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Service Cats: How To Beat The Heat And Treat Overheating In Cats

The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.

Raena sits posing in her tiger harness

 

 

 

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. We’re runnin’ low on questions from ya’ll, so purrlease let us know what you’d like to see here on Furidays. You can do so by leavin’ your questions and/or topic suggestions in the comments below or by sendin’ us an email via our Contact page. And, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series you can check them out by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page from our menu. With all the hot weather we’ve been havin’ lately, this seems like the purrfect time to talk about how to Beat The Heat. 

 

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

Stay inside

     Sounds kind of silly, but Staying inside out of the heat is the best way to beat it. We have recently learned that some of our friends around the world don’t have air conditioning. We were shocked, but we do understand that certain areas don’t actually get as hot as others and humidity doesn’t affect everybody, so a/c’s aren’t needed items. However, we’re pretty sure that most people have fans. To make the air the fan blows a bit cooler, you can fill a bowl with cold water and place it in front of the fan; replace the water as needed. Keep all unscreened windows and doors closed.

 

     Fresh water should be available at all times. Fountains tend to keep water cooler thru circulation. You can also add ice cubes which some cats enjoy. You can also make a little nip tea to freeze into cubes and add to kitty’s water as a little treat during the heat wave; or anytime for that matter.

 

Dezi looks full on at the camera while sitting ion the stroller outside

 

 

 

Stay Cool Outside 

     If you must be outside, or you’re caring for stray or feral kitties, there are steps you can take to keep everybody safe during the heat of summer. Shelter from the heat is a must. Shade trees, shrubs, dog/cat houses, even boxes placed in shady areas can be useful.

 

     Fresh water is a must. And remember when putting the water bowl out, to place it in a shady area so that it will stay cool longer and kitty/doggy won’t have to stand on hot surfaces to get a drink. Ice cubes can be placed in the water, but remember to add water to the bowl. The ice cubes may not melt as quickly as you expect them to alone.

 

     Remember cement, asphalt and dirt/sand can reach temperatures hot enough to burn, so make sure kitty can access food and water without having to walk or sit on those surfaces. Paw pads can burn very easily. If you’re taking kitty/doggy for a walk, avoid walking on those surfaces for long periods of time. You have shoes, kitty/doggy is basically walking barefoot. 

 

     NEVER leave kitty/doggy locked/shut in a car, non climate controlled shed, storage room or garage. Temperatures in these areas can be deadly in a short amount of time. Don’t let kitty/doggy ride around in the bed of your pickup truck. The metal bed can and will burn.

 

     Kitties and doggies with lots of fur might enjoy a small haircut. However, Do Not shave them to the skin. That skin has been protected by fur and exposure to extreme temps can be dangerous. Watch out for hot spots and treat any skin conditions as soon as possible. Short nosed breeds, such as Persians, Bulldogs, etc., have more difficulty breathing, especially as temperatures rise. Keep a close eye on them and know the signs of overheating in pets.

 

Raena sits in stroller while outside

 

 

 

Symptoms of Overheating

     Know the signs of Overheating in pets and if you see it, get your pet to the VET as soon as possible.

Excessive panting,

Difficulty breathing,

Increased heart and respiratory rate,

Drooling,

Weakness,

Stupor,

Collapse,

Seizures,

Bloody Diarrhea,

Vomiting,

Elevated Temperatures over 104°F (ASPCA.org). 

 

Dezi lays on the table at the vet's office

 

 

 

Immediate Treatment

     If you find kitty unconscious or in a stupor, soak him/her in cool, but not ice cold water, keeping the nose and mouth clear. You can also try placing a bag of frozen vegetables or an ice pack between their legs and go straight to your VET.  

     If kitty is still conscious, get him/her inside cooler temps immediately. Let him/her drink as much water as he/she wants and get to the VET ASAP.

     If kitty is just beginning to show signs of overheating, get them inside a cool area and place a cool wet towel over them. Make sure there is plenty of cold water available to drink. Keep a close eye on kitty and see the VET if needed.

 

Raena sits on the table at the Vet's office

There will be no temp takin’ here, fanky fank you.

