Keep Your Cat Safe in a Heat Wave

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1. Protect your cat when the temperature heats up!

The temperature is soaring, and it’s only going to get hotter. Make sure you know how to keep your cat safe in the summer heat. (Photo: Thinkstock)

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2. Watch out for heatstroke.

Symptoms include panting, lethargy, drooling, fever, vomiting and collapse. If you think your cat may have heatstroke, get the vet ASAP — the condition can cause permanent organ damage and death. Learn more about the signs of heatstroke in cats with our shareable infographic. (Photo: Thinkstock)

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3. Offer your cat several ways to cool off.

Leave a fan on in a place where your cat can sit in front of it, add some ice cubes to her water or offer her a cool treat (check out our recipe for catsicles.) (Photo: Thinkstock)

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4. Let your cat find cool spots in the house.

Your cat will seek out the cooler parts of your home, so make sure she has access to areas with tile floors or rooms that don’t get much sun. (Photo: Thinkstock)

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5. Play in the morning or evening.

Any exercise should take place during the cooler hours of the day. This is especially important for young kittens and seniors, both of whom are very vulnerable to heatstroke. (If your cat has just eaten, make sure you give her some time to digest before you begin playtime.) (Photo: Thinkstock)

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6. Brush your cat often.

A well-groomed, tangle-free coat will help keep your cat cool. (Learn more about grooming your cat.) (Photo: Thinkstock)

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7. Tell us!

How do you keep your cat cool?