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Summer can be a fun time for us humans, but the harsh sun, humid weather and high temperatures can be unbearable for pets. Compared to dogs, who generally enjoy frolicking in water, keeping fussy cats cool can be difficult. Fortunately, there are several products that can help protect your feline friends from the worst effects of high temperatures. From freezable bowls to cooling pads, these eight products available on Amazon will keep your furry friends cool and comfortable without turning down your air conditioning or increasing your electric bill.
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1. A cooling cushion for your cat to lie on during the summer
If your cat does not like high heat, this pet cooling pad will be their favorite place to relax in the summer, literally. It uses a non-toxic gel to absorb your pet’s body heat and reduce their body temperature, and our tester said her cat frequently sits on it throughout the day. The mat comes in multiple sizes, and the best part is that it doesn’t need to be frozen or plugged in to work.
2. A babbling water fountain to promote good hydration
Hydration is essential to a cat’s health, and cats generally prefer to avoid standing water and drink from fresh water sources when available. Regular water bowls are fine, but a good quality water fountain will attract your furry friend and encourage him to drink more water and keep him cool.
This Veken pet fountain has nearly 60,000 reviews and a five-star rating on Amazon. The fountain is silent and has three different water jets and a triple filtration system.
3. A smart and secure cat flap
Although cats love to explore, it’s essential that they have the means to come indoors to escape the heat during the summer months. This PetSafe Microchip Cat Door will give your cat the freedom to get in and out of the house as it pleases while keeping out unwanted neighborhood cats looking for a free meal. The cat flap can be paired with your cat’s ID chip and will only open when it is in close proximity. It can also work in tandem with a separate collar if your cat doesn’t have a microchip.
4. Sunscreen specially designed for cats
Yes, believe it or not, cats, especially those with fair skin and hair, need sunscreen.
Humans aren’t the only ones who need to slather on FPS. Cats, especially those with lighter skin, are susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer. Before you take the sunscreen, be aware that all ordinary products containing zinc oxide and para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) are toxic to animals. Fortunately, there are sunscreen products made specifically for cats.
A dab of Sit. To stay. Foreversun organic sunscreen and moisturizer on a cat’s ears and nose may offer some protection against the sun’s harmful rays.
5. A small cat tent for stubborn felines
Let’s be honest, cats are stubborn, and if your kitty insists on staying outside on hot days, this small cat tent can provide some much-needed shade and protection from the sun. It’s also a great option if you have friendly feral cats living in your yard.
With this adorable pet tent, you can keep your cat cool or just get a truly memorable picture. The pint-sized tent will provide shade for your furry friends on hot days, and it comes with an easy-to-carry stuff sack so you can pack it up and keep moving. It is large enough to accommodate cats of most sizes.
6. A comfortable, refreshing and elevated cat bed
When the heat starts to creep into the house and even the air conditioner isn’t cutting it, a raised bed can help keep the cat cool. The slightly raised frame and mesh provide much needed air circulation and help keep your cat cool in hot weather.
This Junspow cat bed has over 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon, with happy owners purring positively at its sturdy construction and versatility.
7. Freezable bowl of water
Access to fresh water is the first step in heat management for cats, and this is especially true on hot days. Cats, like most humans, prefer cold water, so why not keep their water supply as cool as possible with a freezable water bowl? This bowl has a removable section that can supposedly keep water cool for hours once frozen.
If a freezable bowl isn’t for you, a stainless steel bowl can keep water colder longer than a plastic or ceramic option. The Coldest Water bowl is made of insulated stainless steel and should keep your cat’s favorite drink colder for longer.
8. This cat owner-approved brush
While it may not be the most high-tech option on this list, the simple act of grooming your cat can help regulate the temperature. Brushing pets with coats can help remove excess hair and insulation and can help keep them cool. Our reviewer had a lot of good things to say about the Safari Undercoat Rake and found it particularly effective in removing excess hair from her cat.
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