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If you’re too hot, how HOT are your pets with their fur coats?
Here are a few simple suggestions to help you keep your live-in animals safe during the present hot weather. Cut this out and stick it on your refrigerator door:

** Make sure your pets have a large supply of fresh, cool water available to them at all times. More than one dish of water is always a good idea so they will be easy to find when your pet gets thirsty. Remember — the sun moves — so please make sure the water dishes stay out of the sun all day.

** Your indoor and outdoor pets need to have cool places to get away from the sun and heat. You can hose down an area under the bushes so the dog will have a cool place to lie down. You can always give him/her a bath to clean off the mud later.

** Make sure the sun doesn’t shine on your bird cages or aquariums. Heat can kill caged birds because they don’t have a way to get away from it. And aquarium water lose oxygen when it gets warm … and your fish can suffocate.

** Rabbits and guinea pigs are VERY heat-sensitive. Put a frozen plastic 2-liter bottle of water in the cage to keep the animal cool. It can also still be too hot for rabbits or guinea pigs outside in some shaded areas, especially if there’s no breeze.

** Never — ever — leave pets or small kids alone in your car, even with windows down, even in the shade, even for a just a minute. It will kill them.

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
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Cooling tips for hot pets

Please tell your readers to be aware that their dogs may want to go out for a walk or a run in the late afternoon or even early evening when it appears to cool down, but note that the pavement is much hotter and stays hot long after the air above has cooled. It may be comfortable 5½ feet above the asphalt, but at the two foot level, where your dog is, it’s still scorching. Not to mention their pads can still get burned. Thanks for telling people. (kristine, cyberspace)

I keep a bowl of water in the bathtub, since that is always the coolest spot in the house, and make sure the water in all their bowls is changed frequently through the day.

One cat likes to nap in the top box of the cat tree and the other likes to nap on my bed. I put the cat tree just a little to one side of the ceiling fan and keep a small fan focused on the bed. They can lay there if they want or they can move away and come back as it suits them. One spends much of the hot days under the bed, where it is cooler.

Get them playing in the evening. It may be too hot to move much in the heat of the day, but they still need some exercise. Of course, Saturday evening was still too hot, so they played on Sunday morning. (Mildred Kirkwood, Livermore)

Sunday, I found a way to cool down my cat, Boston, when the temperature rose to 87° in the house. I dampened a light cloth — just damp, not soaked — and cloth diapers work best. As he was sprawled just out of the direct flow from a fan, I spread the cloth over him, just as I was using damp cloths for myself. He happily stretched out and stayed put until the cloth had dried out. I wet the rag again and he settled back down for more cooling. (Wanda Peets, Concord)

Posted on Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
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Hot days and melted cats

I found two new rugs spread out on the hardwood floor by the table in our family room when I got home from work the other afternoon.

The rugs were soft and fuzzy. One was light brown and the other black with fancy white markings in kind of a modernistic design.

It was a very hot day, about 95 degrees outside and in the mid-80’s in our family room. I turned on some fans to get the air moving and decided to try out the new rugs. I took off my shoes and touched one of my bare feet on the brown rug, my toes gently sinking into the soft, furry warmth.

Two eyes opened on one side of the rug.


Melted cat rugs.

On really hot days, cats melt onto hardwood floors so they can absorb every little bit of coolness from the wood.

The fuzzy black rug was staring up at me with two bright yellow eyes.

It was really hot.

"Move over guys," I said. "I want to make another rug."

Posted on Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
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Birds like cool trees when it’s hot

Sunday, it was so hot where I live in Benicia that the songbirds in my backyard, except for a feisty male Anna’s hummingbird that isn’t bothered by anything, spent most of the day chirping and flitting around inside the little cluster of three 40-foot redwoods in a corner on the yard. I say "inside" the redwoods because the branches create a big green room in the space between their trunks when you slip under them.

I was curious if the redwood room was actually cooler than the rest of my yard, so I slipped out the back door about 2 p.m. to take a look for myself. I brought along a thermometer to check the temp and laid it on one of the branches that was waving around in the room. It certainly felt a little cooler, and after about 5 minutes the thermometer told me why. It was six degrees cooler inside the redwood room than it was outside the trees.

People are always asking me where wild animals go when it gets too hot. Well, here’s one of the spots. Trees. They get up close to the trunks of trees so they can take advantage of the insulating qualities of the green branches.

Posted on Monday, July 17th, 2006
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Pets and hot weather

It’s very hot this week, do your know where your pets are?

Are they cool and safe?

Better check to make sure. The life you save may be that of a special family member!

Posted on Wednesday, June 21st, 2006
Under: Cats, dogs, Hot Weather, Pets | 1 Comment »