Hi all,
At the moment, it's stinking hot here in Brisbane, and my poor cats aren't seeming to take it well.. They're about 3 years old now, and are longhaired kitties.. The heat hasn't bothered them much in the past, but then, this summer is a lot hotter than the last few..
I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to keep them cool? They're panting like puppies and it breaks my heart to see them do it :\ We've got fans on etc, and since I've never disciplined them with a spray bottle, I thought maybe spraying them with a very light mist of cold water might relieve them ever so slightly.. I'm replenishing their water a few times each day now, but they don't seem to be drinking a lot of it, which is alarming me the most..
So, does anyone have anything they do for their kitties when it's hot? TIA

Shellie >^.,.^<
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circa Sat, 21 Feb 2004 16:01:47 +1000, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Shellie (Email Removed) said,
Hi all, At the moment, it's stinking hot here in Brisbane, and my poor cats aren't seeming to take it ... which is alarming me the most.. So, does anyone have anything they do for their kitties when it's hot? TIA

I have dampened my cats' fur with a wet washcloth in the past and they've seemed good with that.
Laura

I am Dyslexia of Borg,
Your ass will be laminated.
Hi all, At the moment, it's stinking hot here in Brisbane, and my poor catsaren't seeming to take it well..

No air conditioning? Do what they used to do in the old days. Get big blocks of ice (takes longer to melt than little pieces) and position a fan so that it blows air over the ice. Instant air conditioning. If the cats were mine and truly suffering, if I could not have a window unit air conditioner in at least one room, I might shave them.
Hi all, At the moment, it's stinking hot here in Brisbane, and my poor cats aren't seeming to take it ... me the most.. So, does anyone have anything they do for their kitties when it's hot? TIA Shellie >[/nq]^.,.^<
Cool packs like you can get for injuries? You could wrap them in a sheet and put them in prime sleep spots.
Cool packs like you can get for injuries? You could wrap them in asheet and put them in prime sleep spots.

This is a GREAT idea!
I have dampened my cats' fur with a wet washcloth in the past and they've seemed good with that. Laura I am Dyslexia of Borg, Your ass will be laminated.

Thanks for the suggestion, Laura, but they didn't seem keen on this idea Emotion: big smile They're very fussy kitties. I'm sure they're just putting on this act so we get aircon installed Emotion: smile

Shellie >^.,.^<
No air conditioning? Do what they used to do in the old days. Get big blocks of ice (takes longer ... suffering, if I could not have a window unit air conditioner in at least one room, I might shave them.

We live in an old Queenslander house.. Pre-WWII type era.. It's only had minor renovations since then, so no creature comforts. Which is why we're living here - turning it into a great place to live Emotion: smile Also, summer in Brisbane hasn't been this hot for years.. Up until recently, air conditioning in houses here just wasn't necessary.. It's meant to be 'not too cold in winter, not too hot in summer', but that's quickly changing, unfortunately Emotion: smile
We're definately considering a reverse cycle aircon unit that we can stick in window, but this heat will be gone by tuesday at the latest Emotion: smile My boyfriend has been wanting to shave the cats for months, I think just for the amusement value, hehe. I'm more worried that they'll become a bit distressed if they're shaved.. My cats are very aware of their beauty, and I think they'd be very unimpressed with me if their 'gorgeous fur' went missing Emotion: wink I've been reading up on shaving cats, though, to see if anyone else has had problems with their cats experiencing anxiety after being trimmed (or to see if I'm just being a bit too overbearing.. Emotion: smile

Thanks for the suggestions, Mary

Shellie >^.,.^<
Cool packs like you can get for injuries? You could wrap them in a sheetand put them in prime sleep spots.

Thanks Karen, we did this today, although we only had one pack, but only one of the cats actually wanted to sit on it. At first it was just his paw, but then we saw he'd moved around and parked his behind and rear legs on it Emotion: smile I brought out a packet of frozen vegetables for the other cat, but he didn't seem that interested in it.. I've noticed them drinking more water today, so I'm a lot less stressed about them.

Shellie >^.,.^<
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Well, veggies are probably a little lumpier Emotion: smile Glad one of them liked it.

Karen
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