As summer rolls around, you’ve finally decided that it is time to invest in some outdoor cat cages for your pets. You’ve looked at a number of different cat runs and have finally decided which one to purchase. You are thrilled with the fact that your cats will now have access to the outdoors in a safe manner. After all, who doesn’t want to spend time outside during the summer? You know your cats will have a blast in their outdoor cat cages and cat runs. You can hardly wait to get started.As you are in the planning process, be sure to think everything through carefully. One of the most important decisions is where to set up your cat enclosure or cat runs. Ideally, you want your outdoor cat condo or outdoor cat enclosure to be close to your own house. This enables you to place a Freedom Connector (i.e. cat door) in your window, so your pet can go in and out as he pleases.
Making Sure Your Cat Runs Are Safe
Another critical factor in determining the set-up for your cat runs or outdoor cat condo is access to shade. This is especially important during the summer when the weather can become extremely hot and humid. However, even if your cat runs or outdoor cat condo has adequate shade, you will still want to keep an eye out for any signs of heat exhaustion in your cat. Cats tend to be fairly adaptable to most climates and are quite capable of keeping themselves cool and comfortable. Older cats and young kittens are particularly vulnerable to heat exhaustion. If you notice that your cat is panting heavily in his cat runs or cat house, go outside immediately to cool him down.
Unlike dogs, cats rarely pant when they are hot. Most cats sweat through their pads and cool themselves by grooming their fur. So if you see your pet sitting in his cat enclosure or cat house panting, you need to take immediate action, as this behavior is a sure-sign of stress. If you have air-conditioning, take your pet out of his cat runs or outdoor cat condo and bring him inside. You may also want to cool him down with a cold rag or wrap him in a moist towel to get his body temperature down. Your cat’s normal temperature should be around 101 or 102 degrees F. If his temperature exceeds 107 degrees F, he is most likely suffering a heat stroke. Take your pet to the veterinarian immediately. With proper care and immediate action you will be able to get your pet’s body temperature down and prevent further complications.If you live in an exceptionally hot region of the country, always monitor your cats while they are in their cat runs or outdoor cat cages.