Cats only sweat through the pads on their feet, or they pant. Their body temperature rises quickly when they are subjected to high temperatures. When this happens they go through heat exhaustion and then get heat stroke. Therefore, if the temperature of the cat’s body is not brought down fast, it can cause damage to the cats’ major organs. Sometimes a cat can even die from cat heat stroke. They like to be in where it is cool or at least in a cool area.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke:
Rapid or restless moods are a key because your cat is trying to find a cool place to lay down and rest. Your cat might have a red mouth or a red tongue because it is so dry and thirsty. This could also be a sign of dehydration. In worst case scenarios, your cat could even be getting sick and vomiting and even worse collapse. Sometimes they even go unconscious and go into a coma. It is very important to get your cat to a veterinarian immediately if these symptoms happen.
What to do in the meantime?
If you find your cat and it is unconscious give it a cool water bath soaking it with water. But don’t get the water in its mouth or nose. Put something frozen under its thighs and take it to the veterinarian as soon as you possibly can.
If your cat is still awake and just showing signs of being tired and heat exhaustion take it to a cooler place and let it rest. Soak it with cool water and let it drink all the water it wants to in order to hydrate itself again.
What a veterinarian would do?
Along with cool water and ice, the veterinarian will also start and intravenous line or an IV to help cool the cat down. It will cool your cat down and lessen the shock to the cat’s body too from the heat it encountered. The cat’s body temperature will be monitored until it is at a safe body temperature once again and if there are no further complications with the cat, you will be allowed to take it home. However, high body temperatures lasting for a long time can cause organ damage to the cat. So, get it to the veterinarian quickly.
Preventing a heat stroke:
To prevent your cat from having a heat stroke watch the weather and see what the high temperature for the day is going to be. Make sure your cat has a cool place to be on really hot days. Also, make sure your cat has plenty of food but especially plenty of fresh drinking water. If you can drop a few ice cubes in the water so it will gradually melt throughout the day as well. This will make for a happy cat.