Cats and high temperatures
In the hot days of summer cats may have the same problems with heat as their owners. Although hyperthermia is a problem related with dogs, and cats can be affected by high temperatures. The most common symptoms of hyperthermia, besides dehydration, are panting, increased heart rate, trouble breathing or hyperventilation (especially in breeds with short noses), lethargy, excessive vomare, diarrhea or high internal temperature (normal temperature of a cat is 38.5 degrees Celsius).
You can help your cat avoid the negative effects of heat keeping it in house, in a cool room. You can rub the cat's body with a wet towel or put her paws in a bowl with cold water. You can also put a cold compress to her chest to help her escape the heat. Might to resist at first, but will probably start to like once you understand the intent.
Make sure your cat has several drinking water dishes available. It does not hurt to put any from time to time an ice cube in water. Cube will not only cool water, but will awaken interest in cat. Oddly, some cats affected by heat refuses to drink water and exposed to the danger of dehydration. In such cases you can "force" your cat to drink, using a syringe. However, you should not overdo it because the cat may suffer. Put two drops of water only cat muzzle. It will hydrate and will attract interest to drink by itself.
It is also advisable to brush your cat's fur often during the summer, in order to ventilate. The best option for keeping an optimal temperature in the air conditioned apartment. If such a solution is not available, use a fan inside. However, you must be careful because they can catch a cat paw in bars in front of the fan. If your cat shows any signs of hyperthermia, try to cool as quickly and then go to a veterinarian for professional advice.Problems with high temperatures must be taken very seriously because it can be fatal.
White cats with white face and ears are prone to heatstroke. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause a form of cancer, this most often on the ears or nose. The first sign of this disease is an inflammation that does not heal or bleeds. Cats with white fur should be protected from sunlight and if there is another option you can put sunscreen solution ears and nose. Veterinary doctor can advise you on some products that do not affect the cat if they are swallowed.
Remember that cats and dogs have sweat glands and cool just by mistake. Temperature control for pets depends to a large extent by their owners.