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post #1 of 28
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I live in Riverside, California, and for the past week, we've had smoldering hot temperatures in the 100's. I live in a two story home with 4 dogs, and 3 cats. It's very hard to keep this house cool because of the multiple stories. Even with the AC running all day the house is always in the 90 degree range. This Is an easy fix for dogs, I just take them out front and hose them down to keep them cool. My cats, however, are suffering from this weather. Fearful of heat exhaustion, I have been "wetting" them down too with spray bottles. It seems to help a little, but there has to be something more I can do. This heat is unbearable. Any ideas? Please help us.

Nikki
post #2 of 28
Can you get a fan with a cover and put ice in it? I saw it online and am thinking of trying it. I am glad I live on the bottom here because the heat.
post #3 of 28
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Can you get a fan with a cover and put ice in it? I saw it online and am thinking of trying it. I am glad I live on the bottom here because the heat.
haha yeah, that's actually a great idea for like..80 degree weather, but i've been having to put new ice cubes in all the water bowls every 10 minutes. ice melts so fast in this weather. there is no escape to this heat.
post #4 of 28
I know what you mean. My A/C broke last Summer when it was 108 and over. Dont you hate this heat? tomorrow it will be 105 here. Its over 100 right now. I do not have any other ideas for you.
post #5 of 28
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I know what you mean. My A/C broke last Summer when it was 108 and over. Dont you hate this heat? tomorrow it will be 105 here. Its over 100 right now. I do not have any other ideas for you.
I know. It was 105 yesterday. Today it's 103. I so hate spraying my cats down, because they hiss and run away from me, but there is literally no other way to cool them down. I have them all gathered up in the coolest room in the house, and it's causing tension, but I need to keep an eye on them because my older cat is panting a lot. I hope nothing bad happens to them this summer. It is so hot.
post #6 of 28
How old is the Cat? I took Coco to the Vet because she was panting from the heat years ago. I had to keep water on her non stop and was scared. Then my other Cats started panting. I put Fans on all of them on high. What are the lows there? They say ours will be 72.
post #7 of 28
Just my 2 cents worth...our temps are not as hot as your's...and right now it's only 59F...do you feel cooler??

When it does get hot here...the humidity comes with it.....my cats seem to want to stretch out on the floor and just stay still. Cats do come from the desert and heat isn't such a big deal to them. Perhaps having a fan blowing somewhere..not directly on them..would help. Do you have ceiling fans? My cats will lay below them..in the kitchen....

Cats seem to tolerate the heat better than dogs....a cat's body temperature is warmer than our's as well. Keeping lots of water around is a good idea....Do they enjoy being squirted by a water bottle....some cats like it.

Cats do perspire through the pads on their feet. Perhaps rubbing them with a cold washcloth would help them to feel cooler.

Honestly....I think as long as there is ventilation and a cool floor to lay on and they are not being made to move....I wouldn't get too concerned about their heat issues. Keep a watch on them to make sure they are responsive and I think they will be fine.

You can try to send some of that heat up to us...we'll appreciate it!!
post #8 of 28
You can have some of the heat.
Tomorrow: Mainly sunny. Very hot. High near 105F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Tomorrow night: Clear skies. Warm. Low 72F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday: A mainly sunny sky. Very hot. High around 100F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday: Sunshine. Highs 98 to 102F and lows in the upper 60s.
post #9 of 28
That's hot!!!!
post #10 of 28
Are you relying on window units or central? If window, they're not the most efficient, if central it may be too small for your house or you need someone to come check things out.

It gets that hot here (and hotter) but we have central thankfully.
Make sure there is plenty of cool water available - add some ice cubes to their bowls. You can wet the cats down a little with damp wash cloth - make sure to wipe a little water on their ears to dampen them (outer part of the ear itself). This can help cool them down a little.

Edit: Just wanted to add. Heat is very very dangerous. Don't just worry about your pets, if you (and your family) can't sufficiently cool down you can end up very sick. Please make sure everyone drinks plenty of fluids.
post #11 of 28
I hope you have Central Air like us. My Sister has the window A/C and its still 90-95 in her place.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by thenbxmas View Post
I live in Riverside, California, and for the past week, we've had smoldering hot temperatures in the 100's. I live in a two story home with 4 dogs, and 3 cats. It's very hard to keep this house cool because of the multiple stories. Even with the AC running all day the house is always in the 90 degree range. This Is an easy fix for dogs, I just take them out front and hose them down to keep them cool. My cats, however, are suffering from this weather. Fearful of heat exhaustion, I have been "wetting" them down too with spray bottles. It seems to help a little, but there has to be something more I can do. This heat is unbearable. Any ideas? Please help us.

Nikki
What about using a dehumidifier or two?
post #13 of 28
It has been in the sixties here all week. I do not envy you Californians.

Good luck with your kitties.
post #14 of 28
Take some frozen water bottles wrapped in a towel (single layer). Put these in places your cats can lean against. The towel just absorbs the moisture as the water melts and keeps the cats dry, but they can feel the coolness from the frozen water.
post #15 of 28
We have those temps every year, though we've only hit 100 once so far this year do to the rain cooling us down.

Don't worry about keeping the upper floors cool. Heat rises. Keep everone downstairs.
Keep the drapes/curtains/blinds closed on the south and east side of the house.
We've done the coke bottles filled with water for the animals to cuddle up to. Some people put the marble cutting boards into the freezer and then let the cats use them.
I have an Arctic Ice machine - it runs cool/cold water through a pad. It has a small ice chest that you fill with ice and water. There is a temperature control on it. I lay a towel over it and the furries can lay on it.
Ceiling fans - make sure it is turned to pull the air up. Circulating air will cool you down.
Turn the fan on the AC to ON, it will keep the air moving.
Make playtime either eary mornings or late evenings when it is cooler.

