Summers can be scorchers here in Texas, and it’s looking like this year may be a particularly hot one. As the weather heats up, it’s important to take steps to keep your feline friend cool. Kitties can overheat very quickly in hot weather. They also have a hard time cooling off: they only sweat through their paw pads, and panting isn’t as effective for them as it is for dogs. One thing you can do to help your furball beat the heat is offer her some cool snacks. A local San Antonio, TX vet lists some options for this below.
Kitty Ice Cream
Our favorite summer snack has gone to the cats! Fluffy now has her very own ice cream. Ben And Jerry’s and The Pet Winery both make ice cream made just for kitties. There’s also a line of popsicles for cats. You can also make your own. Combine canned tuna or boneless salmon with water in a blender, and then pour it into a mini ice cube mold. Just don’t give your furry friend any ice cream made for people: that would be way too much fat and sugar for her. Plus, most kitties are lactose-intolerant. Ask your vet for more information.
If you want a simpler option, you can try keeping Fluffy’s canned food in the fridge. She may prefer her dinner cold on a sweltering day! Your furry pal may also enjoy some shredded deli meat, such as roast beef, turkey or chicken.
Sodium-free beef, fish, or chicken broth can also make a good summer snack for your feline bff. Pour some into a mini-ice cube tray, and freeze overnight. Offer Fluffy one or two when it gets really hot out.
Speaking of ice cubes, offer Fluffy one on hot days. She may lick it, or she may just decide to bat it around the floor. Ice ‘pawkey’ will still help cool her off, as the cold against her paws may feel nice on sweltering days. You can also try dropping a few ice cubes into your kitty’s water dish.
Another option is to make your feline buddy her own version of a slushie or sno-cone. Dribble tuna juice over shaved ice, or mix ice cubes with canned cat food in a blender.
Do you need to make an appointment for your kitty? Contact us, your local San Antonio, TX pet hospital, anytime.