You know how it can be for you: the sun is beating down, you sweat profusely, and you develop a raging thirst. If your heartbeat increases and you feel dizzy, you can easily be suffering from heatstroke. This dangerous medical condition doesn’t just happen to humans. It can also affect your feline as well. Can you imagine being in the heat wearing a fur coat? But with the know-how, you can protect your cat from heatstroke.
Dogs are more often the victims of heatstroke. This is because their human owners tend to take them along when they travel by car. Cats however, can also be affected by the intense heat of the sun without being left in hot cars.
Heatstroke is a serious medical condition that can be deadly. It affects a cat’s entire body. If you don’t protect your cat from heatstroke, he or she can suffer from acute respiratory failure and die.
You can protect your cat from heatstroke if you take the following precautionary measures:
1. Leave Kitty Home
If you like to take your cat with you in the car, do him or her a favor: leave your cat home on hot days. The inside of a car heats up quickly on a hot day. Even with the windows cracked for ventilation, the interior of a car can reach well over a hundred degrees in no time!
If you have to make a trip to the veterinarian, protect your cat from heatstroke by taking it to its appointment, then directly home. Don’t make your cat wait in a stifling hot car while you do errands.
2. Keep Your Cat Hydrated
Your cat needs to have plenty of fresh water all the time. But when it’s hot outside, to protect your cat from heatstroke, you should drop an ice cube in your cat’s water bowl occasionally. This will help cool the water. For some reason, many cats prefer to drink cool water. The lower temperature of the water will help keep your cat cooler too.
If you’re going to be away from home for hours at a time on a hot day, consider placing an additional bowl of fresh water out for your cat.
3. Give Your Cat Access to Cooler Temperatures
With the rising costs of cooling a home by using an air conditioner, people are always looking for ways to cut costs. Cat owners may be tempted to turn the air conditioner off before they leave for the day. While this practice may save a few dollars in energy costs, it won’t help their cat’s health.
4. Your Feline Needs Coolness Outside Too
To help protect your cat from heatstroke while they are outside in the sun, make sure they can get into a shady, cool place. Leave your basement door cracked or your garage door ajar, for two examples. Trees and bushes can provide shade, but they can’t provide your cat a break from the scorching temperature.
To protect you cat from heatstroke, you’ll need to know the external signs you should watch for. They include panting, dehydration, an increase in their heart rate, trouble breathing, dark red gums, and apathy. These are the early signs of this illness. If your cat is vomiting, experiencing diarrhea, or starts having seizures, he or she may well be in the deadliest stages of heatstroke.
If your cat shows any of the symptoms of heatstroke, you’ll need to immediately take action.
Start wiping his or her fur down with cool water and call your veterinarian!
As a responsible cat owner, you need to do all you can to help protect your feline from heatstroke.