Dr. Lacie’s Summer Survival Guide for Cats

Temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer, vacation plans are being finalized – summer is here! With all the fun and excitement summer brings, we wanted to talk about some of the things we sometimes don’t think about in the heat of the summer as it pertains to our cats. Whether your cats live outdoors, indoors, or both, these tips will help keep your cats cool this summer.



Cats are quite tolerant to heat. They typically enjoy an ambient temperature of about 75-78 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of this, they may start to act more excited when warmer summer weather hits. For our indoor kitties, this may mean sunbathing at their favorite window. With air conditioning and the option to simply leave the sunny spot, it is easy for indoor cats to regulate their body temperature.  However, for our outdoor kitties, it may not always be so easy to escape the heat.

Thankfully, cats are very intuitive animals, and have no problem seizing an opportunity for shade when they find one. For years, I had feral cats that I cared for outside of our home. During the heat of the summer, they would dig areas around our oak tree and flower beds where they could tuck themselves into the cool earth. Make sure that your cats have access to shade!