Best Cat Cooling Pad – Not Just for Dogs

With the long hot summers, we all try and find the best ways of keeping our cats cool. Well, I am now trying out a cat cooling pad and I will say – ‘they are not just for dogs’. If you see most of the marketing for these cooling pads then they are almost always targeted at dogs. But cats can use them too. As Dyson has also had major surgery recently and does not like the heat it is also important for me to keep her comfortable during the day and putting a cooling pad in her crate has helped.

How A Cat Cooling Pad Works

Most of these pads are filled with a non-toxic gel. And how it works is that it activates when your pet sits on the mat. After just a few minutes the gel is activated and starts cooling down your cat. Now why these might be targeted more for dogs is that all cat lovers know that cats can be very fussy about everything. And that includes where they sit and sleep. Which means that sometimes the cat does not hang around on the mat long enough for the gel to activate so they don’t get the cooling effect.

However, if they do sit around for long enough and work out that the pad will cool them down in hot weather. Then as cats are rather intelligent they will keep coming back to the pad. The tricky part is getting them used to it that very first time. I’ve placed one under a thin bed in the crate and have found that my cats have been sleeping in there during the night (even though initially it was just for Dyson). I have also been using one in my cat carrier on the seemingly endless trips to the veterinarian recently.

Oh and hide the dog decals! So, let’s have a look at some of the cooling pads that are out there which might help keep kitty cool in the hot weather.

Arf Pets Self Cooling Pet Pad

The Arf Pets cooling pad has a tough and sturdy nylon outside with a cool gel inside which absorbs the pet’s body heat. Therefore, keeping them cooler and relaxed for up to three hours. It is completely self-charging so does not need to be placed in a fridge or water and doesn’t need electricity so it is very low maintenance. However, do keep an eye on it in case of rips from cats claws.

Again this activates when your pet sits on it. And after providing three hours of relief from hot temperatures it only needs about 15-20 minutes of non-use before it recharges and can be used again. It again uses a non-toxic gel and can be folded up quite easily for travel or storage. Whilst the nylon outer coating is easy to keep clean by just wiping over with a mild soap and water. It is also puncture resistant and resists tearing.

The Arf Pets Self Cooling Pet Pad is currently available in two sizes, (23×35 inches and also 27×43 inches) and both are available online from Amazon.

AKC Reversible Pet Cooling Mat for Dogs & Cats

akc cooling pad for catsThe American Kennel Club have produced cooling mats for dogs for a few years. However, they now seem to be more aware that this mat can also be used by our kitties who need to keep cool. This recharges automatically without any batteries or refrigeration as it will recharge itself after about 20 minutes of non-use. This makes this mat easy to take with you when travelling. It is water resistant and made of a highly durable fabric which is tear resistant.

It comes in three colors – blue, taupe and gray and is available in an extra large size.

ASPCA Reversible Pet Cooling Pad

If you are looking for a cooling pad that is a bit different to the usual blue color then the ASPCA pet cooling mat looks great. And as it is a product by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals you also know that everything has been done to make this a safe product for your pets.
Therefore this is a durable, water-resistant pad which is made from a 100% composite polyester fabric outer material and an inner liquid cooling gel. It can also be used indoors or outdoors – so great if you are looking to cool down some feral or outdoor cats.
ASPCA reversible pet cooling pad
The ASPCA cooling pad comes in three sizes – medium (20 inches by 16 inches), large (26×20 inches) and extra large (30 by 24 inches). But it comes in three great looking designs – chevron, paw & bone (yes it is for dogs) and a solid color. It also comes in different colors – tan, turquoise, orange, blue, gray, taupe and teal.
I really think that to make the ASPCA reversible cooling pad even better they could make it come in a more cat-friendly design such as pictures of tuna cans or fluffy mice. However, if you don’t mind chevrons or paws and bones then the ASPCA pet cooling pad is available from Amazon by clicking here.

Polar Pad

Polar pad cat cooling padThe Polar Pad definitely got a paws up as it also came with an extra plush cover. While this cover does cut down the cooling by about 60% it is great for cats who love comfort and who may not feel completely comfortable on just a PVC or nylon cover. Plus it adds an extra layer of protection from your cat’s claws. This zippered cover is easily removed for cleaning and comes in a chocolate suede side and a khaki suede side.

As with other pads, you can use the polar pad without the plush cover so you just have the blue nylon look. And it comes with a gel interior which gives about 4 hours of cooling. The edges of the pad are all double bound and sealed for extra durability. As this gel absorbs heat it partially changes state to enter a more liquid form and in the process cools your pet.

The Polar Pad comes in three sizes – small (15.5 inches by 20 inches), medium (20 inches by 26 inches) and large (20 inches by 35). It is completely non-toxic and can be easily fast recharged by running under cool water or placing in the refrigerator. Otherwise, it will just recharge at its standard speed.

Boho Farm Pet Cooling Pad

Boho Farm Cooling MatIf you are nervous about leaving your cat (or dog) alone on a gel-filled mat while you are away from home, especially if your pet loves to chew furniture. Then you might want to look at the Boho Farm pet cooling pad which is a foldable cooling mat for dogs and cats. Instead of being filled with a cooling gel, however, it is made from an aluminum alloy which usually is cooler than the outside air.

This though makes the mat hard and inflexible. However, it is coated in plastic to protect your pet from injuring themselves. It is also easy to fold up and store so if you are going on holiday with your pet then you can just slip this easily into your luggage, or even store during winter months. As it is metallic then don’t place it near a stove or other heating appliances.

This is also easy to keep clean as it can just be wiped down with a damp cloth. However, don’t use detergents on it to clean as this can discolor or deform the aluminum.

The Boho Farm pet cooling pad is currently available in two sizes. The first, 15.7 x 11.2 x 0.4 inches, is good for cats and other small animals whereas the larger size, 20.2 x 15.7 x 0.4 inches, is good for dogs. Check this cooling pad out now on Amazon.

With pet cooling pads that are gel filled if you have a pet that loves to chew then please keep an eye on them with the pad just so that they do not chew through the material and eat the gel contents. While these gel-filled cooling pads contain non-toxic chemicals very rarely a pet can get an allergic reaction. If you are nervous about leaving your cat alone with the pad then try out the Boho Farm cooling pad listed above as even though it is a hard mat it does not contain any gel.
Remember though not to leave your pet unattended in a car during this hot weather even if they are on a pet cooling pad. Car temperatures can rocket in hot weather and may often be 20 degrees higher than the outside temperature. A cooling pad cannot cope with those conditions and dogs and cats kept in hot cars can die within an hour.
And remember you can also use pet cooling pads for yourself. They made great toppers for pillows for a cooling nights sleep, or even place a laptop on them when working.
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Janit - July 17, 2018 Reply

I feel it would be more helpful if you would compare the products, perhaps on a chart, including length of time they stay cool and price, rather than the reader needing to look at each link to make those comparisons.
Peace & cats,

    Evie - July 22, 2018 Reply

    Hi Thank you for your comment. That is actually a great idea. I will endeavor to do that in future for other comparisons.
    have a pawsome summer

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