If you’ve been keeping up with us, you know that we’ve been really building up our pet hotel. One thing we love offering our canine patients is the Frosty Paw. This is sort of like a shake for Fido. But what about Fluffy? Why not give your cat something special on sweltering days? Here, a Scottsdale, AZ vet lists some cold treats you can offer your feline friend.
Kitty Ice Cream
You should never give cats regular ice cream. Despite all those myths and misconceptions, dairy products aren’t good for kitties. However, you can find ice cream made for Fluffy in many pet stores and grocery markets. Or, puree canned chicken or tuna with plain, fat-free yogurt and a bit of parsley. Freeze in small portions for your furry buddy.
Water isn’t exactly a treat, but it still goes to the top of the list. Make sure that your feline buddy always has fresh, cool water. You may want to give Fluffy a kitty fountain.
Try giving Fluffy a few ice cubes when it’s really hot out. Some cats really enjoy licking them. Others will just bat them around. That’s purrfectly fine! Kitties use their paw pads to regulate their temperature, so this will help your pet stay cool.
Sodium-free broth is a healthy snack. It contains electrolytes, which help your furry friend stay hydrated. Offer Fluffy a bowl on hot days. You can also freeze some in small molds or ice cube trays, and give your pet her dinner that way.
Dribble a little tuna juice or sodium-free broth over shaved ice. Your furry pal may really like this!
Put some ice in a blender, and puree it with boneless meat, fish, or chicken; canned tuna; or wet cat food.
You can make Fluffy her own version of popsicles. Put small amounts of canned tuna, chicken, crab, and/or shrimp in an ice cube tray. Pour water or sodium-free broth over them, and freeze overnight.
Another option is to get some cat food that has a lot of gravy. Add broth or water to thin it out even more. Then, divide the mixture into small servings and freeze. (Tip: a bottlecap works well for measuring these.)
Please contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Scottsdale, AZ pet hotel, we’re here to help!