School's Out! Avoid Lonely Cat Syndrome This Summer

Summer's here and the living's easy. It's time for pool parties, clam bakes, and sunscreen galore. Unfortunately, our cats aren’t always so keen to get their toes (ahem, paws) in the sand.

Sure, your cat loves to stretch out in the sunny spot on the living room floor, but laying outside in the summer sunshine is another story. It’s actually dangerous for our kitties to be out too much in the heat. They can become dehydrated, overheated, and even sunburned despite all of that fluffy fur covering their skin.

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So what do you do when you want to be poolside and your kitty wants to be by your side? After all, she wants to have fun this summer, too!

Thankfully, there're plenty of options for occupying your little one and keeping her from being a lonely cat even on the hottest of summer days.

Signs of a Lonely Cat

When you're hitting the pool or staying out late for a concert on the lawn, you want to be sure that your fur baby isn’t at home missing you.

While cats aren’t generally social animals in the same way dogs are, they can experience separation anxiety, and no one wants a lonely cat at home when they're out enjoying the warm summer air.

Some signs that your kitty is experiencing anxiety while you're away include:

These signs could point to other problems with your fur baby as well, so if you’re concerned it’s always a good idea to check in with your vet.

So what's a loving fur parent to do when Fluffy is feeling anxious? Here's how you can have fun in the sun while ensuring you have a safe, happy cat — not a lonely cat — all summer long.

Feline Fun While You’re in the Sun

To help your kitty cope with your absence and turn your lonely cat into a happy cat, make sure your home is a comfortable and stimulating place for your little one while you're gone.

Consider setting up a “catio” or cat patio in your home. These are ideal for keeping your fur babies safe indoors, but also allowing them the benefits of stimulation from the outside world. Catios help ease stress and let your little one get some exercise, too.

If you don’t have the space for a catio, set up a small perch or cat tree near a sunny window for your kitty instead. This lets your cat experience the brilliant summer sun while still enjoying the air-conditioning — sounds purr-fect!

PrettyLitter Avoid Lonely Cat Syndrome This Summer

You can also bring the outdoors in for your fur baby by planting your own cat grass. Your cat may then enjoy the benefits of grazing or munching on grass without being outside in the heat.

When you are home with your cat, be sure to engage in regular play time. Playing with your cat helps ease her anxiety and makes her feel loved, secure, and bonded to you.

Kitty Treats to Beat the Heat

In addition to showing your little one some love when you are home together, there are many fun ways to have some cool fun with her this summer.

Just as you enjoyed popsicles as a kid, your fur baby would love a cooling "catsicle" treat in the summertime heat. You can freeze tuna brine or low-salt chicken stock to create icy snacks to keep her chilled and entertained.

Along with catsicles, some cats enjoy batting ice cubes around tile floors. When you get out the ice for your next batch of refreshing margaritas, grab an extra cube for Fluffy to pounce on and push around the kitchen.

Also, be sure to keep your kitty's water bowl cold and refreshed this summer. We'll have no dehydrated cats here!

Road Tripping Tips

While enjoying the sun at home, you're likely also counting down the days to your summer vacation. Unfortunately, cats aren't quite as excited about hitting the road. Thankfully, there're some things you can do to make your travels easier on your fur baby.

Kitties thrive on routine, so car trips or most any travel doesn't sit well with them. Cats enjoy being in their own environment so, for a quick trip, leaving your kitty at home is the most comfortable option for her.

If you opt to take your cat on vacation with you, she'd probably prefer to fly than drive, but make sure to check that you are booking an airline that will allow her cat carrier in the cabin with you. Purr-haps even splurge on a first-class ticket, if you can — then blame Kitty for being just a little high maintenance.

Whatever your travel plans, make sure to give your fur baby lots of extra TLC around the time of the trip. A stressed-out cat is no fun for anyone.

What are you and your kitty up to this summer? We'd love to hear your plans. Leave a comment below and remember to share your own tricks to avoid having a lonely cat.




Rai Cornell
Rai Cornell

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8 Responses

Lynn
Lynn

July 02, 2019

I bought one of the covered play yards for my fur baby to travel. Plenty of room for a litter box, a few toys, food and water. I lay the seat down and she has a perfect view outside. She doesn’t mind it at all. Of course for brief trips(vet), she has a harness and safety strap that hooks to the seat belt. She lives sitting there and looking out the window

Jennifer Stutzman
Jennifer Stutzman

July 02, 2019

My fur baby Lenny (3yr old orange tabby), to my surprise, loves a car ride; I think it’s thanks in part to his older brother Hunter (my 9yr old cockapoo). They are so cute together. They just sit in the backseat like they are people. Will never go on vacay without them!

Jennifer Stutzman
Jennifer Stutzman

July 02, 2019

My fur baby Lenny (3yr old orange tabby), to my surprise, loves a car ride; I think it’s thanks in part to his older brother Hunter (my 9yr old cockapoo). They are so cute together. They just sit in the backseat like they are people. Will never go on vacay without them!

susan miller
susan miller

June 27, 2019

We take our fur babies to Florida every winter. they just lie there don’t try to get out of the vehicle when we stop. We use the pretty litter on the road and at home. had a problem with one of them last year when she realized she couldn’t go outside. day or night. Have not seen much of her lately.

Jean Scott
Jean Scott

June 27, 2019

That could be why my older cat pooped on all my things when I was in rehab after surgery. My son was here but he didn’t pet him like I do.Then one day he got out ,People saw him but they couldn’t catch him.I had him for 17yrs.Now I have Tigger .I can’t get him to use the litter box. I got some
Cat attract It hasn’t worked yet.

Dianna Whitmer
Dianna Whitmer

June 27, 2019

Since we live in an apt in a city, we took a 3-day trip to a little cabin in the country with lots of birds and etc…she loved it, and I did, too! She was up before I was in the morning checking out the birds and etc outside (thru the window screen.)

aj
aj

June 27, 2019

my little baby and i will be traveling to florida from boston and i will be driving…my little peppa does not mind the truck drive.when i am comfortable enough i let my peppa out of the cat carrier and she does come out but sometimes she will go back inside it and she stays there for awhile..other times she will come and sit with me on the passenger seat and if it’s time for her to eat i will stop and feed her and go back to driving while she eats..most of the time though she will come out of her carrier and go underneath the seats in the back of the truck and she stays there but comes out when i call her…my little baby is petty good in the truck while in motion but i do think she does get motion sickness alittle so i will be sure to go to the vet before my planned drive 1500 miles…my peppa has been on a plane as well as a 3000 mile drive to florida and back to boston so she is does know what to expect while she is in a vehicle…thank you for letting me share..if anyone has any thoughts i welcome them…

Maria Eaton
Maria Eaton

June 27, 2019

We travel in our motorhome and bring our 2 cats along. I make sure on travel mornings to give the half their food in the morning and then when we are still give them the other half. That way their bellies aren’t sick while traveling. We love the pretty litter for so many reasons but for being light weight is a plus while on the road.

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