Can you recognize heat stroke in cats?

It’s the first day of summer and soon we will experience – we hope – some very warm days!  Do you know how to tell if your cat has heat stroke? Here is some information to help you! But, be sure to contact your vet too!

SIGNS

  • Rapid breathing, panting
  • Increased cardiac rhythm
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Staggering

 

WHAT TO DO

If your cat is conscious:

  • Move your cat to a cool spot.
  • Make fresh water available to your cat. Let her drink all the water she wants but to not force her to drink.
  • Gradually cool your cat: wet the cat with cool (not cold) water.
  • Call and bring your cat to your vet as soon as possible.

If your cat is not conscious:

  • Rush your cat to the vet urgently!

Remember: heat stroke  is very dangerous. Please call your vet for professional assistance for the welfare of your pet.

 

PREVENTION IS BEST!

Your cats will appreciate having an ample supply of cool, fresh water to drink and cool areas to rest with good air circulation during the summer.  Your cat seeks out these areas instinctively: you might find her resting on the cooler bathroom tiles and even in the bathtub!

Remember: never leave a pet in a vehicle or other in other areas where they are not protected from the heat. Please consult your vet for professional advice regarding your pet’s care.

 

The Odour Buster Team wishes you and your pet a happy and safe summer!