Something that not many consider is that high temperatures can put the health of our kittens at risk, that is why we want to help you learn about the basic preventive measures and what you should do in the face of the first symptoms of heatstroke in cats, now that temperatures are starting to rise.
Heatstroke in cats
The first thing you have to know is to recognize the symptoms of hyperthermia or heat shock, in order to be clear about how to act in the event that this occurs.
You must take into account that the normal body temperature of your kitten is somewhat higher than that of humans, varying between 38º – 39.2º, and that for them, panting and sweating of their paws are the only mechanisms with the ones that count to try to combat suffocating temperatures. That is why our role as owners is fundamental.
Cat heat stroke symptoms
That is to say, a lazy attitude in which we notice that he does not really want to move.
If your cat suffers from heatstroke, you will notice that their breathing is rapid and/or it is difficult for them to breathe.
Heart rate variation
In these types of circumstances, a cat’s heart rate is clearly accelerated.
This can be clear evidence of dehydration.
Blue mucous membranes
Mucous or saliva that is bluish in color is an obvious sign of hyperthermia.
Generally, these shiverings are accompanied by vomiting.
How to prevent heat shock in cats?
- The first thing is to avoid leaving it in closed places with little ventilation, such as inside cars with windows closed.
- Prevent him from leaving the house during the hottest hours.
- Keep clean and fresh water freely available.
- You should always have a shady place to shelter
- Finally, at any sign, it is important that you take him immediately to his veterinary doctor.