How to keep your cat cool in summer

How to keep your cat cool in summer
Summer brings with it warmer days and longer evenings, which means more chances to get your cat out and about exploring. With this comes some risks however that it's worth bearing in-mind before you grab your cat's summer accessories and head out.

Preparing for summer adventures with your cat

We've put together this short guide to help you plan ahead for your summer catventures. Make sure to let us know in the comments any other tips or tricks you have for making next summer the best your cat's ever had!

What to look out for

Ticks and other pests - remove these with our easy to use, cat tick remover
Poisonous plants to cats (blog coming soon)
Heat-stroke (scroll down to find out more)

Cat safety in water 

In the heat it can be tempting to want to head straight for beaches, lakes or rivers to cool off in the fresh water. With this can come danger if your cat doesn't like swimming or hasn't ever tried it. 
Always be cautious around open water and never rush your pet into new experiences. To keep your cat safe around water we recommend keeping them on-leash at all times and where possible, have them wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid (read on to find more about our pet buoyancy aids). 

Keeping your cat cool on hikes

The best step you can take is to avoid the hottest parts of the day (midday usually) and aim for very early or late hikes. Take plenty of refreshments and water, such as cat friendly fruit (such as apples that are full off water) or liquid snacks (such as squeezy pouches), especially if your cat doesn't tend to eat or drink much whilst out. A stainless steel pet water bottle or collapsible cat bowls can be a great tool for cat hydration when on-the-go. If travelling with a cat backpack, a cooling matt, damp towls and a battery powered fan can be great accessories to go in the backpack for a cat. If possible, choose hikes with running water nearby.

Cat cooling products

We offer a range of products to help your cat combat the heat of summer, as some were mentioned above. Whether you need a cat water bottle that you know your cat will love to use to keep hydrated, a cat buoyancy aid so your water cat can set sail on the seas or take a splash if cat swimming is their thing or finally, a drying coat that can be soaked in water and wrapped around your cat for cooling. 

How to prevent heat-stroke in cats

Heatstroke occurs when the cat's temperature heat generation exceeds the cat's ability to loose heat, thus overheating and causing the cat's body to shut down through various injuries. 

This can be prevented by many of our tips listed above and avoid exercise on hot surfaces, ensure drinking water is always available and offered and know the signs to look out for. 

In summer, always be prepared to accept the heat might be okay for you, but it might not be for your cat. Always act accordingly and have your cat's health and wellbeing at the forefront of your mind. 
Happy, hydrated Travfurling!
The Travfurler Team 🐾

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