One of the worst periods of the year for your pet is the summer. High temperatures, insects and a large part of time spent outside the home increase the risk for a variety of accidents, bee stings or heat stroke.
Heat stroke or hyperthermia is an extreme increase in the body temperature of the animal, which can cause serious internal damage and even death.
Cats can not cool down and refresh at the same speed as humans, so they are much more sensitive to the jump of the thermometer. The difference also includes the normal body temperature of the body which is in humans from 36 to 37 ° C, and in cats ranging from 38 to 39 ° C. When the temperature of the body grows to 40 degrees Celsius and above, the animal is in great danger.
There are many causes that can cause an abnormal increase in temperature in cats, as well as in other animals. Most commonly, excessive exposure to sun, excessive activity during the hottest part of the day and lack of hydration.
Although all types of cats can experience a heat stroke, you must pay special attention to particular breeds and cats. Among the most vulnerable are Persian cats, older cats, cats with chronic diseases such as heart and airways, obese cats, and kittens for several months.
If you notice that the cat starts shaking without cause, breathing rapidly, and the tongue and the right change color, do not hesitate in the moment and go to the nearest veterinary station. If possible, go to the car with the help of another person who will help the cat during the ride. By cooling the head and the neck with wet towels, try to slowly lower the animal’s temperature to reach the veterinarian at the best possible conditions.
How to avoid thermal shock?
Never leave the cat in a parked car. This also applies to the coldest months, especially in summer time.
If you are traveling with a cat in the car, ensure that it is adequately ventilated.
If you have an air conditioner, let the temperature difference be matched with the air temperature.
When the cat is in the fresh air, in the garden or on the balcony, prepare her place in the shade where she can escape the sun and heat.
Always prepare fresh and cold water that will be available outside and inside the house.
Avoid intense activity at high temperatures as well as direct exposure to the sun from 11 am to 4 pm.
When staying in a closed window, free yourself from the fresh air and do not leave it alone in the apartment with closed windows and shaded windows.
The temperature in the apartment in a very short time can grow, and the animal will not have where to take.
Before going out of the house make sure your pets have air, water and plenty of shade to get away from the heat.