 

 

 

     If you can safely take kitties temperature, do so. Make note of the temperature and take appropriate actions. Rectal temps as follows:

100° – 103°F = normal to slightly elevated 

103° – 104°F = slightly elevated and should be seen be a VET as soon as possible. 

105°F and above could be fatal and should be seen by a VET Immediately.

 

     Remember, prevention is always the best cure. With just a few steps everybody can survive the heat. Another tip is not to over play your pet during the hottest parts of the day. While it may be fun to play fetch at the beach with your dog or chase the wand bird in the yard with kitty, to much fun in the sun can lead to the dangers of overheating. You might also want to wrap a bandana that has been soaked in cool water around your pets neck to help keep them cool. And make sure everybody including the humans are drinking plenty to avoid dehydration. 

 

Blooper- Dezi's head while she lays on scratcher.

This is fur sure a blooper. Mommy was trying to take a foto of me while me slept

on the scratcher beside her chair. Alas, she cut off me’s face and body

and only got the tippy top of me’s head. Hmmmpht

 

 

 

Well, we’re gonna wrap it up fur today. We do hope this helps you to survive the summer hots. We’re doin’ all we can to enjoy the wonderful a/c in the house. Mommy once lived in an apartment where she had no control over her own a/c. Temps in her apartment were in the low 100’s at night, mid 100’s in the day, and even brought out the media to repurrt on the situation. She swore then and there, she would never allow her babies (then, sis Lexi and Lucky) to have to endure anything like that again, so she’s really good about makin’ sure Raena and me are comfy regardless of what’s goin’ on. ‘Member, you can ketch up on any posts you may have missed in this series by clickin’ Training Tips and Everything Feline from our menu. And, be sure and leave your questions and/or topic suggestions in the comments below or via our Contact page in our menu. 

 

Blooper-Raena lays in lap and reaches for the camera phone

Mine’s blooper submission. Mine’s selfie didn’t quite turn out. Guess

I’s zigged when I’s should’a zagged. MOL

 

 

 

We’re linkin’ up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furidays and we’re also joinin’ our furiends the Cuddlywumps fur Pet foto fails and bloopers.

 

Do you have any tips for surviving the hots?  

 

Till the next time………………………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle     

Service Cats: Kitten/Cat Proofing Your Home Pt. 4

The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.

Dezi outside in walking harness

 

 

 

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. Every week we try to answer questions asked by all of you ‘bout Training, Health, Behavior or anything else you’re wonderin’ ‘bout the little ball of fluff residing in your homes. We also take on topics you’ve suggested and try to help humans better unnerstand the Feline and sometimes the woofies too. That’s right, a lot of the Tips we give can be used fur pets of all species. Ifin you have a question or blog topic you’d like to see, purrlease leave a comment in the comments section below or send us an email via our Contact page in our menu. And, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series or just want to refresh your memory, you ketch up by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page in our menu above. 

 

Raena's adorable face close up while sitting in stroller

 

 

 

     For the last 3 weeks we’ve focused on Kitten/Cat Proofing your home; and, we’ll be wrapping that up today with a few last Tips and Suggestions. If you’ve missed Pt. 1, 2, or 3 click on the corresponding numbers to read them now. We truly hope we’ve helped make bringing a new kitty or puppy into your home easier and less stressful. We would first like to add something brought to our attention by one of our very smart readers. Just when you thought you’d covered all possible dangers, someone mentions something you totally forgot about.

 

     Last week we covered the Sewing and Craft room but totally forgot about the Iron. Yep, some people do still iron. Mommy uses a steamer more than an iron, so it just slipped our minds. However, a hot iron is a serious danger to pets and humans alike. And the dangly cord hanging over the edge of the ironing board is a great temptation for kitty/puppy. Never leave an iron unattended or plugged in when not in use. As me said, mommy prefers using a steamer not only on her clothes but also for cleaning. For water to turn into steam, the temperature reaches scalding hot. Never, blast kitty/woofy with steam, it will burn them. 

