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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Increased heart and respiratory rate,
Elevated Temperatures over 104°F (ASPCA.org).
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.
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.
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.
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
Hey everypawdy, it’s me, RaenaBelle. It’s gonna be one of those days. Mommy’s not yet finished her furst cup of coffee and she’s already yellin’ at her new smarty pants fone. I’s not sure who Okay Google is, but accordin’ to mommy she’s a bossy idiot.
RaenaBelle!!! Me thinks you’re usin’ the idiot word too much these days. It’s just not nice.
But sissy, that’s what mommy said. She told her she didn’t wanna go that way to the dentist this time, she wanted to go thru Ardmore. And all that Okay Google could say is “hmmmmm I don’t know how to help you with that.” Mommy’s been screamin’ at her to quit redirectin’ the directions to the quickest route. Ya’ know, mommy wants to take a safer route today, but she needs that silly fone fur directions. (Raena shakes her head)
Well Raena, ya’ know mommy’s eyes aren’t what they used to be and it’s hard fur her to see the writin’ on the maps. Me knows she was lookin’ at the atlas last night and mumblin’ ‘bout the tiny purrint and gettin’ old.
Well sissy, sounds like we need to learn how to read a map so we can give mommy directions.
Sure Raena, me will put that right up there with make mommy a cup of coffee. We kitties can’t read the map any more than mommy can. Besides, me heard mommy say that she’d just go to Ardmore and then ask the silly smarty pants fone fur directions.
Sounds like mommy’s outsmarted the smarty pants fone to me, sissy. I’s knew our mommy was smart. Meowin’ of dentists, fanky fankfully, we got our money back from Aspen Dental over the weekend so mommy can pay the new dentist today. I’s so glad we don’t have to deal with those peeps anymore.
Me too Raena. Mommy used to get so stressed befur her ‘pointments that she almost made herself sick. Meowin’ of ‘pointments, did you see the card me got from the V-E-T? They actually wanted me to tell mommy to call them to schedule a ‘pointment fur them to stab and manhandle me. Hmmmpht Like that’s gonna happen. What self respectin’ kitty in their right mind would willingly tell their human to take them to the V-E-T? Not this one me tells ya’. Nope, no way.
What are you lookin’ at? Don’t you be gettin’ any
ideas ’bout pokin’ me with that.
Well, good luck with that one sissy; I’s think mommy already saw the card. Besides, why would you think you could get outta goin’ when I’s had to go the day befur mine’s Gotchaday?
But Raena, you didn’t get poked and jabbed on your visit. They wanna do all kinds of unmeowable things to me. It’s just not fair, me tells ya’, not fair at all. Every year they think they oughtta jab me with their huge needles.
I’s feelin’ all better mommy, let’s go home.
Every year sissy? Does that mean I’s gonna have to go back too? They already tried to kill me the other day. I’s know they’re plannin’ and plottin’ mine’s demise. The kitties in the waitin’ room when we left told me so. Their names were Thelma and Louise. I’s told ‘em to run fur their lives when their carrier doors opened. I’s told ‘em not to stop fur the bonito flakes we left on the table. I’s sure hope they got out okay. They reminded me of your pawsum sis Lexi. They were big ol black tabby kitty girls…and I’s do mean big.
Really Raena? Me hopes they got away too. Ya’ know, we oughtta check fur some new hidin’ spots so mommy won’t be able to find us to take us to the ol stabby place. Me saw you watchin’ mommy drag stuffs outta the furbidden room (closet), did she make enuff room fur us to get in and hide?
It sure looks like fun in there mommy. Where’d you get all that stuffs?
I’s don’t think so sissy. Who knew mommy had that many clothes?. I’s never seen her wear any of ‘em befur?.
Yeah Raena, it’s been a while. Those are mommy’s dressy clothes that she only wears fur special occasions. She hasn’t had much cause to wear ‘em in quite some time. Me does ‘member a time when she’d shimmy and shake into somethin’ called panty hose and shapers and then pull out somethin’ really nice from the furbidden room. Since we go to church at home now, mommy says she doesn’t need to wear the hose and shapers anymore. Truth be told, me doesn’t think they’d fit. MOL
Ooooh Sissy, you better not let mommy hear you meow that. I’s think that might hurt her feelings.
Sometimes the truth hurts, Raena. You know mommy says we should always tell the truth, even ifin it’s not necessarily nice.
Uh, Mommy also says ifin ya’ can’t say somethin’ nice then don’t say anythin’ at all. I’s purretty sure implyin’ mommy’s fat would fall unner that category.
Fat? Me didn’t call mommy fat, you did and me’s tellin’. MOL You’re in trouble now. (Dezi runs to mommy laughing all the way)
(Raena runs after Dezi meowing) Wait!!! Sissy, I’s didn’t call mommy fat, you did. I’s can run faster than you. Besides, I’s the baby, who do you think mommy’s gonna believe? I’s gotta hurry and finish mine’s brekky so we can get ready to go to Tishomingo today. Fanky fankfully, it’s not s’posed to storm today. Maybe we can stop fur some special treats. Ifin you don’t tell mommy, I’s’ll bring you somethin’ back?.
Till the next time…………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses