Heat stroke in cats

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Efreya Waitecker
Cats do not have sweat glands like us, so it is much more difficult for them to regulate their body temperature than humans. This makes them much more sensitive to heat stroke.

A cat's normal body temperature is between 38 and 39°C and, if for any reason, it exceeds 39°C you should look for the cause of the problem. A higher temperature may indicatefever, due to some illness, or it may be indicative of heat stroke, in which case the temperature may rise rapidly to 42°C.

In this case you must act quickly, as in severe cases, it can result in the death of the cat.In general, heat stroke usually occurs in confined and poorly ventilated spaces, such as a closed room, a car, a

Black-haired cats are more prone to heat stroke because the black color absorbs more heat. Likewise, flat-nosed cats, such as the Persian, are more prone to heat stroke because the shape of the nose causes a worse natural ventilation to the cat.

The symptoms of heat stroke can be more or less obvious depending on the severity, butcats are generally more lethargic, with little desire to move, their heart rate increases and breathing becomes difficult. You can also sometimes see that the mucous membranes of the gums turn blue, and may have muscle tremors or vomiting.

If we see that our cat is suffering from heat stroke, we must act immediately.To lower thebody temperature, take him to a cool place and apply cool water (not too cold) to his neck, head, groin and armpits.

When he has stabilised a little, go quickly to the vet, who will give him a full examination and tell us the best way to treat him.

The author of this blog is a lifelong animal lover with a passion for writing. She has years of experience working with animals, both in zoos and in private homes, and she brings that knowledge to her writing. Whether she's writing about training your dog or the best way to care for your cat, her goal is always to provide accurate and helpful information.