If You Don’t Know These Cat Heat Stroke Symptoms, You’ll Regret It

The world’s big wigs may still be debating whether climate change is happening or not, but there’s one thing we here at Easyology Pets know—the heat we feel can’t get any more real.

With summer just around the corner, we’re sure the high temperatures we’re experiencing are starting to get to you and, of course, your cats. The only problem is, unlike with us humans, they can’t easily cool off by sweating or taking a nice long dip in a cold pool or tub. The result? They’re at a higher risk of getting heat stroke.

If You Don’t Know These Cat Heat Stroke Symptoms, You’ll Regret It

Top 5 Cat Heat Stroke Symptoms

Otherwise known as hyperthermia, heat stroke is a medical condition caused by high temperatures and humidity.

A cat’s normal body temperature is set at 99.5 to 102.5 °F, which is higher than human’s. However, they can only sweat through their paw pads and are typically averse to getting soaked in water. Due to these two reasons, they are more likely to suffer from heat stroke, which can lead to a high fever, organ failure, coma, and even death if not treated immediately.

Excessive Grooming Is a Clear Sign of Cat Heat Stroke

So if you find your buddy suddenly doing or displaying these cat heat stroke symptoms, be wary. She’s suffering from extreme heat and will collapse soon:

  • Restlessness—Trying to find a cooler spot, your cat will constantly move from one place to another.
  • Sweaty Paws and Excessive Grooming—To feel cooler, she will also attempt to continuously wet her fur.
  • Rapid Panting and Drooling—Panting is another common way cat uses to hopefully relieve heat. If kitty is panting too fast and is drooling too much along with it, she’s on her way to getting a heat stroke.
  • Lethargy and Stumbling—Cats can be quite lazy, but if they barely moved from a spot or always stumble when they do, she’s likely out of energy due to extreme heat.
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea—These are your cat’s body’s response to becoming too warm; a way to cleanse and hopefully heal.

Cat Heat Stroke First Aid

As soon as you notice your furry buddy exhibiting any of the cat heat stroke symptoms, do the following to avoid further damage:
1. Transfer your cat to a cool spot in your home.
2. Wet a towel with cool water (not cold!) and wipe her body. Place the damp towel over her.
3. Give her water to drink. If she’s unable to do so herself, use a dropper or a child’s syringe to hydrate her.
4. Make sure to monitor her temperature using a rectal thermometer.
5. If she becomes or remains unconscious, immediately bring her to the vet for further treatment.

Bring Your Cat to the Vet If She Becomes or Remains Unconscious

Cat heat stroke is real and should be treated quickly and seriously. If you suspect your cat is experiencing heat stroke, act fast and follow our first aid treatment.  

Do you have other methods for keeping your cat cool and comfortable amid the scary summer heat? Is there another cat heat stroke treatment that you think work better than our version? Make sure to share your thoughts and tips with us in the comment section below!

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