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How To Keep Your Cat Safe From the Florida Heat

Nina Mendes

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As we head into August, SWFL is consistently hitting temperatures in the high 80’s and low 90’s throughout the day. It’s important to care for yourself in this sweltering heat and also look out for your furry feline, as well. Pet owners may overlook the symptoms of an overheated cat or not notice their signs of distress. Heatstroke is a dangerous condition that can quickly turn fatal. If you spend time outside in your lanai with your cat this summer, here are the signs to watch out for:


Signs of an overheated cat:

  • Breathing rapidly, racing pulse

  • Panting

  • Red tongue and mouth

  • Vomiting

  • Drooling/Salivating

  • Lethargy

  • Stumbling or staggering

  • Vocalizing


The average temperature for your kitty should be anywhere from 100.5°F and 102.5°F. Now that we have established the symptoms of an overheated cat, here are some ways you can help cool them down:


How to care for an overheated cat:

  • Bring the cat into a cool/dark place

  • Provide plenty of water

  • Set up a fan to increase airflow

  • Groom your cat regularly to prevent excess fur buildup


Always monitor your cat when spending time outside in the Florida sunshine. It could be the difference between life and death.


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