How to keep your cats cool this summer

Davies Veterinary Specialists

Client Care, Pet Owners

11th August 2022

Looking after our pets in extreme heat is vital to their health and wellbeing. They are unable to tell us what they need so we need to ensure we are looking after them and putting cooling procedures in place to help them when needed.

Did you know cats only sweat through their paws? This could explain why you may see damp paw prints during hot months.

We’ve spoken to our Davies specialists and here are their top tips on how to keep your cat cool this summer. Download our infographic here


Make sure your cat always has access to fresh cool water. In extreme heat why not place a few bowls around the house and garden in their favourite spots to ensure they remain hydrated.

Provide shade

If your cat enjoys spending the majority of their day in your garden, make sure they have enough access to shade to keep them cool. If your cat insists on lying in the sun, make sure you check on them regularly.

Ice treats

Did you know you can give your cat ice treats or ice cubes? You freeze some of their favourite foods with a bit of water. Your cat may end up playing with this which is great mental stimulation for them on days you need to keep them inside due to extreme heat.

Cooling mats

Cooling mats or ice packs wrapped in a towel is a great technique for keeping your cat cool. You can place these in your cats’ favourite spot allowing them to relax and cool down.


Excess fur can trap heat your cat doesn’t need during the summer months. During heat waves you can help keep your cat cool by grooming them regularly to help remove any excess fur.

Signs your cat is suffering from heat stroke:

If your cat is exposed to hot weather, it could show signs of heat stroke. The most common symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Excessive drooling
  • Being unsteady
  • Vomiting
  • Increased heart or pulse rate
  • Collapsing
  • Abnormal vocalisation

Some cats who are at higher risk of heat stroke:

  • Flat faced
  • Brachycephalic
  • Thick fur
  • Overweight

Pale-coloured cats can also get sunburned and are at a higher risk of developing certain types of skin cancer. If possible, cats with pale ears should stay out of the sun. Where this is not possible, sun cream can be applied to the ear tips (try to ensure cats do not lick this off).

If you think your cat is suffering from heat stroke, contact your vet immediately.

Download our infographic here

For more tips on how to keep dogs cool this summer click here

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