Helping Your New Kitten Deal With Summer
In most of the America, it is incredibly hot right now. Those without air may notice their new kitten panting or refusing to move from cool areas such as the bathroom or basements. And those who allow their new kitten to roam outside may have noticed the fur ball staying in shaded areas or even in crawl spaces. If you’re hot, think about how your new kitten feels with a fur coat!
When the temperatures are hot outside, like they are now, it’s important to pay attention to the behavior of your new kitten. Felines can suffer from dehydration and heat stroke.
Some signs to watch out for:
- -Anxiety. Anxious cats may pace or cannot seem to get comfortable.
- -Respiratory distress or hyperventilation )
- -Dark red gums
- -Increased internal body temperature. Cat’s temperature is between 100.5° and 101.5° F. Anything above 104° is a cause for worry.
- -Increased heartbeat
When the heat is smelting, there are some things you can do to ease your new kitten’s discomfort:
- -Point a fan at their favorite laying spot.
- -Spray them with cool water. Sure, your new kitten may give you ugly looks but it’s for their own good. They’d understand if they knew you were trying to help!
- -Coax them to the basement with treats.
- -Feed your new kitten wet food rather than dry. Wet food has more water in it and will help your feline friend stay hydrated.
- -Put ice cubes in their water.
- -Brush your new kitten regularly to decrease excess fur.
How are you and your new kitten dealing with the high temperatures? Tell us in comments!