Good luck.
post #16 of 28
if at all possible, get central air! I grew up without, and it was hot hot hot. The water bottle idea is good, but previous pets I've had didn't like them. If you're home much, try to keep the shower bottom wet, and maybe teach kitties to walk in it.
post #17 of 28
It's really hot in Riverside! I live in Orange County, California and it was about 85. If I open the windows we get an ocean breeze all summer. Maybe put the cats in one room with the a/c on. I have a small house with central air and if I close the bedroom doors it keeps the rooms cold. My aunt has a portable a/c in one room of her house and it really keeps the room chilly on hot days. She and her pets just hang out in her cold room all summer while the rest of her house is hot. I hope you find a solution.
post #18 of 28
I'm glad you guys brought this topic up. I live in the top floor of an apartment building and it is sweltering here! Today was 88 degrees outside, which was tolerable, but I think it's ridiculous that my apartment is also that hot. I feel that I can't leave my cats alone because I'm afraid they'll die. I've had to cancel appointments, etc. to stay here with them. My landlord won't do anything about it and refuses to pay for air conditioning. We can only use fans but they just circulate hot air. I feel so horrible for my cats; they sit sprawled out on the carpet and they are miserable
post #19 of 28
When I lived in the Bay Area we were in the top apartment and it had no A/C either. My Meeko had heat stroke with Anemia and almost died because my Dads House has no A/C either. Most places over there do not have A/C. When we moved here we asked for the bottom apartment.
post #20 of 28
What are symptoms of heat stroke in a cat? Also, what temperature can cats endure before developing problems?
post #21 of 28
I am not sure what the temp was inside when Meeko got sick but it was in the 80's outside. Her Sister died. They were 3 months at the time.

http://www.cat-world.com.au/HeatStrokeInCats.htm
http://cats.about.com/cs/catmanageme...eatstroke.htma
Coco panted at my old place and I took her to the vet and put a fan on her and she was ok.
What is your Cat doing?
post #22 of 28
Get a small window unit and put in a smaller room window where the cats can be. I do not have AC but I live in Oregon and it is 69. The high will be 72 today. The bottom floors of my home are cooler and the basement is absolutely chilly. Keep the blinds down.
post #23 of 28
I live in a travel trailer, in the Mojave.
All week it has been 118+ here.
I have a single roof unit AC, however, it cannot keep up.
I keep all of my windows covered, it's dark in here.

Temps in my trailer are routinely around 100 during the day.
The cats, aside from getting lazy, are doing just fine, they spread out, lie on linoleum, or on the counter, or in front of a fan.
I have not seen any of them panting, not even the old longhair girl.

I do not think I would worry too much about temps in the home being in the 90s as long as there is adequate air movement, and plenty of fresh water.
Cats, afterall, are descended from desert dwellers.

The dog is the only one that needs to be hosed off on a regular basis.

If your cats overheat, you can reduce their body temp quickly by wetting their paw pads and the insides of their ears with rubbing alcohol.
post #24 of 28
Arlun, is ther anyway to put something above the AC unit for shade? Think table-like, and not closer than 18 inches to the unit so it still pulls in the air. Our AC units are always in the afternoon shade (north side of the house) and it helps them work better.
post #25 of 28
Unfortunately, according to my step-dad, the RV guru, no.

We are, however, getting ready to wrap my roof and one side of the trailer in reflective foam in preperation for a second (window) AC.
The bad part of that is that I can only use 1 AC at a time as I only have 30 AMPS total, and I have to be able to run my fans, and refridgerators as well as AC.
The good part is that I can alternate them as they freeze up, so there will always be one pushing cool air.

As I said though, yes, it's hot inside, I don't like it, but the cats don't seem too bothered.
It starts cooling off around 6pm and the AC catches up shortly thereafter.
I'd say the trailer spends maybe 8 hours a day over 80 inside.
post #26 of 28
It must depend on the Cats. Its 90 here already and it isnt even 10 yet.
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by mews2much View Post
I am not sure what the temp was inside when Meeko got sick but it was in the 80's outside. Her Sister died. They were 3 months at the time.

http://www.cat-world.com.au/HeatStrokeInCats.htm
http://cats.about.com/cs/catmanageme...eatstroke.htma
Coco panted at my old place and I took her to the vet and put a fan on her and she was ok.
What is your Cat doing?
I'm sorry to hear that your kitties passed away in the heat My cats are not showing any symptoms other than lethargy. They seem to eat less too in this heat. I haven't seen them pant or anything. They just sit sprawled out on the floor and sleep. My apartment can range from 85 to 90 degrees during these heat waves. I try to rub a wet towel on them but they flip out!
post #28 of 28
It's tough. It's been 111-113 for several days straight and more of the same to come. Our air conditioners are really efficient but the back of the house where the family room, living room etc are faces west so it is still hot in the afternoon and evening. It helps to keep the window coverings closed. Ceiling fans also help a lot. If you don't have ceiling fans than floor fans will also help. I like the slim tower type ones. My cats don't mess with them like they do the regular type. They will lay on the tile floor in front of the fans when they want to cool off. Also we try to avoid using the oven a lot when it is this hot as it just makes things worse.
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