How hot is too hot for cats?Kira
How hot is too hot for Cats?
Endlessly we hear about how the heat is bad for dogs, that it can hurt their paws and dehydrate them. But what about cats? We at PawTrack have compiled a list of important information that you should know in order for you cat to enjoy this long summer with you!
Let us start with some precaution that cat owners should take in this heat for their cats, as if we are sweating, there’s a high chance that your cat would like some cooling down too!
The RSPCA gives some tips on how to keep your cat cool in this weather, including:
-Never leaving your cat in the car unattended
-Ensuring there is a cool place inside and outside that is shaded for them to sit
– Keeping windows and doors open where safe to do so.
– A damp towel to lay on
– Fresh cold water when it starts to get warm
Some tips that I hadn’t thought of myself include that of keeping your cat groomed at a good length in the summer and pet safe sun cream for those with not so furry, furry friends! Up for debate is putting ice in a cat’s bowl, though this is only recommended to those who can ensure that their cat does not bite into ice and break their teeth!
Heatstroke in Hot Cats: what to look for:
There are some universal signs that are easy to spot when it comes to overheating in cats, these being:
A rapid heartbeat
Loss of appetite
Hot stomach and underarms
Though unlike dogs, these can be subtle and may not have a noticeable tell. If in any doubt, contact your local vet for reassurance.
Therefore, it always comes down to the question, how hot is too hot for cats?
It is widely believed that a temperature above 100°F (37.7°C) is not suitable for cats without the high risk over overheating. Though it is past 95 °F (35°C) that they are unable to keep themselves cool and seek your help. Any body temperature above 104°F (40°C) is when things would be considered more high risk.
The Royal Veterinary College posts more information surrounding higher risk cats in these temperatures, such as old age and cats who are overweight.
More scientifically, Edward Adolph has done his own research on the catastrophic effects these temperatures can have on any house hold pet in the 1940’s found here.
As always, with any concern with your pets, always seek medical advice and never underestimate the seriousness of the matter.