 

Raena sits on sidewalk beside stroller in her tiger harness

 

 

 

 

Outside: The Predator Becomes the Prey:

     As most of you know, we believe kitties belong inside and not out roaming around without their human. The dangers lurking outside are overwhelmingly huge. Kitties in particular are not only predators but also prey, especially small kittens and cats. Owls, Hawks, Eagles, Coyotes, Wolves, Bobcats, Cougars, Alligators, Crocodiles and many other wild animals can, will and do hunt our small furry friends.

 

     Rabies, carried by a number of wild animals can be transmitted through bites during a fight or saliva from an infected animal entering an open wound of a healthy animal/human. Feral Cat Colonies are at high risk of harboring and spreading Rabies as well as other fatal and non fatal feline diseases. Cars are another danger outside cats face. Over *6 million cats and dogs were killed by cars in the U.S. alone last year. (* – browser search). Cats are at a higher risk than dogs. In the winter time, car engines often provide a tempting place for cats/kittens to get warm. Please, Always knock on the hood of your car before starting it up, especially in the colder months.

 

Dezi's profile looking out into the street from the stroller while outside

 

 

 

Poisons:

     Outside cats are at risk of being poisoned, either by accident or on purpose. Many people think cats are a nuisance and put out poisons. Cats may also be poisoned by eating mice or other small animals that have been poisoned themselves. We personally lost a friend a few years ago who ate one such mouse. While poisoning from antifreeze is more common in dogs, it’s still a risk for cats. Please clean up any anti freeze you see standing around your car and store any containers in an area away from kitties/woofies.

 

     Many plants and flowers are toxic to kitties; as are most of the sprays used to keep bugs off garden plants. If you allow kitty outside in your garden, try to use non-toxic bug sprays and plant only safe foliage. Perhaps you could even plant kitty their own little garden area with some ornamental grasses and cat nip/mint. When offered the choice between your poisonous plants and nip or grass, kitty will almost always choose the latter.

 

Dezi walks outside in her harness on a leash

 

 

 

Garage/Shed:

     The Garage or Shed is another room that harbors dangers and even death for kitty/woofy. If you use your garage for your car, be sure to keep any oil, antifreeze, or other liquids that may leak, cleaned up. Also, store any containers of these items out of kitty’s reach. A locker or other enclosed shelf is a great place for storing dangerous items and tools. Put tools, especially those with sharp edges, away as well as any small nails, screws, zip ties, and other tempting play objects. Use plastic storage containers with lids instead of boxes. Not only are boxes tempting to kitty, but they’re also a fire hazard. Store bikes, skateboards, surf boards and other large equipment on racks or shelving.

 

Dezi looks out from perch

 

 

 

Cat Toys and Furniture:

     Now, let’s talk a bit about toys designed for our play. One would think that a toy or furniture item designed specifically for us would be perfectly safe, right? If only that were true. Most everybody knows we kitties love things that dangle from a string/cord. We love the string maybe more than the toy at the end. MOL However, most of those dangly toys are terribly dangerous. Me almost hung me’s self when me was just about 5 weeks old. Yep, that great little perch mommy sits in front of the door for us had a “mouse on a string” hanging down from the top ledge. Me would swat at it and pull at it and pull it up with me’s mouth. One day, me turned and turned and turned with it in me’s mouth till the elastic string had gotten wrapped around me’s tiny neck and pulled me off the perch. There me was dangling by the neck. Mommy was horrified and terrified and…obviously, she came to me’s rescue or me wouldn’t be here to tell you about it today. But, she did learn a lesson, Never leave dangly things, attached by string or elastic, to our toys or furniture.

 

Raena pokes her head through the hole of the Kong incline scratcher

Yep, mommy’ll be removin’ that dangly befur lettin’ us play

with this unattended.

