Summer Safety: Keep Your Cat Safe In A Heatwave

The summer is coming and that means so is the heat. A cat can get heatstroke just like a human or a dog. Be sure to keep your cat safe from heat related injuries. Cats can only pant or sweat through their foot pads to release excess heat. As a cat’s body temperature rises, the cat can suffer from heat exhaustion and then eventually heat stroke can set in.

1. Make Sure Your Cat Is Nice And Cool

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When the heat really turns up it’s best to keep your cat in a cool, air conditioned environment. Make sure your cat has lots of shade and cool water to drink. Never leave a cat in a parked car. Temperatures in a car heat up drastically, even in cooler months, and it’s deadly to your cat.

2. Know The Signs Of Heatstroke

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If your cat is panting, lethargic, vomiting, or having trouble standing, your cat could be exhibiting signs of heatstroke. You need to cool your cat down immediately and seek medical treatment. If you can’t get the body temperature down quick enough, your can can suffer serious organ damage or death.

3. Lots Of Fresh Cool Water

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Make sure your cat has multiple places to get a nice cool drink of water in your home. One water bowl is just not going to do it in hotter months. It’s best to have a water station in all of their favorite hang out locations.

4. Save Play Time For Evenings When It’s Cooler

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Don’t challenge your cat to play vigorous games in the hottest part of the day. Save physical activity for the cool evening hours or early mornings.

5. Brush Your Cat A Lot

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If you keep your cat groomed and free from mats, tangles, and excess fur it’s a lot easier for her body to cool off.