But this weather has been much too hot for even my sun-loving cats, and as it's likely to get even hotter next week, I'm pulling together some plans to keep them healthy and happy as the weather heats up.
For the outdoor cats, this means ensuring that they have shady, cool spaces to nap in. They're experts at finding shade, of course, but I've also started misting the grass in their favorite napping spots, so those spaces will be just a little humid and cool when the afternoon rolls around. I'm also on a three-time-per-day watering schedule, ensuring that these cats have icy cool water to sip on throughout the day.
Cooling mats (like this one: K&H Pet Products Cool Bed III Medium Blue 22" x 32") can also be a blessing for indoor pets, especially if you're lucky enough to have a basement. I keep my mat downstairs during the night, so the water inside the mattress picks up the cool from the air, and I bring that mat upstairs in the evenings for cool cat naps. My cats tend to sleep next to it, rather than on it, but it does seem to cool them.
I've been a little worried about cats like Cleopatra: One of the sweeties I've been working with at the Willamette Humane Society. But when I went in this week, the air conditioning in the shelter was working just fine, and all of the cats were resting comfortably. However, I'd bet these guys would love to rest in a home, not a shelter. Cleopatra (and many others) are adoptable, and the shelter is running a pretty nifty special on senior cats. If you have any space in your home on these hot days, these senior cats would appreciate your help, I'm sure.
****Update: Cleopatra has been adopted! But there are many others like her that still need you.****