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How To Keep Feral Cats Cool in The Summer: 5 Tips & Tricks

Written by: Jana Blagojevic

Last Updated on February 7, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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How To Keep Feral Cats Cool in The Summer: 5 Tips & Tricks

During the extreme summer heat, stray and feral cats suffer greatly to find appropriate shelter and a fresh water source. Many animals suffer from heat exhaustion and even die of heat stroke during the hottest summer days, so when we go out of our way to make minor changes, we can help save dozens of lives.

There are many ways we can ensure the local stray and feral cats stay safe during summer, so make sure to read some of the most valuable tips below.

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The 5 Tips to Keep Feral Cats Cool in the Summer

1. Provide Fresh Water Twice a Day

The best way you can help feral and stray cats deal with summer heat is to provide a constant water source. During heat and drought, most stray animals fight to find a fresh water source, so putting out water twice daily can ensure many cats stay hydrated. In this case, the best water bowl to use is a deep and narrow one, which will slow the evaporation. Since water evaporates quickly in high heat, keep the bowl away from direct sunlight.

2. Leave Out Food Whenever You Can

Another excellent tip that can significantly improve life out on the streets for cats includes a reliable food source. Whenever you can, leave out food for feral and stray cats so that they don’t have to spend a whole day searching for something to eat. To make it easier, you can create a DIY feeding station in your neighborhood, where cats will remember to come by and find food occasionally. To make this even more effective, invite your friends and family to participate whenever possible and contribute to feeding your local furry friends.

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3. Create a Cool and Shady Spot

When the summer heat is unbearable, and all we want is to hide in our cool homes, imagine the feral and stray animals which don’t have a proper shelter. You can help your local feral cats in many ways, and the most significant help you can provide is a nice and shady spot to hide from the sunlight. Notice where the local feral cats hang out, and if it’s in direct sunlight, try covering it up and creating a canopy. Many stray animals suffer from heatstroke and having a small area to rest away from the sun makes an enormous difference.

4. Provide Help for Potential Heat Exhaustion

If you suspect a local feral cat may be suffering from heat exhaustion, you can ask a local vet for assistance.

There are several ways you can recognize heatstroke, and the signs include:
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Lethargy
  • Rapid breathing
  • Red tongue
  • Weakness

If you notice these symptoms, offer the cat fresh water and food. Provide immediate shelter from the sun, and if the symptoms persist, take the cat to the vet for emergency assistance.

feral cats eating at the park
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5. Make Emergency Temporary Shelters

If you want to help not one but dozens of local feral cats, there is an excellent and relatively easy solution. You can craft several emergency shelters and place them across the town with just a few basic materials. You can use a variety of materials to create these small shelters, which will be amazing for feral cats to hide during summer and winter. The most important part of this temporary and quick DIY shelter is adding appropriate lining by placing material inside of the box that will keep the shelter cool during summer and warm during winter.

Outer walls
  • Cardboard
  • Large boxes
  • Plastic containers
  • Wooden chests
Inner lining
  • Straw
  • Styrofoam
  • Old blankets
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Old towels

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Hopefully, you can go out and make the world a better place with these small steps. Sheltering local feral cats, and providing a fresh water source and some food can significantly improve their quality of life. Extensive improvements come when we make small changes and try to help at least one innocent animal survive through the scorching summer days.

Featured Image Credit: JancickaL, Pixabay

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