Meaning old water is dumped out, the bowl is rinsed and fresh water is added. I rarely resort to a quick topping off of their double-sided bowl and only if the water is still really clean.
Last week, even though I was extremely busy, I managed to perform two of the above tasks. I never realized I'd forgotten the third until, hours later, when I trotted downstairs for something and found Frances, my water-hating cat, pacing the kitchen floor and crying.
Yes, I had forgotten to refill the bowl. Frances stayed at my heels while I quickly repaired my error and kept jumping to reach it as I hurried the bowl to its place.
Even though we no longer own a home, and my cats are no longer part-time outdoor cats, the heat still affects them, especially now that they are senior cats.
This means we don't skimp on air conditioning when we're not home. It's not worth a heat exhausted cat. The same is true for dogs.
Both indoor and outdoor cats need places to cool down, shade and plenty of fresh water. Signs your cat is overheated include restless behavior (fortunately Frances was fine after she drank some water) and panting and drooling as the cat tries to cool itself off.
A cat with a temperature, rapid pulse or one that is unsteady on its paws or lethargic needs immediate veterinarian attention.
Last year, I also asked pet owners on The Herald-News' Facebook group page, Joliet Connect, for their best tips on keeping pets comfortable in hot weather.
Read their responses here: bit.ly/2XOt18J.
And then check out these suggestions from a Blain’s Farm & Fleet news release for keeping dogs cool.