Feline heatstroke advice from Vet Darren
June 29, 2023
Have you noticed your cat sunbathing? Does it seem to be one of their favourite pastimes?
At Molesey Vets, we know how tempting it can be for cats to find a sunny window ledge and relax for an hour or two. However, cats are susceptible to heatstroke which can be life-threatening without prompt veterinary treatment. As owners, it is our job to monitor their heat exposure and help them avoid this condition.
Vet Darren has created this article to discuss heatstroke, what signs to look for and how owners can prevent it. Contact us at Molesey Vets for more advice on 0208 979 1384.
How to keep your cat safe this summer
As it starts to heat up in Surrey, it is essential that you try to keep your cat in a well-ventilated, cool room. This immediately helps to prevent them from overheating and also avoids hazards such as toxic plants or injuries caused by traffic.
We know some cats love to roam so try to encourage them inside as often as you can during the hotter months.
Your cat needs free access to clean and fresh water at all times. As the temperature increases, their water consumption will also increase so regularly checking their water bowl will help to keep them hydrated. Better still, Vet Darren suggests placing multiple water bowls down around the house, especially in cooler areas like in the bathroom or on the kitchen tiles. This will help to keep their body temperature down. If your cat does have access outside, make sure you place a water bowl some shady for them as well.
Avoid exercise during the hottest parts of the day
Avoid exercising your cat during the hottest parts of the day, such as midday when the sun is at its peak. Instead, exercise your cat in the early morning or late evening when the temperature is cooler.
Fans and air conditioning units will help to keep your house cool for your cats. They help to circulate the air and regulate the temperature so your pet will have some relief from the external sun. Again, allowing them access to parts of the house that are tiled or have cold surfaces will also help them find a cooler spot to relax in.
Groom your cat regularly
One often overlooked tip from Vet Darren is making sure you regularly groom your cat in the summer months. This will remove any excess fur and matting. This is fur that could potentially trap heat, making your cat hot and uncomfortable and more susceptible to heatstroke.
Heatstroke signs to look for
Heatstroke should be treated as a veterinary emergency. If your cat is exhibiting any of the following signs, they may require immediate attention.
Call Molesey Vets on 0208 979 1384 to speak to one of our vets in East Molesey.
- Reddened gums or tongue
- Vomiting or diarrhoea
- Confusion or disorientation
- Seizures or collapse
- Excessive panting or drooling
- Rapid heart rate
- Lethargy or weakness
- Confusion or disorientation
Heatstroke requires prompt treatment to help curb the damage it causes. Contacting your vet is essential and should be done as soon you believe your cat could be suffering from heatstroke. You should also try to cool your cat down by providing them with cool water to drink, wetting their fur with tepid (not cold) water, and placing them in front of a fan.
Vet Darren says that following this advice and knowing what to look for can keep your cat safe during the hot weather. Remember to always provide plenty of water, keep your cat cool, and seek veterinary attention if you suspect your cat is experiencing heatstroke.
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