Is my cat in danger of heatstroke?

mitchellgordon

Hello!

My cat absolutely loves to lay in the sun and with the nice weather we've been having, I always find him napping in a ray of sunshine. Sometimes he stays so long that he feels really hot to the touch and even starts panting! But he won't move! He loves it!

Is this dangerous? Should I try to get him to move when he's been in the sun for too long? Sometimes I'm worried he could get heatstroke, but then again, he would move if he felt he was in danger right?

Thank you so much for your advice on this!

2 Answers
Wiggle1991

Cats love the sun, so this is totally normal. 

Make sure there are plenty of outlets for water for them to drink from, cats tend to rely on rain water collected in places like plant pots. They rarely drink from a bowl right next to their feeding bowl. If you want to discretely put some water over their food that can help too.

If you're ever unsure a vet visit never goes a miss. 

Hi Mitchell,

 Cats do not respond to heat in the same way that we do. We have sweat glands all over our bodies that help us regulate our temperature, whereas cats only have a few in their feet and around their noses. Their long thick hair coats can also predispose them to heat stroke.

As they’re not able to cool themselves down as easily as us, we have to be extra careful to provide them with a cool, well-ventilated and shaded environment with access to clean fresh drinking water.

for your concerns these are symptoms to watch out for, if you are concerned before hand then try to shoo them away or close the curtains. (May seem cruel but could save their life)

  • Panting which increases as heatstroke progresses
  • Drooling, salivating
  • Agitation, restlessness
  • Very red or pale gums
  • Bright red tongue
  • Increased heart rate
  • Breathing distress
  • Vomiting Diarrhea (possibly with blood)
  • Signs of mental confusion, delirium
  • Dizziness, staggering
  • Lethargy, weakness
  • Muscle tremors
  • Seizures
  • Collapsing and lying down
  • Little to no urine production
  • Coma

Heat stroke is an emergency condition so if you suspect it I advise calling your local vets ASAP.

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