Emergency Vets

Heat Stroke in Cats!

sick cat

As Auckland’s temperatures increase please pay close attention to your cat!

Cats like to hide under houses to stay cool in these hot conditions but due to the immense dry heat this summer your cat may develop the signs leading to heat stroke.

Know the signs of heat stroke

Initial signs that typically indicate that the heat is causing some distress for your cat are…

• Rapid pulse and breathing
• Redness of the tongue and mouth
• Vomiting
• Lethargy
• Panting, sweaty feet, drooling, excessive grooming
• Restless behavior as your cat tries to find a cool spot
• Stumbling, staggering
• Rectal temperature is over 105° F

If your cat is still conscious but showing signs of heat exhaustion, immediately take your cat to a cool environment, soak with cool water and let them drink all the water that they want.
Take him in a wet towel to your vet immediately as they may require further assistance to aid a full recovery

If your cat is found unconscious in a hot environment, soak him with cool water, being careful to keep the water out of the nose and mouth.
Place a bag of ice or frozen veggies between the legs and get your cat to the veterinarian immediately.

If the body temperature is not brought down quickly, serious organ damage or death could result.

If you are concerned about your cat health call us, we are open for all your pet emergencies. We are North Shore Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care practice located at
96 B Ellice Road in Glenfield Phone 443 5640
Know where to go to in an out of hours pet emergency out of hours!