Monday, 20 July 2015

Taking care of pets during Summer in Dubai

I spent 3 weeks in Canada, which meant I left hubby with the cat and dog for 3 weeks.

Hubby was working everyday which meant the cat and dog were on their own in the house on their own from 7am till 5pm, Sunday till Thursday.

They bonded, this is a photo hubby sent me in the first week of the pair of them.


The cat hasn't had a good week, it started with a poorly eye, it must have been irritating her as she would come to me for it to be wiped. It cleared up in around 3 days and there seems to be no lasting effect.


It's also the middle of summer and during daylight hours it is far too hot to let them outside without supervision, so our once outdoor pets have now adapted to be indoors all day and they seem to be coping very well.

Pushkins sneaked out the door on Saturday when I put the shopping away, it was 2 hours later before I realised she wasn't in the house. I felt so guilty and I nearly passed out from the heat looking for her.

The Cat suffered with heat exhaustion on friday. We keep her inside during the day but sometimes she sneaks out and has been outside for 2 hours she has been licking her self to keep cool. Cats sweat through their paws. She was too exhausted when I found her to walk and I've brought her back and she let me put her in a bowl of luke warm water to cool her down and I wrapped her in a damp towel. I've never seen a cat pant like this before. She made a full recovery and is still trying to sneak out in the midday sun.



We do of course take Bob out for walks every evening and do early morning trips to the lakes in the desert.

He is getting braver with the water now, up till now he's relied on another dog bringing his ball back to him as you can see from the first video he just won't go out of his depth.




This is Bob the day after in the desert, he seems to have overcome his fear very quickly.



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They also like to spend early evenings on the doorstep, getting some fresh air.


Every time I see this stray I wonder how she is managing to live in this heat. There are mice in the garden I assume she eats and I leave water out for her and the birds, but I can't take her in, she's too wild.








12 comments:

  1. Poor animals, it must be tough in that heat with all that fur! Your cat must have been totally done in to allow you to bathe her. We've had a heatwave for nearly a month in the south of France with temps around 40° but I know that's nothing compared to Dubai. I don't know how you all cope. #AnimalTales

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    1. didn't realise it had been that hot in Europe. At the moment we have high humidity levels which is making the temps feel around 10c hotter than normal, at least everything is geared up in Dubai for the heat.

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  2. Pets and heat really do not mix, do they? Looks like you (or they!) have it all sussed. I think animals instinctively find cool floors and ways to help themselves :)

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    1. I'm surprised how the strays survive at the moment when you step outside it makes your eyes sting it is that hot

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  3. Love the photo of them together, so sweet! Poor animals in the heat though, so hard to keep them cool. #AnimalTales

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    1. I have lots of water in buckets around the outside of the house and the zircon is on 24/7 in 2 rooms of the house where they prefer to be

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  4. We have a half Persian, who is has very dark chocolate coloured fur, so she gets very hot in the summer. I haven't had to treat her for heat exhaustion, but our vet did send a mail reminding all pet owners about looking after pets in the heat, after we had a bout of very hot weather. I do worry about her, getting too hot. Glad your kitty is better. Loved the dog video! popped over from #animaltales

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    1. both hubby and I ante now over vigilant with making sure the cat doesn't sneak outside, thankfully it's only june till sept we have such excessive heat

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  5. One positive result of the heat is the bonding of your cat and dog as you show in that lovely shot. Bob though is the lucky one as he gets his dips in the lake.

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    1. when they first met 3 years ago (we had the cat first) my bedroom looked like an episode of CSI, but that was my blood where I tried to rescue the cat from the dogs mouth and she then attacked me

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  6. Lovely picture of the cat and dog together ... so lovely they've bonded so much. #AnimalTales

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    1. it took 6 months for them to be in the house at the same time, let alone in the same room, since the relocation from South Africa they seem to be fully accepting of each other

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