Cats can feel heat on their paw pads, though from what I’ve read, they feel it less than we feel heat. Some cats have heat-blocking fur on their paw pads, but many don’t. If you’re walking your cat on a hot day, try to walk on grass or dirt, or try to walk in early morning or early evening. Cats are most active during early morning and early evening, so your cat might have more fun then.
Some breeds thrive in cool, cold or VERY cold weather, but they wilt in hot temperatures. I’m looking at you Maine Coons & Siberians, you laid-back fur beasties.
Instead of shaving ALL the fur off — which to be honest makes me feel sad — I like to shave off the belly, upper chest and groin fur. This creates “air conditioning for the body”. From above, you can’t even tell the cats been shaved.
A lot of cats get wiggly or upset when shaved, so doing JUST a belly shave keeps drama to a minimum.
With an air-conditioned belly, you can put a leash on your MC or Siberian and head to the nearest park.