I have one word for this week – HOT.
As in, it’s hot outside.
As in, be careful, because it’s hot outside.
On the weekends i usually like to go out into the sunshine.
It feels good to be outside.
Many cats in Florida have caged-in lanais so they can go to the back yard without getting lost.
My sisters like it too.
Everything is new and exciting to little Annie Sullivan.
Courage loves to put her face up to the sun and feel the warmth.
How she can stand it in that long fur coat is beyond me.
My place to enjoy the sun is by the water.
No, I do not go swimming, but I enjoy looking at the water.
Speaking of water, cats need to drink water if they are outside.
Make sure there is plenty of fresh water available if you let your cat out.
If your cat goes outside, make sure you are with them.
In this heat, make sure it’s only for a short time.
Outside is not a good place for cats.
Cat Depot always recommends keeping cats on a leash and harness, or in an enclosed, safe area.
Keep your eye on the cats, like I do for Annie Sullivan.
Did you know cats don’t pant to cool off like a dog?
We pant and sweat through our feet.
(A big old dripping tongue hanging out is too undignified for a cat.)
The bright sunshine sometimes hurts our eyes too.
The famous Mighty Lou wore sunglasses.
We don’t have sunglasses and it’s just too bright.
If your cat goes outside with you, make sure they are safe and cool.
Cats are smart.
We will find a cool (or at least less hot) place to rest.
But then, when it’s just too hot, like it is now…
…we have a little discussion with the young ones who don’t have any sense.
We tell them the best thing to do is go inside and cool off.
We wipe the tears away from the crying young ones who don’t want to stop playing.
And we go inside, out of the heat.
See you next week.
The Dapper Gent
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