Heatstroke In Cats

By Palani_CML

The only way cats have to expel heat from their bodies is panting and sweating through their foot pads. As such, a cat’s body temperature needs to stay regulated or heatstroke could result. Learn more about the signs and treatment for heatstroke in cats from your Millsap veterinarian below.

Signs of Heatstroke in Cats

In addition to excessive panting, rapid breathing, elevated pulse, vomiting, lethargy, a stumbling and off-balance gait, and redness of the tongue are all signs of heatstroke in cats. Without treatment, heat exhaustion with cause the cat to have seizures, collapse, or go into a coma, so it’s important to respond appropriately and immediately.

Immediate Response

If you find your cat conscious but exhibiting the above symptoms, immediately move him to a cool environment and soak him in cool water. Provide plenty of water for him to drink, then take him to your vet’s office immediately.
If you find your cat unconscious, soak him in cool water and rush him to the vet’s office immediately.

Veterinary Care

Once your cat is at the veterinarian’s office, your vet might run cool fluids directly into your cat to lower the body temperature and reduce organ damage. Your cat will be monitored until the body temperature drops. Other symptoms will be treated as needed, and your cat might be required to stay at the hospital for an extended period for recovery and monitoring.
Even after dismissal from the hospital, your cat might be required to come back in for a follow-up appointment to assess any organ damage in the long term. Your Millsap veterinarian will make you aware of any further appointments that are needed.

Preventing Heatstroke

Monitor your cat, especially if you let him outside. Make sure he doesn’t stay out in the sun for extended periods of time, and always provide shaded areas and plenty of cool water that’s easily accessible. On extremely hot days, don’t let your cat outside. Never leave your cat alone in a hot car.


Texas West Animal Health

16367 South FM 4,

Santo, TX 76472

Phone. 940-769-2222

Fax. 866-632-3365