Cats are very susceptible to heat. When summer arrives, it’s important to pay special attention to their environment and hydration to prevent them from suffering from heatstroke. In addition to ensuring they always have access to well-ventilated areas and clean water, once in a while you can treat them to a refreshing summer snack for cats, like the ones described below.
A block of ice
Fill a small bowl with water and leave it in the freezer until it’s frozen solid. Pour it into a deep dish and let your cat lick it to their heart’s content when they need some refreshment. Even if they aren’t in the mood for it at the moment, it’s a long-lasting source of cold water that will stay fresh when you leave the house.
If your cat tolerates lactose and dairy, a little chunk of frozen yoghurt can be a delicious summer snack. Fill an ice cube tray with natural yoghurt, without sweeteners or added flavours. When you see that your cat is feeling hot and needs a little reward, take out one of the frozen cubes and leave it in their food bowl.
Special ice cream made from their favourite food
Prepare a bit of unsalted broth and mix it with your cat’s favourite food, or make something special to add to the broth. For example, you could use pureed chicken liver or boiled fish, tuna, or turkey breast. Form the mixture into small balls or put it in an ice cube tray, freeze it, and offer it to your cat as a special summer gift.
Not only will your cat love these ideas, but they’ll also help to fight the summer heat. However, don’t forget that frozen yoghurt and meat or fish ice cream are only treats or rewards; they should be a special indulgence for your cat, not a replacement for regular meals. No matter how hot it is outside, it’s not good to feed your pet only cold or frozen foods.
Also, before you jump in and start filling your freezer with summer snacks, it’s best to give your cat a small sample and observe its effects over 24 hours. This way you can be sure that the frozen food or yoghurt doesn’t cause any digestive issues or other problems.