5 Signs Of Heat Stroke In Cats

| Published on June 4, 2015

Cats seem to be more resilient when it comes to heat than dogs – Dr. Kathryn Primm, owner of Applebrook Animal Hospital and the “Animal Stuff You Wonder About” blog, has even seen cats survive the dryer! However, a cat can still suffer from heat exhaustion and even stroke if left outside in severe heat with no water or shade, left in a car, or in a house that is too warm. It’s good to know the signs of heat exhaustion as the weather gets warm. In addition, cats with those adorable smooshed faces (Persians, Himayalan, Exotics, etc.) or cats that are overweight are more prone to overheating. Here are 5 signs of overheating to look for in your cat. If you see any of these signs, take your cat to the vet immediately.

#1 – Panting

Open mouth breathing is not normal by cats and should be checked out by a vet, says Dr. Primm. Although it may be something other than heat stroke, it requires medical attention.

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#2 -Collapse

Dr. Primm also mentions collapse. If your cat collapses, she needs to be rushed to the vet.

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#3 -Vomiting

Like with any of us, a cat can vomit due to being too warm. If your cat is not feel well, a vet visit is in order – the sooner the better.

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Image source: @TomasFano via Flickr


#4 – Lethargy

In cats, this can be a hard one to notice because they sleep so much anyway. But if your cat is awake but not alert or moving, there is something wrong.

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#5 -High Temperature

Normal temperature for a cat is between 100-103 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything over 103 is elevated and should be seen by a vet. 105 and over is life-threatening and your cat needs to see the vet immediately. (petmd.com).

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Image source: Petsmart.com


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