Summer Weather Tips

Summer can be a dangerous season for community cats. Here are some suggestions to keep your community cat healthy and happy.

Food and water are especially important during the summer months.

  • Provide fresh water at all times.
  • Place food & water bowls in a cooler area.
  • Put ice cubes in the water to keep it cooler for longer.
  • Add a little water to dry food on extremely hot days. This will keep the food from drying out and provides extra water for the cats.
  • Remove food after 45-60 minutes (30 minutes if the cat comes immediately to eat). Food will not keep as well when the weather is hot.

Summertime insects and bugs

  • Elevate food so that it is less accessible to insects but still comfortable for cats to eat.
  • Place food dish in a slightly larger bowl filled with an inch of water to keep insects away.
  • Cut back on the amount of canned food, as insects are more attracted to it.
  • Place a ring of baking soda around the dish.

Don’t leave a cat in a shed, garage or car

  • Sheds, garages and cars become very hot very quickly.
  • Leaving a cat where there is no ventilation can cause heat stroke or death.
  • Remember, if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for the cat.