Happy, Healthy Felines (Summer Tips)

I was thrilled to see Refined Feline’s lovely article for Summer Tips For Cats! (Though this goes for your canine buddies as well, or any animals in your care. You never know when the day will come that you are in a position to help, so having an overarching idea is always a great idea.

I don’t know about you, but I am not a huge heat fan!  Sometimes I think people assume every animal is going to do a-ok in extreme temperatures – they are better at adapting that human beings after all!

Well, they won’t whine when the air conditioner isn’t working necessarily (which I, myself, was doing recently – very immature on my part!)…and they won’t say “I feel dizzy and parched”...

B U T, while they CAN act more stoic than humans (and often do – I can think of several felines off the bat!)it doesn’t mean they are always feeling peachy and comfortable...or that they can’t run into trouble.  

It’s important for us to be mindful of water levels, for example, or any unusual behaviors.  These may include the more obvious, such as vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, breathing changes, and dizziness…  

But also look for changes in gum or tongue color (pink is healthy, red or pale is NOT) and any indication of feeling weak.  Such symptoms could be indicative of heatstroke and you want to address it ASAP.  The article above has more details about procedures if you suspect this.

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Hydration is vital – yes, even with indoor pets, and especially with the older ones.  Make sure bowls are filled and throughout your home (I’m happy the link above made a point to say eliminate BAD water sources.  PLEASE leave the toilet seat down (or shut the door) – chemicals are extremely dangerous and should not be ingested, forget all the other awful things they could get from it.)  

Fleas and ticks may be more of an issue during this time as well for outdoor pets – make sure your flea control is up to date, and that you thoroughly check your “kids” for any ticks or tick bites.

And, whatever you do, never, EVER leave an animal in a car.  Even with windows cracked open, you could have well over 115 degrees…even when outside is 20 to 30 degrees cooler.  If you SEE this happen, call help – a quick trip for an owner may still be enough time to be fatal for an animal.  

Happy, healthy pets are the goal – they ARE family, and their safety is just as important!

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4 thoughts on “Happy, Healthy Felines (Summer Tips)

  1. Love that photo of you and your cat!!! I adore my cat and his health and safety is always of great concern to me. All these things you mentioned are so important! I have to read that article too. Great post!

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    • Thank you so much!!! 🙂 ❤ I so appreciate you reading – my topics skip about a little, but my boys' safety is a huge deal to me. I've heard the "he's a CAT. He's FINE!" more than I can believe, actually – I'll look at people like they're crazed because…THEY ARE! Just because an animal can adapt well, doesn't mean they are loving the heat! YAY for animal people! 🙂

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      • Some people are just not cut out for having pets! I’ve heard people say that before too and I agree that they’re crazed!! If a person can’t stand the heat, why would they think their pets can – pets are not objects that don’t get affected! I don’t get it. It’s just cruel. I swear some animals are better than some humans! Yay for animal people!! 🙂 I always love reading your posts, even if you have different topics xx ❤

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  2. I could not agree with you more – humans are, in fact, animals…and we have an intelligence center that one would presume would “know better!” I talk to my boys like I would to children – they are bright lights in my Life and I care so much that they are happy. Thank you so very much for taking the time to read them! I am relatively new at this and so enjoy reading others stories too – it’s a neat way to interact with a much broader circle. 🙂

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