Thermometers rises, the days becomes hotter, especially in the afternoon. For us, as humans, in general, we can feel a mere discomfort; but, for our cats summer heat can be a very difficult condition to deal with. Cats, in fact, suffer a lot from heat, and they show us through some flashy behaviors that we can not ignore.
These animals, with an independent and curious character, love to stay cool in summer. But if they do not find the most favorable conditions at home or in the garden, the risk of a heat stroke or a flight in search of a better climate is always around the corner!
The heat stroke in cats:
The average body temperature of a cat is between 38 and 39 degrees. The first thing, then, is check it, from time to time, especially if our kitten loves to stay outdoor. Cats which suffer more of heat strokes are those who have a long and thick hair: Persians, Norwegian cats and Main Coon are among the most delicate and exposed to this risk. But even Sphynx, also called “naked cats”, suffers from exposure to heat and sunlight because of its delicate and completely free from hair skin.
But so, how to recognize a heat stroke? Like dogs, even cats show clear signals: first, hyperthermia manifests itself with excessive salivation, tired breath, vomit, lethargy. So, check often its mucous membranes, such as the palate or the tongue: a darker coloration indicates that something is wrong!
How to prevent the cat from getting hot: some tips
Kittens need some extra care than our dogs: this is because their character and natural behaviour often leads them to communicate disorders in totally different ways to their owners. To prevent the cat from suffering the heat, and to exclude very dangerous consequences for his health, here are some daily practices you should follow:
- Home environment: pay attention to the air conditioner, which mitigates air! Cats, in fact, are very easy to cold. So, it’s better, then, to opt for a fan which points upward: the air will be cooler, and your cat will certainly feel much more comfortable. Don’t forget to create shadow in the home areas that your cat loves most.
- Water: not always an enemy for cats! During the hottest hours, or when you notice that your kitten breathes heavily, or he keeps the mouth open, try gently to wipe with fresh water its fingertips, so that body temperature will low in a few seconds. And do not forget to leave a bowl of fresh water at its disposal.
- Pay attention when travelling by car: for our four-legged friends, nothing is worse than a sudden heat rush. So, if you are planning a vacation and your cat will come with you, remember to refresh the car using air conditioner but without exposing your pet directly to cod air. In addition, you can cover the window with a towel, to create a fresh shade in the part of the seats where you put the carry case.
Kittens in summer: why a GPS tracker can help you (and them)!
You are not yet in vacation, and your cat is, as it often happens, at home waiting for you? Do you want to know how it is, especially during these hot days, to see if everything is right and ok? A smart GPS for animals can certainly help you in controlling its behavior during these hot days. In fact, GPS for cats, like Kippy Vita, thanks to its Messaging feature, can locate and test your dog’s activities in real time while you are away.
Connecting to your best friend with this feature will be easier, as you will receive messages directly on your portable device that will inform you of its lively (well, almost!) voice. Discover any movement, amount of food or water assumed, and just enjoy the best part of the summer with your four-legged best friend!