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    How to recognize a heatstroke in your cat?

    Articlecat health and wellbeingWednesday 08 June 2011
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    Heat stroke or hyperthermia is a life threatening medical condition in which the body's internal organs (liver, kidneys, lungs, heart, brain, etc.) begin to shut down as a result of elevated body temperature caused by high temperatures and humidity.

    As for humans, we are able to reduce our body temperature by releasing sweat at the surface of the skin. What about cats? Those pets also protect themselves but by panting and licking the fur however they are more likely to become overheated as they are not the best ways to cool down. The cat's body temperature is approximately 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit, or 38.2 to 39.2C. If the outside temperature is warmer than the cat's internal temperature heatstroke is a very real possibility.

    The heatstroke is one of the summer threats your pet might suffer from. However, the symptoms are very easy to notice. Whenever you stay too long in the sun, you might become dizzy, have heart palpitations and the internal temperature might increase. This also applies to your cat.

    Early symptoms of heat stroke and dehydration are:

    • Rapid Panting
    • Anxiety, possibly demonstrated by pacing
    • Increased heartbeat
    • Respiratory distress or hyperventilation
    • Dark red gums or pale gums
    • Lethargy or Coma
    • Bright red tongue
    • Salivating (thick)
    • Weakness and Dizziness
    • Muscle tremors
    • Capillary refill time of less than 1 second
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhoea
    • Bleeding from the nose

    Read how to help your cat avoid heatstroke here.

     

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