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There was some out-of-date tinned fish in the cupboard, so we left it in an old bowl outside. In the morning, it was gone. So we started leaving out leftovers. Was the cat watching us, waiting in a hiding place somewhere for its bowl to be replenished? It certainly felt that way.
Then, on a supermarket shopping trip, we took a decisive step and bought a pack of cat food. Did this make us pet owners? Of a cat that never came within 20 metres of us? Of an animal that — for all we knew — could also be getting fed and watered by half a dozen other people? Over the following four weeks, the process continued, until we were permitted to approach as close as two metres.
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At this distance, and after scores more bowls of cat food and leftovers, we started to feel a little proprietorial. Should we name it? How could we name it without knowing its sex? Why does sex even matter when naming a cat? Should we get it sterilised? Did we even have that right? If an impartial observer had been around to witness what followed, we might have been taken in for questioning. For the next five days, from our usual exclusion range of between two and five metres, my wife and I would follow the cat around, exhorting it to lift its tail and give us a peek at its genitals.
They looked different every day. We could have saved ourselves a lot of up-tail action. The internet also revealed a lot more about cat care in the 21st century.
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- How to keep pets cool on hot days.
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I grew up in a house with three cats, and I recall mainly purring, mewing, cuddles and the odd scratch. Do keep the blinds closed and the curtains shut to keep the house cool for your cat. Keep the windows closed if it is hotter outside than in.
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Do let your cat choose a cool place to lie down. They will naturally gravitate towards a slate floor or a fan in summer, just as they will curl up in a warm place in winter. Do provide your cat with plenty of water, in various positions around the house. Cats often prefer their water to be placed away from their food. Don't worry if your cat is sleepy during the day. Cats need 16 hours of sleep a day and will sensibly nap even more on a hot day, rather than rushing around getting hotter. Don't worry if your cat seems to be grooming itself more than usual. This is a cooling mechanism similar to sweating: Do pay attention to your cat's feet.
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Cats, like dogs and mice, have their sweat glands on their paws. If your cat is leaving wet paw prints, it is sweating and will need to replenish its fluids. You can try cooling it down by dipping its paws in water, but this may not be appreciated …. Don't worry if your cat starts panting.
Cats pant more rarely than dogs, but will pant to take on cooler air if they are particularly hot. Heavy panting could be cause for concern, however see heatstroke, above. Don't get lax with hygiene: Do groom your pet and brush out loose hair. Consider having long-haired rabbits and guinea pigs trimmed for the summer. Do keep hutches and runs in the shade all day.
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Move them as the sun moves round if necessary. Don't keep the hutch on the ground: Do give small animals pieces of water-rich fruit and vegetables, such as celery and apple, to keep them hydrated. Do provide a ceramic tile or a frozen bottle of water for your pet to sit or lean on.
Do use a misting spray to cool off larger pets, such as rabbits.
This can be used on dogs, too - remember to avoid the face. Do protect your horse from flies. Consider investing in a fly fringe, an anti-fly rug and some fly repellant.
Don't let your horse put on too much weight from the lush summer grass. Overweight horses are more at risk of overheating. Don't let your horse's muzzle burn.
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Use a suitable sunscreen on it and other areas of exposed skin. Dogs Dogs aren't much good at keeping themselves cool, so you'll need to help them. Do have long-coated dogs clipped, and groom all breeds regularly. Weather Animals Animal welfare.