Sounds kinda odd depending on where you are reading this...

North Dakota, is the most bipolar weather state in our opinion! Subzero wind chills of -40+ Fahrenheit in the winter to 100+ degrees feel like in the summer!

We worry about ourselves, the kids, and the dogs... but what about those furry felines that roam our house, barns or shops?? 

Let's put it this way, as a rule of thumb we were once told, if you feel hot, your cat probably feels hot too! For example, unlike dogs, in cats, panting is not considered normal... May even be a sign of overheating.

Tigger and BEC, heatstroke, cats
Ludemeula Fernandes on Unsplash
loading...

Heatstroke

First off, do you know what Heatstroke is? According to the CDC it's the most serious heat-related illness for humans... So, of course, our precious furry friends are in danger too!

Cats are wired of course a bit different than their human owners, their normal body temperature range is between 99.5 to 102.5 Fahrenheit. Above that last number, and just like us humans, heat exhaustion may develop thus could lead to heatstroke.

Tigger and BEC, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, cats, pets
Paul Hanaoka on Unsplash
loading...

What To Watch For

  • Cat is actively trying to find a cool place to hang out, acting Restless.
  • Cats only sweat a tiny bit thru their paws, notice Excessive grooming... Usually in an effort to cool off.
  • Check their rectal temperature, usually will be slightly elevated.
Tigger and BEC, Heatstroke, Heat Exhaustion, cats, pets
Eric Han on Unsplash
loading...

What To Do

Contact your veterinarian or the nearest animal emergency hospital.

If you suspect heat stress, and your cat is conscious; move the cat to a cool room and wet its fur with cool (NOT COLD) water, and try placing ice packs gently on the cat's feet.

Tigger and BEC, heatstroke, heat exhaustion, cats, pets
Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash
loading...

Prevention

Always... Always provide easy access to a cool, shady place to hang out and relax! Keep plenty of fresh water to drink and remember - Never leave your feline friend trapped or locked in a vehicle or hot room!

Note: This post is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, or other concerns, please make an appointment with your vet. 

Tigger and BEC, Heatstroke, Heat Exhaustion, cats, pets
Timothy Meinberg on Unsplash
loading...

17 North Dakota Pets That Are Kinda Disappointing.

Maybe we just were not meant to be...

8 Things North Dakotans Shouldn't Do At Farmer's Markets

Try to avoid doing these things next time you go.