Do You Know the Signs of Feline Heatstroke? June 07 2018

Do you know the signs of feline heatstroke? While cats are usually less susceptible to heat exhaustion, as they are generally kept as indoor pets and if they are outdoors, aren't taken on exhaustive excursions. 

However, it is still possible for cats to get overheated in the summer if they get too much exercise or can't find some shade. Cats can also sneak into open cars, garages or attics and get trapped and overheat, so during the hot summer days, keep an eye on these key places. 

Signs and Symptoms

Cats initially exhibit these symptoms 

  • Restless behavior as your cat tries to find a cool spot
  • Panting, sweaty paw pads, drooling, excessive grooming in an effort to cool off
  • Rectal temperature is usually normal to slightly elevated

As your cat's body temperature continues to rise, the symptoms will progress:

  • Rapid pulse and breathing
  • Redness of the tongue and mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Stumbling, staggering gait
  • Rectal temperature over 105° F

If you suspect your pet has heatstroke or they are showing signs of heatstroke:

Know how to do Emergency First Aid at home if you suspect your pet has heatstroke. Initial emergency treatment at home should aim to normalize body temperature.

  • Remove your pet from the hot environment immediately.
  • Apply cool, wet towels over the back of the neck, in the armpits and in the groin region. You may also wet the earflaps and paws with cool water.
  • Do not use ice-cold water or ice as this may worsen the problem.
  • Then take your pet to the nearest Veterinarian immediately.
  • Heatstroke is an emergency – always see a vet.

 

Prevention:

Be sure your cat always has access to cool shady areas and plenty of water. Never leave your cat (or dog, for that matter) confined in a car unattended, or anywhere else that they can’t escape the sun or heat. Keep her inside on very hot days, or treat her to a homemade catsicle

 

Via PetMD, Petfinder