Summer means lazy days spent outdoors and creative ways to beat the heat. But while you’re plopped down poolside, what’s happening to your pets? If your furry friends spend time outside, you’ll need to make sure they’re staying cool and safe while the temperatures climb and fleas run rampant. Try these simple DIYs to show your pets some love and keep them happy and healthy all summer long.
Ice Cold “Pupsicles”
My first thought with this was, “why does this pet treat look delicious?” Turns out I was right to be craving it; this easy recipe for pupsicles from Dogtipper is jam-packed with tasty ingredients, like yogurt, peanut butter, bananas and blueberries. These frozen snacks will keep your pup cool and content, with only a little effort on your part! And if you have any extra of these snacks, just swap out the dog treat handle with a popsicle stick for a nice summertime treat.
Homemade Paw Wax
Unlike us humans, our pets get to shoeless-ly roam free without looking like weirdos. The downside of this happens in extreme temperatures, when their paws become sensitive to hot pavement or icy conditions. To help fight dry and cracked paw pads, try this recipe from Frugally Sustainable for an all-natural protective wax balm. Ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil help moisturize and protect their paws during walks, or just while running around outside. Doesn’t your pet deserve a little summertime spa day?
An Elevated Pet Bed
After a vigorous play session, your pet is going to want something cool and cozy to plop down on. Elevated beds mean they can have air circulating underneath, keeping them comfortable while beating the heat. While there are some nice (and usually pricy) options out there, making your own means you can perfectly customize it for your pet. You can use a mesh-like fabric to really get the air flowing, just as long as it’s strong enough to safely support your pet, and adjust the size for maximum comfort. You might even be jealous of their seating situation from now on!
Natural Flea Repellant
Lemon, lavender and witch hazel are all you’ll need in this easy DIY for natural flea-repellant from Makezine. While it won’t kill fleas, it does a great job of keeping them from latching onto your pet in the first place (or forcing them to “jump ship,” as the author says). After brewing the ingredients together, store them in a plastic spray bottle for use against future attacks. Your pet can roam free outdoors, and you don’t have to worry about little critters finding their way back inside with them.
A Self-Filling Water Bowl
The hotter you are, the more water you’re going be guzzling. But if you’re not around to make sure your pet’s water bowl is filled, it could mean a nasty case of dehydration. This awesome DIY (designed by an 11-year-old girl, no less) creates a refilling stand for the water, which is built around your pet’s existing bowl. Whenever the water level gets low enough to expose the cap, more water automatically flows in. Let your pets enjoy the sunshine, and stay confident that they’ll be properly hydrated!
An Upcycled T-Shirt Cat Tent
My two cats are princesses indoors and out; they don’t let their thick fur coats or 88 degree weather stop them from prowling their backyard domain. This tent is a great way to give your cat a little shelter and shade, while still allowing them to check out their surroundings outside. Turn an unwanted old shirt into something cute and functional for your pets since it looks just as great indoors as it does out!
Hope you’re ready to start prepping your pets for a fun and healthy summer! If you have some more great DIY ideas you think we should know, let us know in the comments below!