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Reducing Your Cat’s Body Temperature After a Heat Wave?

    Reducing Your Cat's Body Temperature After a Heat Wave

    Cat heat stroke is less common for Somerset County’s emergency vets to see than dog heat stroke, but it does happen. Today’s post explains how to recognize whether your cat is experiencing heat stroke and what to do about it.

    What Exactly Constitutes a Heat Stroke?

    Extremely high core body temperature is the hallmark of heatstroke. As a general rule, a cat’s internal temperature stays anywhere between 99.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Increases in core body temperature over 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit are considered abnormal unless they are the direct consequence of extreme heat. There is a high risk of overheating and passing out.

    Exhaustion from the heat is a precursor to heat stroke. The cat will suffer heat stroke if not removed from the hot area. When a cat’s core temperature rises over 104 degrees, it risks suffering from heatstroke. Because of the harm done to the body’s cells and organs, this might be an immediate cause of death.

    Severe heat exhaustion necessitates immediate medical attention. If you think your cat is overheating, you should take it to the clinic immediately.

    Overheating in Cats

    Environmental conditions that cause an increase in core body temperature are known as heatstroke, prostration, or hyperthermia. It’s estimated that a cat’s average body temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Your cat needs emergency veterinary care if its fever rises beyond 105.

    The Roots of Feline Heatstroke

    Both cats and dogs are susceptible to heatstroke, which is brought on by prolonged exposure to high temperatures. One of the leading reasons why cats overheat is:

    • Outdoor temperatures are high.
    • No places to take shelter
    • Stuck indoors where it’s hot and stuffy (such as a car)
    • A lack of water availability

    Warning Signs of Cat Heatstroke

    You may notice one or more of the following symptoms if your cat is suffering from heatstroke:

    • Heavy Breathing
    • Exhibiting agitated behavior
    • Feet that are cold and wet
    • Vomiting
    • Lethargy
    • Vibrations in the Muscles
    • Drooling
    • Hygiene Paranoia
    • Lack of coordination
    • Erosion of Trust
    • Seizure
    • Unconsciousness

    Care for a Feline Patient Suffering from Heat Stroke

    There is never a time when heat exhaustion is not an emergency! Heatstroke is a medical emergency, so take your cat to a vet or veterinary hospital immediately if you notice any signs.

    If you suspect your conscious cat is experiencing heatstroke, move it to a large, air-conditioned room, wet its fur with cool (NOT COLD) water, and place ice packs softly on its feet.

    If you need to take your cat to the vet, keep it cool by leaving the windows open or the air conditioning on high.

    The steps your doctor will take to treat your cat’s heatstroke

    Your veterinarian’s goal is to restore your cat’s average body temperature. Water or ice packs may be used to achieve this effect.

    Your veterinarian may also provide intravenous fluids to help reduce your cat’s temperature, alleviate the signs of shock, and lessen the likelihood of permanent organ damage. Oxygen therapy may be required in some instances.

    Your cat’s temperature will be monitored by the clinic personnel at the vet’s office every few minutes until it returns to normal. Cats may quickly recover from heat stroke if the condition is identified and treated early.

    However, heatstroke is a severe risk to the health of cats and dogs. The vet will check for signs of organ damage and other severe problems before letting your cat go home. It may take several days for organ damage to become apparent after heatstroke; thus, it is essential to watch your cat for any signs of illness in the days after its recovery.

    Preventing Heat Stroke in Cats

    On hot days, ensure your cat has a cool, shaded area to relax, give it lots of fresh water, and never leave it in a hot car or burning building.

    This essay is meant to educate readers and should not be construed as professional medical advice for pets. Your pet needs to see the doctor for a proper diagnosis, so schedule an appointment as soon as possible.


    If you have a cat and suspect it has heatstroke, take it to the nearest open veterinarian facility immediately. While traveling to the hospital or clinic, call for advice on safely cooling the patient.

    Taking your cat’s temperature will tell you how serious the problem is. If their body temperature exceeds 104 degrees, you can treat them at home with cooling therapies. Your cat still needs regular veterinarian care.

    An overheated cat requires delicate cooling. Even while it may be tempting to use ice or icy water to cool yourself, doing so might cause more harm than good by narrowing blood vessels. The cat might die from hypothermia if exposed to ice or cold water.

    Calm your cat by following these steps:

    Take them somewhere quiet and airy.

    Provide cold water, but don’t force the cat to drink if it notices the bowl. It is common for cats to refuse to drink water when it is hot outside.

    Put your cat on a towel soaked in cold or lukewarm water. It’s not a good idea to cover your cat in a towel since it might cause overheating. Towels warmed by your cat’s body heat should be tossed out and replaced.

    Soak your cat’s fur with lukewarm water and pat it dry gently.

    If you can turn on a fan.

    Please keep checking your cat’s temperature. All cooling methods must be stopped when the internal temperature hits 103.5 degrees. The risk of hyperthermia increases if the temperature is allowed to drop even lower.

    If a cat becomes overheated, will it pass out or have a heat stroke?

    Most cases of heat stroke begin with heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion may progress to deadly heat stroke if not treated.

    The difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke in a cat is determined by its core body temperature.

    The normal range for a cat’s internal temperature is between 100 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Overheating is a life-threatening condition in cats, and if the first signs of overheating are ignored, the cat’s internal body temperature will rise to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature in the room rises over 103 degrees Fahrenheit, the cat will get overheated and start to sweat excessively. Cats can get heat stroke if their body temperature goes over 104 degrees Fahrenheit and they can’t cool off on their own or aren’t taken out of the hot area.

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