Heatstroke in the cat: symptoms and remedies

Summer has arrived and, with it, the high temperatures which, as can be deduced, are not only dangerous for humans but also for animals, especially cats. These, in fact, love to lie down in the sun (but why? here you find the answer), but sometimes it can be a risk because their sweat glands are not distributed all over the body, but concentrated in the legs and in the areas where they have less hair.

They take a long time to lick themselves to lower their body temperature. Heatstroke in the cat can occur at any time, especially when the degree of humidity is very high.

The consequences of heatstroke can be quite lethal.

The symptoms of heatstroke in your cat are:

  • muscle tremor;
  • accelerated heartbeat;
  • increased body temperature;
  • she pants or stays open for a long time;
  • excessive salivation (drooling);
  • gums too dark in color;
  • vomiting;
  • high blood pressure;
  • apathy and/or immobility;
  • difficulty breathing (especially for cats with flattened faces).

If you think your cat is having one, take her to the vet or nearest veterinary facility immediately. If there is any impediment and it is therefore not possible to take your cat to a check-up immediately, it is advisable to move her to a cool place away from the sun first. Gently apply damp (not cold) cloths to the head, neck, armpits and groin. This will help the blood flow to the brain and prevent the kitten from suffering brain damage.

Even if the cat won’t like it at all, you have to lower its body temperature by wetting it with cool, not cold, water. Cold water can cause a thermal shock. Start by wetting her extremities like legs, tail, snout, forehead; only after a few minutes you can move on to her groin and back.

It is essential to wet his tongue and snout with a sprayer continuously, do not force him to drink!

Remember that it is essential not to wrap him in towels because they would not evaporate the heat (the towels create a hood) and, therefore, lower his body temperature.

Our advice, however, is to run straight to the vet!

To prevent this from happening again, remember not to leave him in cramped places or excessively sunny rooms; check that he remains lying in direct sunlight for not too long. Try, moreover, to make him drink a lot (the poor water intake is one of the main causes of heat stroke); if he really doesn’t want to know about water, feed him some wet food. In this article, you can find all the tips on how to help your cat cope with the summer heat.


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