Here are some “Things we can do for Love” - Cat Tips.
Cats suffer in the heat as we do, and sometimes get dehydrated. When this happens they can develop urinary tract infections, and may quickly die. If a cat is dragging his bottom or straining to urinate, he needs to be seen quickly by a veterinarian for intervention and medication. I am very grateful to my friend June Newhouse, president of the Blanco County Cat Coalition, for giving me important and easy tips for greatly improving the quality of life for our outdoor cats, by getting them to drink more water to avoid heat related illness. I would like to share what I have learned with your other readers.
Cats are very finicky. They will not drink from a water bowl containing mosquito larvae or algae, which grows fast in the heat. Both are toxic and can make cats sick. Cats also will not drink water that is hot. We can keep our cats water bowls clean and change the water frequently. We can create shade for the water to prevent overheating, perhaps with a simple lean-to, made with a board and a bench. Then as a wonderful coup-de-grace, we can add ice cubes. Ice attracts cats to water and encourages them to drink. We can also add water to canned cat food, making a thin soup. For extra encouragement, we can add two to three times as much water to the liquid from a can of tuna. Milk can also be given, with water added.
I have seen such good results from these small additions to the care of my cats, and am stepping up to do more. With the help of the cat coalition, I am learning to do my own trapping of new cats that come onto our property and need TNR, (trapping, neutering, and returning).
If you live in the country, cats will turn up. Please feel free to call or join the cat coalition if you want to learn how to contain and care for your cat population. Your assistance will be a great help.
Blanco County Cat Coalition