5 Tips To Protect Cats From Heat

By Ameera Mills. Updated: September 2, 2018
5 Tips To Protect Cats From Heat

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With good weather come the arrival of high temperatures. Naturally animal caregivers worry about keeping their animal well away from the dangers of heat. This safety is important in maintaining your animal’s well-being and prevent it from from suffering the dreaded, and potentially fatal, heat stroke. Prevention is a basic tool to avoid unnecessary risks.

In this AnimalWised article we will be giving you 5 tips to protect your cat from the heat this coming summer.

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1. Preventing heat stroke

Do cats like heat? Yes, of course, they love to lie in the sun taking advantage of any sun or heat. But when temperatures are high, they also have to protect themselves from the sun, since excessive heat can cause serious complications, such as heat stroke, which is a potentially deadly problem for our cat. Hyperthermia can result as a result of high temperature sun exposure. Hyperthermia results in an increase in body temperature, which triggers a series of reactions in the body that may result in death.

A cat that is suffering from heat stroke will show symptoms, such as:

  • wheezing
  • breathing difficulties
  • intense red discoloration of the mucous membranes
  • fever
  • vomiting
  • hemorrhages
  • shock

If you notice any of these symptoms in your animal we suggest seeking urgent veterinary attention immediately.

In addition to heat stroke, direct exposure to the sun can cause, like in humans, sunburn. Cats are more prone to burns on their noses and ears, specifically if they have white fur.

5 Tips To Protect Cats From Heat - 1. Preventing heat stroke

2. Provide your cat with a fresh environment

The ideal temperature for cats, that is, their normal body temperature is somewhat higher than that of humans but one must take into account that they struggle self-cooling. Humans self-cool easily through sweat. For cats, however, it is more complex because they must lick themselves to cool down from their saliva. They can sweat, but only from their pads.

Thus, the ideal temperature for a cat is equivalent to the ideal temperature for us, both in summer and in winter. Here are some extra tips to use in order to protect cats from heat, specifically applicable to their environment:

  • Include the use of resources such as air conditioning or fans.
  • Keep the blinds down or the curtains drawn in rooms where the sun is stronger.
  • It is advisable to open your windows to ventilate and cool the house. Having cats, it is essential to take precautions to prevent them from falling, as it is common for cats to jump through windows and balconies. Therefore it is vital to install window protections like mosquito nets.
  • Whenever you leave your cat, it should have a shady place with access to fresh water. The bathroom is usually a good place to keep your cat since tiles are kept cold.
  • If the cat has the possibility of going outside in a controlled area, such as a patio or garden, we must also ensure that it has shade and water.
  • Finally, avoid exercises, rough games or racing in times of maximum heat.

3. Ensure adequate hydration

Water is essential to cool a cat in summer. Sometimes cats are reluctant to drink, so it is important that we encourage them to drink water. It is known that cats are attracted to water in movement, so try run a tap or invest in that can be used as drinking troughs.

In hot seasons we must ensure that their water is fresh, therefore you must change it several times a day. Some cats like to play with ice cubes, which can also be used as a trick to cool them down and get them to drink more water. Offering them moist food or broths to drink can also help to maintain their hydration. This is especially important in cats with; kidney problems, kittens, elderly cats, brachycephalic or sick cats, who are all in a more vulnerable position.

5 Tips To Protect Cats From Heat - 3. Ensure adequate hydration

4. Bathing your cat in summer

The mantle of our animals play an important role when it comes to protecting them from the sun, for this reason, the care of their hair becomes very important. Their coat helps them isolate themselves from the heat and protects their skin from sunburn. Although cats maintain a scrupulous grooming routine themselves, we can help them with frequent brushing. In this way we help them eliminate dead hair.

We can also bathe our cat in summer. It is also sufficient to take a wet towel and brush the back of our cat’s neck to cool it down. The water will simulate the cat’s own saliva and the evaporation on its body will help keep it feeling fresh.

If your cat likes water, offer it a small pool with a few centimeters of water, so that your cat covers only the lower part of the legs. They can play with the water and cool off as they please.

5. Holidays and travelling in summer

It is important to consider how you move your cat in summer, even if you’re just taking it to the vet. You need to take some aspects into consideration, for example: traveling in the coolest hours of the day, ie, first in the morning, last in the afternoon or evening.

If the trip is long you should stop to offer your animal water and give it a chance to refresh. If you take your cat on vacation make sure you write down the telephone numbers of the veterinarians in the area, including those that offer emergency services. It is essential, also, that you never leave our cat alone in the car when the temperature is high, as it could die from a heat stroke.

5 Tips To Protect Cats From Heat - 5. Holidays and travelling in summer

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