On days like this my darling moggy enjoys an ankle deep dip into cool water in the laundry trough and what my dad referred to as “a Sammy cooler”, involving a gentle sponge down.
But beware, my niece once attempted to entice my moggy’s predecessor to join her in the bath…..she still bears the scars, some 20 years later!
My moggy also likes to sit under the fan.
The sponge and hose strategy works well with dogs. So does a dip in a paddling pool or a swim for breeds that enjoy it!
Put a wet towel over your guinea pig, rabbit or bird cage and run a fan onto it, if they are showing signs of heat stress.
Your chooks will be open beaked and disorientated. They will not drink water of a higher temperature than their own bodies.
Don’t travel with or exercise your pets in the heat of the day and never, ever leave your pet locked in a hot car, whilst you run an errand; the air can heat to fatal temperatures, as hot as an oven, within minutes!
I don’t have air-conditioning, but I do close up the house by day and open it to the breeze in the evening. I have installed awnings, which I have found lowers the temperature indoors markedly, by simply protecting the windows from direct exterior sun. Keep internal blinds and curtains drawn, for added insulation.
In the wild animals seek out shade. I’ve been lucky enough to observe lions, shading themselves, under an acacia in Kenya. Kangaroos, too, seek out shade for a siesta during the hottest part of the day.
If your animals are outdoors in this heat, ensure they always have both water and shade available to them.
Don’t forget to leave water out for the wild birds and other creatures. They too, need to keep hydrated.
Make sure you check the temperature of the water you leave out for animals from time to time. It may well be hot enough to inflict a scald, rather than quench thirst on days of extreme heat.
Make sure the animals in your life have cool, fresh water available at all times!