Hi humans, rodents, and anyone else reading this.
This is Star the rat.
With all the warmer days we've had lately, it's made us - and, thankfully, the human caretakers - think about just how hot it got last Summer.
So, I wanted to take this oppertunity to remind you that most animals don't deal with heat too well, and if you have furry family members of your own, you should make sure to keep temperatures in a comfortable range for them, provide cool places in shade for them to rest, and also provide plenty of cool water for them to drink.
Some animals - like rats and chinchillas, for example - especially struggle with heat. Chinchillas have such thick fur coats that they just can't cope with extreme heat in general, and we rats can't pant and don't sweat, so can't use either of those methods to cool ourselves down. So, you should take things like that in to consideration too.
Also, always be on the lookout for signs of the heat getting to your furry family member, even if you're sure you've been doing all you can to keep them cool... You can't be too cautious!
Keep yourselves, and your furry friends, safe and cool this Summer!