It’s July, arguably the hottest month of the year! You are likely wondering how high a temperature your outdoor or indoor/outdoor cat can take. While the answer varies from cat to cat, one should exercise caution and care in how much hot weather your cat is exposed to. Can cats overheat in hot weather? Yes; here is more information to equip you and your pet for the summer.
Can Cats Overheat in Hot Weather?
Cats overheat in hot weather depending on the temperature, the humidity, and each feline’s medical health. Concerning temperature, your cat likely feels the heat if you feel it. Humans and cats feel heat and humidity in similar ways. For instance, people typically feel like the weather is hotter when it is more humid. The same goes for your pet cat. Each cat will have different tolerance levels, but if you feel like the heat is overbearing, it probably is for your cat, too. If your cat has a specific medical condition, it may also be harder to bear the heat.
If You Suspect Your Cat Has Heatstroke
Cats do not sweat as people do. When they sweat, it is only through their paw pads and nose. When they groom themselves, the evaporating saliva may operate similarly to human sweat, but not as efficiently. Cats will also seek out shade and slow down their movements to accommodate the weather.
Even so, signs of feline heatstroke include:
- Red gums or tongue
- Glazed eyes
- Difficulty breathing
- Rapid heart rate
- Balance issues
If you suspect your cat is suffering from heatstroke, even mildly, it is best to put a cool (not cold) compress on your cat and take it to the vet at once.
How to Prevent Your Cat from Overheating
There are multiple ways to keep your cat from overheating in hot weather.
- Keep your pet indoors during the hottest days.
- Provide fresh water outdoors.
- Provide shade outdoors.
- Brush your cat to get rid of all of its winter coat if necessary.
- Never leave your cat in the car even in balmy weather.
- Have an emergency plan to stay cool if the power goes out.
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