First of all, we need to understand the physiology of cats: the ancestors of cats lived in the high-temperature regions of the Sahara Desert, so cats can tolerate higher temperatures more than humans. The average body temperature of a cat is 38.5°C. Generally, the human body will feel uncomfortable when the climate exceeds 38.6°C, but the cat will feel uncomfortable at 52°C. If there is drinking water, their heat resistance limit is 56°C.
In fact, the probability of cat heatstroke is quite small. Cats are different from dogs. They seldom go out to play. When the summer is hot, cats usually find a cool place by themselves, so they generally don’t suffer from heatstroke. Of course, there are exceptions. For example, leaving a cat alone in the car, even for a few minutes, is prone to accidents.
Signs of cat heatstroke
If the following signs appear, it means that the cat has heat stroke: body temperature rises to about 41-42°C, mouth gasps, nose is red but dry and hot, conjunctiva and oral mucosa flushing, anorexia, vomiting, general weakness, and accelerated heart rate. In severe cases, symptoms of dehydration, foaming at the mouth, purple mucous membranes, cramps, and coma may occur.
So how to prevent cat heatstroke
1. If you let the cat stay in the air-conditioned room for an hour or two and then take it out suddenly, it will be more likely to catch a cold or heat stroke. The best way is not to adjust the temperature of the air conditioner too low.
2. Supplement enough water for the cat, the owner can prepare a few more cat water dishes in the place where the cat often rests.
3. Don't take your cat out when it is sweltering and hot. The time for walking the cat should be changed to cool early morning and after dinner.