Taking Care of your Cat from the Heat
The cat and the heat only get along in winter. It is not strange to see them take refuge under blankets or on radiators in search of the warmest place in those days. However, in summer you must be very attentive, because your kitty could suffer a heat stroke, which can lead to fainting or even dying.
Today we not only show you what are the symptoms that can warn you that your cat is in trouble due to the heat, but we also give you some tips and advice to avoid it
Symptoms of heat stroke in cats
When a cat is affected by heat, either because it has played intensively in times of high sun, or because it does not have a resting place in the shade, it may present the following symptoms:
- Excessive salivation
- Increased body temperature
- Dark and richly colored gums
As soon as we detect these signs, you should go immediately with your feline to the vet, but not before starting to rehydrate him.
Keeping one or more containers around the house with fresh water is vital, make sure it is within reach all day. Likewise, to encourage him to drink water, you can place a cat fountain. Well, although they are not excited about bathing, the movement of the water attracts them a lot.
Take Care of the Coat
Cats shed more hair in summer than in winter, so it is necessary to brush it daily, getting rid of dead hair, and also preventing knots from forming in their fur.
On the other hand, if you have long hair, make an appointment to have your hair trimmed, so that it is cool during the hottest season.
Protect it from the Sun
Never leave your cat outside the house or allow him to go out during the hottest hours. In the same way, make sure that their places of rest and recreation are in the shade, and that they are kept at a comfortable temperature.
Create cool Places
Cats know what is best for them, and you may find it in summer napping in front of a fan. However, do not leave your well-being on your own.
Buy a bed that is raised off the ground, or place a cold water bottle under your mattress. Adjust the temperature of your house not only to help you cope with the hot summer, but so that your cat also has the best possible time.
Make use of Wet Towels
Although as I have already mentioned, cats do not like baths, they tolerate wet towels quite well, just make sure they are hypoallergenic. By cooling him with these, you do the same thing they do when grooming, which is to regulate body temperature by cooling his coat.
Pay special attention to senior cats, obese, suffering from heart or respiratory diseases, or those with a flat face, as they are more susceptible to heat stroke.
Now that you know how to take care of your cat from the heat, we hope that you are always attentive to ensure its well-being during the summer