 

 

 

     Hanging isn’t the only danger. If swallowed, strings can wreak havoc in our intestines. Because of the barbs on a cat’s tongue, we can’t actually push things out of our mouths very well. The more we struggle to spit out the string, the further in our mouths it goes. That brings me to the next set of toys that pose a danger to us. A lot of those cute little mice furries have tiny beads for eyes. The plastic ones often have a plastic push bead for a nose. While they might make the mousey look more like a mousey, they’re terribly dangerous and are often removed within the first few minutes of play. Y, Some of us kitties go so far as to remove the fur altogether and begin to eat the plastic mousey. Me’s never really seen a real mousey, so how’s me supposed to know the difference in taste of a real mouse or a plastic one? Apparently tho’, the plastic mousey is far more dangerous than the real thing. Chewed up plastic has sharp edges that can tear or cut our intestines.

 

Raena poses for the camera

Do mouseys have eyes?

 

 

 

     We highly recommend removing all dangle toys from cat furniture by cutting the string or elastic closest to the area of attachment. We recommend removing all glued on pieces like eyes, noses, tails, etc. from kitty/doggy toys. Some woofies are really hard on their toys. We recommend throwing out any plastic toys that appear chewed, before kitty/woofy can eat/swallow them. If a stuffed toy is ripped, throw out any stuffing before it can be consumed. Mommy says when giving kitty/doggy a new toy, it’s a good idea to watch how it’s played with before allowing unattended play. Wand toys are a favorite of most kitties. We love it when our human plays with us. However, when you can’t be around, put the wands away or out of our reach. Anything listed as “interactive” means it requires supervision to be safe.

 

 

Raena carries a Christmas toy from Cat and Lisa

Thankfully these eyes were painted on, so mousey got to keep his eyes.

He lost his ribbon right after this foto shoot tho’. Sometimes, mommy’s no fun at all.

 

 

 

Wrap Up:

     We know we’ve presented a lot of information over the last few weeks, but believe it or not, we only hit the highlights. Our last thought about kitties and the outdoors is that kitty should never be outside alone. We highly recommend harness and leash training. Just remember when introducing a new kitty/woofy into your home for the first time, don’t assume because your last kitty/woofy knew better the new one will. If this is your first kitty or woofy, thank you for saving a life, now take the precautions to kitten/cat proof your home so that you can both enjoy a long and happy life together. Take a look around your house, yard, garage and general living area, if you think it might be dangerous, remove it or take steps to make it safe. Lastly, Train your new kitty/woofy with some basic manners and you’ll both be happier for it. You can read Training Tips for appropriate Scratching and other behavioral challenges by clicking the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. And don’t forget to leave your questions in the comments section below or send us an email at: lexi.dezi@yahoo.com or via our Contact page. 

 

Dezi poses for the camera while playing with the Cat Dancer

Wand toys are me’s favorites.

 

 

 

We’re joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday. What would you like to read about next here on Service Cat Furiday? Does your kitty do somethin’ or have a weird habit that you wonder ‘bout? We wanna hear from you, purrlease leave us a comment and we’ll see you next week fur another foray into the magical world of Feline Behavior. 

 

Till the next time…………………………………………….Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle           

Blest Sunday: Fearless And Mighty Blessings

MeOW  C’mon Raena, it’s Blest Sunday. Time to count our many Blessings fur the week. In spite of all the boom, boom, booms of fireworks, no kitty spent any time UTB (under the bed) here. We quite surpurrised mommy. Me thinks there were a couple of times when she was actually holdin’ her breath and tryin’ to purrtend she didn’t hear anythin’ so we’d ignore it too. Our town put on their little big fireworks extravaganza last night. The boomers seemed to go on furever, but we just ignored them and chilled with mommy.

 

Blest Sunday purple kitty clip art graphic

 

          Yep sissy, mommy was quite purrleased with us. I’s even caught her smilin’ once when she thought we weren’t lookin’. I’s don’t know why she was surpurrised tho’, nuffin’ scares me. 

 

Dezi lays on the arm of the chair, selfie

 

 

 

Oh yeah, the big bad brave RaenaBelle, conqueror of all in her teeny big world. Hmmmmmpht  Some times you can be a real show off. There’s nuffin’ wrong with bein’ scared now and then. Fear can be a good thing. Ya’ know, like bein’ ‘fraid of mommy’s jet ski sized feet steppin’ on your tail or her’s jumbo hiney splattin’ ya’ when she falls. Bein’ ‘fraid means you know when to get outta the way. 

