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Help your animals beat the heat!

Help your animals beat the heat!

Spook kittyI am "babysitting" my daughters cat, he is an old guy that has had a few health problems lately. Kidney failure (which seems to have reversed itself), only has one tooth left, and who knows what else, we think he is on his 8th life at least. But he is happy, and he has been a member of the family for a long, long time. This heat is really getting to him. Without AC in the house, and with no one home, the house is getting too warm for him.

I went over tonight to open the doors and windows and turn on the fans, hoping to pull the cooler air in the house. (and of course to sit with him and love him a bit) I recently read about freezing water in soda bottles to leave on the floors for a dog in the heat, and I figured perhaps I could do the same for him. I have bottles in the freezer as I write this. I found a large freezer pack in her freezer, wrapped it in a towel and put it on his favorite sleeping spot.

Guess where Spook is sleeping tonight? For those of you who don't have AC give it a try for your pets. Freeze some water in a soda bottle and put it where they sleep. Like our kittie, I am sure your pet will soon realize that the frozen bottle is a great thing to sleep against.

Now I am freezing a whole bunch of bottles for my big pooch!

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

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Comment balloon 30 commentsAndrea Swiedler • July 29 2010 11:18PM


What a great idea.  Also, don't forget about your pet's paws when they go outside.  Have you seen those doggy shoes?  They are so cute.

Posted by Cindy Abel, Broker/Owner - Las Vegas Homes and Real Estate (Southern Nevada Realty, LLC) over 8 years ago

Andrea, that's a great idea.  Our pets need to cool off, too, if we don't watch out for them, who will?

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) over 8 years ago

Cindy, good thing where we live the dog goes on grass all the time. I don't think he would be wearing shoes, LOL. He would probably kill me. At least kitty is sound asleep on his new frozen bed, LOL.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Tis is great and if you are a big person, you could do the same for yourself and sleep the night away, Thanks Andrea for the wonderful, exciting idea for the comming "Dog Days" of Summer

Posted by Ted J. Macy (Top Agents Atlanta Metro) over 8 years ago

Rita, I worry so about this old man. He is at least 15, as far as I can remember anyway. And he was hot as could be. Now he looks much more comfortable! And yes, if we don't watch out for them, who will is right!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Ted, hmm.... great idea, LOL. It just might work... wonder if the dog will share with me.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

This is a great idea! It gets really hot here in the summer and my 22 year old baby gets VERY hot. I can't leave on the air for the cat, too expensive! I will try this! Cindy, I have tried putting those shoes on my dog, SHE HATES THEM!

Posted by Stephanie Reynolds, East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408 (Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. ) over 8 years ago

Hi Andrea - My Siberains have a real problem in the summer.  One room needs to have AC at all times.  Since we have the highest energy costs in the country - this is an act of devotion on my part.  I'm not being ridiculous - Siberian Husky's are built to conserve heat and to survive at -40F.  So the 100+ heat index that we have had could easily cause heat stroke. 

NEVER shave a dog of that breed btw.  The guard hairs protect the skin against the sun  - so that is not a proper solution.  For this particular breed - its not just the coat - the dog is built for heat conservation.  Furred pads (the one place they "sweat") hold in heat.  The small ears are another way to prevent heat dissipation. The heavily furred tail and the general build is all meant for the extreme cold.

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) over 8 years ago

Great idea, Andrea!  It's so hard to imagine life without AC--we would all be dead in the south if we didn't have it!  LOL

Gorgeous eyes on that cat by-the-way--he does look a wee bit tired.  I'm sure this heat is getting to him too!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 8 years ago

Hi Andrea ~ What a great idea! This has been the most brutal of summers - and I don't believe in A/C - at least at home. Please let Fall come.  I'm going to freeze some bottle for Champer. Thanks!!


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the tips Andrea and have a wonderful evening!

VB ;-)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 8 years ago

Andrea, so what are you freezing for your moo cows?  That would take a really big water bottle.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I'm doing my best to make sure that this animal beats the heat!!!!


Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Andrea, if left to their own, outside, these animals would be able to adapt very quickly, or find somewhere to refresh. When captive, special attention needs to be given to them so that they are not harmed. Now, I have to freeze water and take it to bed.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 8 years ago

What a great idea! I never heard of that ever. Thanks for the tip Andrea and have an awesome weekend!

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 8 years ago

Stephanie, the vet says the cat has made a miracle recovery on the kidney thing, all functions are normal and he gained 3 pounds. Of course he used to be very very big, not so much anymore. I left him sleeping on top of the ice pack, smart kitty. Yours is a cutie!

Ruthmarie, my uncle had a Malamute, in Atlanta, wow, was he hot. I know what you mean. My dog is furry, with an undercoat. I never shave him. But even in the AC he is hot. He is old too, and has a few health issues. We do what we have to for them!

Debe, he was mad that I was taking his picture, LOL.

Liz, give it a try. Spook thought it was great!

VB, you have a wonderful day! I was already checking my eyelids for holes when you write that.

Pat, LOL, a very very big water bottle! They have water to lay down in.

Michael, omg... you are superman now! Of course you are.... with you on the job our animals are safe.. I feel better... LOL

Ed, outside they are better off in the heat if they are NOT tied up. But alas, he, like you, has to stay inside.

Jackie, glad you liked it! You have a great weekend too. I am working the village fair tonight too, it was a surprise to me.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Andrea - That's a great idea. The last few days here in Jacksonville Florida have been so hot that my dog doesn't even want to go outside during the middle of the day.

Posted by Robert Schwabe, Orange Park Real Estate (EXP Realty) over 8 years ago

Andrea, I have fish, so they are already in water.  Should I throw a few ice cubes in there ........... LOL

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 8 years ago


What a great idea!

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Posted by Ann Hayden, (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) over 8 years ago

What a great idea Andrea! And so simple. Thanks for sharing! My dogs Maggie & Brinkley will surely appreciate this new tip as well!

Posted by Dani Baird Russell (John L. Scott Skagit) over 8 years ago

That's a good idea.  I heard that you can put ice in a flat pan like a roasting pan, add water to make an ice water mix, and put a small fan in front of it and it will blow cold air on your pet while they lie down. 

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Andrea - That's a great idea. I freeze water bottles and put them in the fish tank when it gets too hot for them.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 8 years ago

That's a great idea!  It doesn't usually get hot eough here to turn on the AC, but there are a few days every year...

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 8 years ago

Portable air conditioning for pets. Great idea!

Posted by Bob Foster (Century 21 Lanthorn R. E. Ltd. Belleville, Ontario) over 8 years ago

You can put an ice block inside a plastic pool...My friend did it...

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 8 years ago

Hi Andrea.  It's amazing what we can learn here on AR.  Thanks for the great tip.

Posted by Patsy Overton (Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia) over 8 years ago

I'm going to tell my neighbor about this.  How cool. My babies stay inside with the A/C all day.  All 5 of them.  And I'm curious... how hot is hot in CT?

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 8 years ago


I stumbled upon "Without AC in the house", and stopped for a second to digest the sentence. We have been so long, that I forgot that there are places where people do not have ACs.

I sometimes talk to relatives in Israel, and it is common that they are either trying to minimize its use, or just do not have it.

We are spoiled. Today in the morning there was a heavy rain, so it cooled down the air, and we turned off the AC and opened the sliding doors to vent the condo. It was nice, but humidity is too high, and after half an hour, the AC was back, cooling and drying the air

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 8 years ago

Andrea, By the way, what a beautiful color of eyes. Qold guy is gorgeous, so keep him cool if you can

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 8 years ago

I'm freezing now just from reading your post about freezing water bottles.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 8 years ago