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Pets and the heat

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Some very good information, perhaps more important to dog owners. Dogs seem to have more enthusiasm and less judgment than cats, though cats can be pretty silly as well. Kiera Butler reports in Mother Jones:

I’ve been told that in the Mother Jones DC bureau last week, a debate raged over whether or not it’s only crazy cat ladies who leave the air conditioner on all day for pets. I can see both sides: Sure, it’s pitiful to see dogs pant and cats make themselves as flat as possible to beat the heat, especially during gnarly heat waves. And yes, it’s true that pets are unable to doff their fur coats.

On the other hand, their ancestors lived outside for eons before we domesticated them, so surely they must be heartier than we give them credit for. What’s more, round-the-clock AC is exorbitantly expensive and contributes significantly to climate change, as the New York Times recently reported. Because of the soaring demand for air conditioning worldwide, and because the gases emitted by modern cooling equipment are extremely potent planet warmers, scientists estimate that AC units could account for a staggering 27 percent of global warming by 2050.

So is it really necessary to chill Fido all day long? I decided to call a few veterinarians to settle the argument once and for all. Dr. Helen Myers, veterinarian at the ASPCA‘s Animal Poison Control Center, had this to say in an email: . . .

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Written by Leisureguy

2 July 2012 at 8:22 am

Posted in Cats, Daily life, Health

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  1. When I lived in NYC I saw a public service poster on a bus stop that explained that running a window A/C costs $0.25 hour. I guess the idea was to make me try to conserve, but it did the opposite. I thought, “Wow, that’s a lot less than I thought!” After seeing that poster, I started keeping the A/C (set to 80 degrees) on for my cat when it got really hot. Funny thing was, I usually find her sleeping in the un-airconditioned room.



    2 July 2012 at 11:06 am

  2. The cost/discomfort of letting the house get up to high temps while you’re at work just means the A/C has to run its compressor motor for a long, long time to get the temp back down. Just moving it up to 80 or 82 during the day while you’re gone should be much easier on the system/cost than letting the place get superheated. Plus, what asshat would mistreat an animal so badly? My cats mind the heat less than I do, but they confine their high-temp sessions to an afternoon sunbath in the warmest room in the house, after which they return to cooler rooms. At the animal shelter, I can tell when a dog I am walking is getting hot, and I make sure water is available the minute we get back to the building. The longhairs show effects of heat sooner than the shorthairs, IME. I, as a shorthair near-bald, need water at least as soon as any of the dogs do. But even on hot days, they’re still glad to see me.


    bill bush

    2 July 2012 at 5:43 pm

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