Welcome to July's Meezer Musings! Here in Britain it feels as if we've gone straight from a cold wet winter right into a summer heatwave. This has meant some changes to our day-to-day living, as the windows are open at all times - no aircon here.
Because of this, Bandit has been confined to the kitchen area at night - it's cool there and has high windows he can't escape from.
He's not too happy about this arrangement, as he normally sleeps on our bed, and of course, being Siamese, has voiced his dissatisfaction rather loudly!
We feel though that it's more important to keep him safe, and all of us cool. Which leads me to ...
Cool for cats?
Keeping your cat cool and out of trouble in hot weather is important.
If you're in the Southern hemisphere, you'll be heading into winter now, but for those of us in the North, summer is starting to bring sweltering temperatures.
Cats enjoy warm weather and are fairly heat-tolerant but like any other warm-blooded pet, can suffer from heatstroke and dehydration when temperatures soar.
With that in mind, here are ten tips for keeping your cat cool, healthy and happy in the summer months.
Supply fresh, cold water. This is important at all times, but in hot weather water evaporates very quickly. Check bowls twice daily - clean them out and fill them up! Some cats like ice cubes added to their water - but some don't! If you decide to experiment, always provide a choice of iced and non-iced water.
Feed wet food. Some cats don't drink enough water, a problem in hot weather. If you usually feed dry foods, consider switching to wet meals, and adding water. Bandit loves licking the gravy off his food, and I've found that adding water to make extra gravy is a sneaky way of getting more fluid into him.
Provide shade and airflow. Indoors (and outdoors, if your cat's allowed out), make sure there's a cool, quiet shady area they can retreat to. Keep curtains closed or shades drawn when the sun's on the windows. Rooms with ceiling fans, to provide airflow, are helpful too.
Make 'cool spots'. Bandit loves lying on our cool, tiled kitchen floor when it's hot. Some cats choose to curl up in sinks, showers or baths, and laying wet towels down in these areas can help. You can create cool spaces by placing ice packs in cotton pillowcases in places where you cat likes to lie, or filling hot water bottles with ice cold water and placing them in cardboard boxes for your cat to find and use if they need to.
Avoid too much play. Exercise generates heat, so keep play to a minimum in hot weather.
Groom cats daily. In long-haired cats, matted fur can trap heat. Fur with no tangles will allow air to flow freely through the coat. Daily brushing for all cats removes excess fur, helping them keep cool.
Check outside buildings. Inspect sheds, greenhouses, and summerhouses before closing them up. Cats often creep in for shade, but will dehydrate very quickly in a hot enclosed space without water. (This is a subject very close to my heart - a friend lost her cat in exactly this way.)
Avoid parked cars. Never leave your cat in a parked car. On
trips to the vet or if you're taking your cat on holiday, make sure the
cat's in a secure cat carrier, use air-conditioning if you have it, open
the windows if you need to park, and stay with the cat to keep an eye on it.
Check for dehydration. Pinch the skin at the back of your cat's neck. It should spring back immediately. If it doesn't, chances are they're dehydrated. Dehydration can be serious - seek veterinary advice.
Watch for signs of heatstroke. Panting, drooling, vomiting, listlessness or lethargy, dilated pupils and a rapid heartbeat are all signs of heatstroke. If you notice any of these, take your cat to the vet immediately. You can help to cool your cat down on the way by sponging their heads and coats with cold, damp, towels.
More commonly known as Mr. Darcy, he loved everyone and everything, and amongst other things, enjoyed playing with ferrets and puppies!
This lovely memorial to her boy was sent in by Julie Howland, who must miss him dreadfully.
Siamese cat shows: dates for your diary
Below you'll find a selection of cat shows in Australia, the States and the UK - imminent shows are in blue. As always, if you're involved with a show that isn't listed here, please let me have the details and I'll be happy to include it.
Australia / New Zealand
22 September Siamese Cat Club of South Australia
All Breeds Championship Cat Show St. Paul's College 792 Grand Junction Road Gilles Plains Adelaide, South Australia
5 October (NSWCFA) Blue Point Siamese Society For more details contact: 9628 3077
27 October (NSWCFA) Siamese & Shorthair Cat Club For more details contact: 4872 2233
July 20th Balinese & Siamese Cat Club
Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College Ballantyne
Road, Farnborough Hampshire, GU14 8SS
August 31-September 1 National Siamese Cat Club
Sweden Recreation Center 4927 Lake Road South Brockport, NY 14420
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And finally ...
Wherever you may be, whether North or South, we hope you stay cool in the heat.
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