It has been running in the upper 90’s to low 100’s here the past few days, as it is in most of the rest of the country. It is easy enough for us to stay inside in the cool a/c, but it is wreaking havoc on the poor animals that are outside.
Luckily, we have quite a few trees that produce good shade, and our house is set just right so the front yard gets shade all afternoon. The animals take advantage of that and stay in front of the house most of the day or in the woods that is completely shaded. The grass in front of the house has stayed nice, green and moist so it is easy on their feet compared to the dry crunchy grass and weeds everywhere else.
I also put ice in their water buckets a couple of times a day to keep their water cool, and I water down the ground and grass to help keep it cool. The chickens like that, and they burrow down in the wet soil and it helps keep their body temperatures down.
The thing they seem to like the most, though, is the box fan I put on the front porch. The cats and the chickens will sit in front of it to help keep cool when it is really hot in the middle of the day. It’s really funny to see the cats and the chickens sitting next to each other, with the breeze blowing their fur and feathers all around. haha
I have a pet carrier sitting on the porch for the kittens, and they like to lay between it and the house. I started putting frozen bottles of water inside the carrier so that they can lean against the cold carrier. They seem to really like that. I can’t get their mama to lay against anything cool, though. She prefers laying in the middle of the porch, no matter what. Yesterday we let her into my husband’s air-conditioned shop (the kittens weren’t here, she had them off hidden somewhere) and she LOVED laying on the cool concrete.
As for the dogs, they have been staying inside almost all day long. They only really go outside long enough to go pee and then they come back inside. They are okay with that. haha
What do you do to keep your outside pets and animals cool? Do you have any tips for me? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!