Our cat seems to feel the heat of the afternoon too....
September 23, 2012 12:54am CST
It is really a hot afternoon today. It seems that our cat named Garfield feels the heat of the weather today. He looks sleepy yet looks irritated. He is walking and walking around the kitchen and in the living room as if wondering sometimes. Then he will lay and walk again. I think he is finding a place where he can sleep and where is not freaking hot. By now, he was lying and hoping to sleep in front of our desk fan in the living room. I think he feels more comfortable now and will get to sleep later on.
• United States
26 Sep 12
Don't be surprised if you find Garfield in the sink or the bath tub. I had a cat that would curl up in those areas when it got so hot. My cats don't react to the heat so much and they can be found on anyplace soft, like the stack of my teddy bears that are waiting to be stuffed (I keep a towel over the box of them to keep the cat hair out of the box). I have one outside cat that sleeps under the house when it is so hot, the basement type area is really cool and temperature controlled. I store containers of furs under the house for that reason. Of course Garfield will look irritated as cats spend two thirds of their lives napping, so his sleep is being interrupted by being so uncomfortable in the heat. During the heat wave if Garfield sleeps in front of the fan, then keep it going. It's far better for his health to have him comfortable. Also make sure that you change his water often (I change my cat's water three to four times a day, making sure that the water is nice and cool...I live in an area that gets to 110 degrees and more during the summer into the fall.) If it is really hot I will add ice cubes to help keep the water cool. Cats water intake increases enormously during the summer because they don't sweat and they need to take in water to help regulate their temperature. DON'T wet down your cat! A lot of people think this is an answer for the cat's heat problems. You can make your cat seriously ill if you decide to soak them with cool or cold water. Their systems can't take the shock. If Garfield is anything like one of the dogs we had, he will hog the fan (or air conditioner) We had a dog that blew several fuses because he laid up against the air conditioner in our motor home. We all cooked in the 115 degree heat but the dog was comfortable! Hug Garfield for me! I wish I could do something to make him comfortable, but there really isn't too much a person can do for their cat in hot weather.
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27 Sep 12
Cats must feel the heat, they cannot remove their fur coats. I wonder if Garfield is a long haired cat. I have two, one long haired and one short. The long haired one feels the heat and sleeps on her back stretched out fully. It is a sight to behold. She often sleeps stretched out along the wall in the living room, I think it must be a cool spot. The other cat sleeps curled up and I thought all cats did that until I got Lucy my longhaired friend. She also likes the fan, but not too much of it as it ruffles her fur.
• United States
25 Sep 12
It is definitely the truth that our furry friends feel the effects of very hot weather just as much as we do, if not more because of the fact that they are wearing their fur coat all year long. During the very hot summer that we've just gotten through here, I know that my dogs and cats were suffering from the heat. They spent a lot of time just laying around and they also were drinking a whole lot more than they would have been drinking if it had not been so hot.