Cats, unlike you humans, can not absorb vitamin D through our skin, we can only get it from eating food. So no amount of sun worship will get us that little luxury it is all hard earned chewing that does it for us. To lose heat we can wash ourselves all over, making our coats damp and then lay in a cool place and catch a breeze. We can expose our underbellies and lay flat out increasing the surface area to be cooled. It does help that we have an outside fan for such things and Momma regularly wipes us with a damp cloth. The kittens were not impressed AT ALL and SaBreena, usually delightful, hissed at Momma as she wiped the whippet of a body down. Very hot cats have been known to pant too, but not us cool gang. We have copious amounts of cold water with ice in big glass dishes and combine that with the fan breezing over it all - we are just right.
Those silly kittens still raced about in the heat though, you wouldn't believe it. It's as "Hot as Hades" as Grand Mew Mew tells us and yet, there they are chasing bugs and butterflies around the communal area, dancing a jig in the heat and drinking from the fountain! "NO" Momma shouts "Not fountain water kids, yuck." Will they never learn? Ikon is classed as a kitten, he still races about with the three of them and teaches them naughty habits, like eating leaves and twigs of which he deposits in lots of sick later on. He is a monster for it and very sneaky - Momma says he is a 'clawful' to manage.
Another Pride member is a bit nuts too - Flaire, she has taken over the cat wheel in this heat and is walking very slowly on it and snarling at anyone who tries to take it from her. She walks about 2mph, just sauntering and moaning as she goes. However, if ManSlave appears, she gees up a bit and her little lips turn pinky as she upturns her face for a stroke. She is a tart! It is way too hot for such walking, but she likes to keep trim and neat and svelte and you would never imagine she had produced 4 litters with no stretch marks. Unlike me, two kittens (well three, we lost a stripy boy) and there I am still carrying my baby weight! Well, I just hate sit ups! I also state that the medication I take daily makes me hungry!
Pearl is a bit 'hot to trot' too and enjoys hours on the wheel. Providing she can get her mother to take a break. Once on, she can roam the countryside of her mind. She can travel for miles and miles and still she looks rotund and never seems to get that svelte look her mother achieves. She is very c'athletic and tries her very best to keep in shape and entice the boys. Lets just hope Ikon is into fat bottom girls?! He can be a bit furmidable at mating time!
Of course, Robyn tried the wheel and Momma can't watch. When she isn't watching (secretly is) Rbyn runs sweetly on the wheel, but as soon as Momma comes into view, Robyn gets way too excited and begins running so fast that the wheel sweeps her away and she lands with a clump on the floor. I can hardly watch. I wince as she tries over and over again, each time jumping in mid air to catch a wave that slams her to the floor again. I can't watch any more and shove her off and show her how it's done, you have to skip sideways to stop that wheel from spinning you off. They can be lethal once you get them going! Then the heat gets to me and I flop on the floor and Flaire takes over with a grumble and a thwak.
I think it about time we all have a well earned nap and leave the sun worshiping for the hardy. Like Lillibet who loves to roll about on a beach towel tanning her white bits!
My devoted followers, much love to thee, your ebullient Queen Vee =^..^=