Check here some recommendations for your puppy to feel good at this time.

On a hot day, if you go to the fashion designer Maria Reis’s flat, you shall find a funny scene: Fred, a beautiful siamese cat, revels at bed, belly up, in front of a fan. “This is his favorite spot during the entire summer”, says Maria, who has also two more pussies of undefined race: Martin and Nina. The three live together in harmony, but have different behaviours when the temperature goes up. While Fred monopolize the artificial breeze of a fan, Martin prefers the cold floor of the kitchen or the
bathroom. But Nina, the smallest one, goes near the window to share the soft wind. “She hates fans and air condicioning and does not sleep if its is on,” says its owner.

Sinks, bathtubs, ceramic floors and even empty plant pots are some places where pussies like to stay to protect against heat. Althought felines have sweat glands all over their body, they drink less water in summer, and it can dehydrated them when in hot and stuffy environments. “It’s necessary to encourage cats to drink more water on hot days, preferably at fountains made for cats, they love running water”, says vet Fernanda Cioffetti Marques, from São Paulo, Vetnil consultant.

The drinking fountain “Fresh Sips Less Stress Pet Fountain” (Oster brand), for example, can be a good choice. Its on sale at Amazon.com for 30 US dollars and has filtered water with bubbles that felines love. The model “PetSafe Drinkwell Seascape”, 74 US dollars at Amazon.com, has a diferential – the elegant design, made in ceramic and easy to clean.

The cat meals must always be fresh because heat can damage the food. The vet Fernanda Souza suggests moist food on hotter days, to refresh cats’ body. If the cat is very prostrated, it can be good to give him an eletrolitic for pets, it means: a supplement rehidratant via oral. “ Probiótics are also good to improve the nutrients absorption and help vitamins and proteins synteshis”, says dr. Fernanda.

GOOD TREATMENT
The company administrator Gerson Sabbá brushes his two cats, Félix and Pretinha, every day. “ They cats licks their fur to cool the body with saliva because it reduces body temperature. Eliminate the cat fur makes easier their work”, explain Sabbá. Just like other furry companions , they hate air conditioning, so the administrator put ceiling fans in all rooms of the house. He also put ice cubs in water jars so the liquid will stay fresh for longer. “The vet recommends to put moist towels at some places in the house, so they can rest there when feeling very hot”, tells Gerson.

The place were cat sleep also have to be prepared to warm nights. One idea is to put a kind of wooden pallet so the air can circulate. At Amazom.com store it costs about 20 euros. Another tip is to put mini cribs under chairs, like the ones sold at Cat Crib site (20 US dollars); after all, at this time of the year, beds and cat holes are very muffled.

Besides all good care, some cats can have a severe hyperthermia because of hot temperatures. The symptoms may be salivation, wheezing, dehydration, cardiac arrhythmia, intestinal constipation, vomiting or diarrhea. If you note one of these signals, call a vet before the situation gets worse. Happy and fresh, your puppy will purr with satisfaction.