 

          Why would ya’ be ‘fraid of mommy, sissy? She’d never hurt us. 

 

‘Course not Raena, least not on purr-puss. But, sometimes she doesn’t watch where she’s steppin’, and you know she doesn’t have any control over where she lands when she falls. A little fear never hurt any kitty.

 

Raena lays on the scratcher and looks up

 

 

 

          Whatever sissy, I’s purrfur mine’s way better. I’s trust mommy no matter what. 

 

Well Raena, that’s why you got your tail stepped on the other day.

 

Raena lays on cat scratcher

 

 

 

          To be honest sissy, it wasn’t actually mine’s tail she stepped on. She only caught a few strands of the tippy end of mine’s tail furs. Besides, she cried and ‘pawlogized and gave me lots of extra luvvin’ afterwards. We would have even got some treats but you know we’re not eatin’ ‘em cuz she bought out the store. What kitty wants cheap treats when there’s purrlenty in the house? Anyways, we’re s’posed to be countin’ our Blessings. I’s meow our furst Blessing is that we have a pawsum luvvin’ furever home. This past week it’s been hotter than a fryin’ pan, stormed and raged and been full of silly humans pawppin’ those fireworks; and we didn’t have a care in the world. We were inside with the cool a/c loungin’ ‘bout and enjoyin’ the good life. 

 

Dezi sniffs floor while playing with the yeowww nip heart

 

 

 

Ain’t that the truth Raena. And fanks to awnty Vonda, we had a bar-b-que sammich, smashed taters with cheese and a watermelon fur our celebration.

 

          Oh sissy, that bar-b-que sammich was so tasty. I’s fanky fankful mommy shared, but I’s could’a ate a whole sammich mine’s self. I’s didn’t have any of the taters, but I’s do luvs me some cheese. And, that was mine’s furst ever watermelon. It was really purretty yummy too. Who’d’ve thought we kitties would like such a thing? 

 

Watermelon clip art

 

Yep Raena, watermelons are purretty tasty, but me sure does have to pee a lot after eatin’ ‘em. Mommy says they’re one of her favorite foods. We used to have ‘em every summer when me was a kitten. Anyways, we had a great celebration. Me hopes all our furiends did too. We were reminiscin’ this past week ‘bout our lives befur we got a catputer and innernet. We are so Blest to have met so many amazin’ peeps and anipals, and we never wanna go back to the way things were befur.

 

          We sure don’t sissy. I’s wasn’t even alive in those days. But, I’s can’t ‘magine what mine’s life would be like without all our furiends, and I’s don’t even wanna try. 

 

Me neither Raena, me neither. Hey, did you see where mommy read that story ‘bout coffee?

 

          You mean the one that said peeps who drink coffee appear to live up to 5 years longer than peeps who don’t drink coffee? Yep sissy, I’s saw that. I’s guess we might oughtta let her enjoy a cup ever once in a while, huh?.

 

Uh, Maybe you oughtta heed your own meows Raena. After all, it wasn’t me inneruptin’ her the last couple of meownings. Me was purrfectly happy to let her finish a cup while it was still hot. 

 

          Well sissy, ifin you had used the litter box ‘stead of the piddle pad, I’s wouldn’t have had to ask her to clean it up right away. Anyways, she made another cup, so technically she got to finish her coffee. Let’s wrap this up, I’s wanna play.

 

Dezi looks at camera while sitting on cat scratcher

 

 

 

‘Course you do Raena. Don’t you ever get tired? (Raena grabs a nip filled mouse and runs through the house chortlin’ and chirpin’.) Guess that answers that one. We’d like to fank you all fur bein’ our furiends. We luv you all very much. We’d also like to remind everypawdy to take a minute today and every day to give Thanks fur the Blessings in your life. 

 

Raena looks back while standing on the liberty cat tree

 

 

 

 

          (Raena runs to the living room and stops briefly)  Don’t furget, we’re linkin’ up with the Kitties Blue fur Sunday Selfies.  

 

Till the next time…………………………………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue 

Raena: Navy Blue

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

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