Cats and Heat Exhaustion

July 21, 2015 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

While a lot of attention is paid to summer safety tips and heat stroke in dogs, let’s also keep in mind our feline friends. Cats can also suffer from the heat and need to be protected during summer’s hottest days. Here are some summer safety tips for your cat.


  1. Keep them inside on very hot days. During warm weather, the only time a cat should be outdoors is in the early morning or after the sun goes down.
  2. Never leave your pet in a hot car unattended.
  3. Be sure your cat always has access to cool shaded areas. Kittens, older cats, longhaired cats, overweight cats, or those who can’t move around well may need your help in staying comfortable. A cool tile floor or in front of an air conditioner or fan may be the perfect spot for your pet.
  4. Give your cat access to plenty of water. While felines aren’t big drinkers, it’s a good idea to encourage them to drink from water during the summer months. Adding ice cubes to their water bowl, placing additional water bowls around your house, or using a pet fountain or all great ways to entice your cat to drink more.


Signs of heat exhaustion in your cat include panting, drooling, excessive grooming in an effort to cool off, rapid pulse and breathing, lethargy, redness of the tongue and mouth, vomiting, and an elevated rectal temperature. If you suspect your cat is suffering from heat exhaustion, seek veterinary attention

Cats Summer Heat

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