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Make sure your cat has some shaded, cool spots to lie down in.

Place ice wa­ter in glasses and bowls around the house— cats are no­to­ri­ous for drink­ing out of any wa­ter con­tainer they can find.

Stroking your cat with a damp cloth is a great way to keep them cool (if they will al­low it)— the best places to at­tend to are their paws, bel­lies and the out­side of their ears. Brush your cat reg­u­larly— mat­ted fur works as in­su­la­tion, and will mean your cat can over­heat more eas­ily. If you have a long-haired cat and de­cide to shave them, leave at least a full inch of fur to help pre­vent sun­burn.


Re­lo­cate your small an­i­mal to a cooler part of your home. Place ice cubes wrapped in a tea towel, a small frozen icepack, or a wet tea towel in their en­clo­sure for them to lean against.

Small an­i­mals need to stay well hy­drated, so fruit and veg­eta­bles high in wa­ter con­tent, such as cel­ery and ap­ples, are a great and de­li­cious way to help them avoid de­hy­dra­tion. Be care­ful to make sure the veg­eta­bles you feed to your small an­i­mal are ap­pro­pri­ate for their di­etary needs.


Half-fill a shal­low chil­dren’s pool for your dog to bathe in— just make sure they can get in and out eas­ily.

Put ice cubes in an in­door bowl and freeze a big block of ice for their out­door bowl. Dog­gie ice blocks are also a great way to keep them hy­drated— just freeze your dog’s favourite treat in wa­ter, in­side a Kong, or an ice-cream con­tainer.

You can find cool­ing mats at most pet stores— these can be used as crate lin­ers or as beds, and can be help­ful for other an­i­mals too.

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