It’s full-on summer in the Algarve, and we’ve been in heat-management mode: opening up the flat in the evening for maximum cooling, then closing the windows and blinds by late morning to keep out the heat. It works surprisingly well, as long as we button everything up in time. But there are still certain rooms that are cooler than others. Our cat, a veteran of furry heat management, knows precisely where the coolest spot is.
Both of our bathrooms are fully tiled, neither have windows, and neither have any outside walls. In the summer, this means they are the last space to heat up and the first space to cool down.
In addition, the top of our wicker clothes hamper makes for a perfectly aerated sleeping perch, the better to dissipate a cat’s body heat. So this is where we’ll find our cat for 8–10 hours per day, with occasional breaks for food, wandering outside to check the temperature, and shedding another clump of fur to join the drifts already rolling around our flat.
This will go on until some time in late September, when I will be graced with the first sign of autumn: a cat in my lap.
Absorbing or dissipating, it’s all about the heat.
(Click the image to furrify.)