Video: Heatstroke In Cats
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Heatstroke usually occurs when a cat is locked in a car or other confined space without adequate ventilation on a warm day. When the outside temperature is 24 ° C or more, the temperature inside a poorly ventilated vehicle can reach 39 ° C or more.
Heat stroke is also not uncommon in animals transported to areas with hot climates and did not have the opportunity to acclimatize. Heatstroke is more common in young, well-fed and elderly cats than others.
Signs of heatstroke are scratching, increased heart rate, redness of the mucous membranes (gums) and a frightened, downright numb look. Vomiting may occur. With a sufficiently long heat load, drowsiness and loss of consciousness may occur. Rectal temperature is increased to 41-43 ° C. Urgent action is needed here.
The cat should be dipped in cold water. If this is not possible, then you need to at least sprinkle cold water on it. At the same time, the skin is massaged and the limbs are flexed and extended to restore normal blood circulation. After that, the cat must be taken to the veterinarian who will continue treatment. If this is not possible, then periodically measure the rectal temperature for 24 hours; because an initial improvement in condition and a decrease in temperature are often followed by an increase. It is also suggested to do a cold water enema if, 10-15 minutes after the measures taken, the temperature has not yet reached 39.5 ° C. However, after this, the rectal temperature measurement ceases to be reliable.
How to prevent heatstroke? On hot days, take water with you on your trip and give it to your cat often and in small portions. A damp towel that you can use to cover your cat or the bag it is in will also keep you cool by evaporating moisture. When leaving the cat in the car, open the windows. However, it's best to just not leave it there.
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