I love living in an area of the country (Kentucky) where we have four distinct seasons. Each one has its own traits and characteristics that make it special. And just when I think I can say which of the four is my favorite (like autumn with all its apple cider, pumpkins, and falling leaves), I remember something amazing about another season (like spring with its lemonade, daffodils, and budding leaves). Or summer with grilling out, glasses of Summer Julius, St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball, and gladiolas…. Or, winter with its hot chocolate, Christmas music, and NFL!
I’m pretty sure my outside cats have a favorite season – and it would be any season BUT summer. They’re actually campaigning to move to Minnesota – they hear the winters are long and the fishing’s amazing. While I love the land of the lakes, the husband and catfather’s job is here, so we’d better stay put. Besides, as a native, I’m totally fluent in Kentuckian and would be a foreigner that far north.
I’ve been reading alot lately about making pets more comfortable in the heat. Our cats absolutely hate it. The hot weather makes them thisclose to lifeless. Especially Adam and Svenn – for some reason they practically melt in the heat.
I found a really good article about Keeping Pets Safe in the Summer Months. The main thing, obviously, is to provide plenty of fresh, cool water for your outside babies, as well as some shade. (Fortunately, we have nearly 20 trees in our yard, so that’s not a problem!) In addition to hanging out in apple trees, our cats like to have an occasional ice cube to play with and lick on.
Have a fun weekend – go out and buy your cat a new toy, then you’ll both have a blast!