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Heat Stroke in Cats

Posted on: Jan 4 2019
cat on a hot summer's day - look out for heat stroke

Heat stroke is often associated with dogs but heat stroke is a problem for cats too. If you’re facing hot summer days, it is wise to keep an eye on the well-being of your fluff balls. Heat stroke or heat stress is a very serious condition and is the result of cats not being able to lose heat faster than heat is being generated. If left untreated it will result in tissue injury and other complications. Here are the signs to look out for:


  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Little urination
  • Fast panting/breathing distress
  • Drooling and salivating
  • Weakness and lethargy
  • Dark red or pale gums
  • Diarrhoea
  • Seizures
  • Muscle tremors
  • Bleeding from the nose


What you can do if you suspect your cat is suffering from heat stroke

  • Remove your cat from the heat immediately
  • Apply cool/tepid water (not ice-cold water) to their fur and skin
  • Fan your cat to help with heat loss
  • Take your cat to the nearest vet


What will the vet do for heat stroke?

It is advisable that you always seek help from a vet in the case of heat stroke. The vet will be able to assess the vital signs and temperature of your cat and determine the best course of action. Your cat may need an intravenous drip, blood tests, oxygen, medication or cooling treatments.


Risk Factors

  • Flat faced cats – some cat breeds are more susceptible to heat stroke than others – flat faced cats like Persians, Himalayans or Exotic Shorthairs – will have more trouble losing heat due to the shortened snout length.
  • Age – older or younger cats are at increased risk
  • Weight – overweight cats are more prone to heat stress due to the extra fat cells
  • Existing medical conditions – cats that already suffer from asthma or kidney disease will be susceptible to heat stress
  • Fur – thicker fur leads to more insulation and darker fur more heat absorption


Prevention is Better than a Cure

If you know you’re facing some hot summer days, here are some practical tips to ward off heat stress in your cat:

  • Ensure your cat has plenty of clean, fresh water
  • Have a cool, indoor space with good airflow for your cat
  • Don’t leave your pet in the car


Karingal Vet Hospital

If you need advice or suspect your cat is suffering from heat stroke, please give us a call or pop into our cat clinic in Frankston.


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328 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, VIC, 3199

P: (03) 9789 3444

The Karingal Veterinary Hospital is open 7 days a week.

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- 9am-5pm Saturday,
- Temporarily closed on Sundays Due To Covid,

- We will remain closed from the 25th Dec 2020 - 28th Dec 2020 & on 1st Jan 2021

* We are closed on public holidays.