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Keeping your cat cool during the hot summer months

Friday, August 12, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

On a sizzling hot summer day like the ones we’ve been having this summer, your cat can easily become overheated. Sometimes we don’t realize that our feline friends can become overheated easily just like dogs. Cats are very vulnerable to heatstroke. Signs that you should look for are panting, fast heart beat, dark, red gums and weakness.  If your cat’s temperature gets too high, never give him pet medication yourself. Get him to a vet right away.  Your vet may advise you to cool the cat before coming in. You can do this by pouring luke warm water over your pets chest, shoulders and feet. Don’t use cold water because it can be dangerous. When his temperature has dropped to 103 degrees, dry him off, wrap him up and head out to your vet. Your vet will use fluids to bring his temperature down. He’ll also check for damage to his internal organs. If the heat stroke was light to moderate, your cat will recover quickly.

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