Often asked: Do Cats Get Hot In The Summer?
While cats generally tolerate the heat better than us, they do suffer on hot days. Here are a few ways to make your feline companion more comfortable – both before and during a heatwave. A tangle-free coat will help keep your cat cool, so brush your cat often over the summer months.
Can cats handle hot weather?
Because of their high body temperature, cats can theoretically be okay in hot weather, around 100°F outside. Their tolerance can vary widely depending on humidity, your cat’s health, age, and even type of fur. It’s best to err on the safe side and avoid the hottest parts of the day altogether.
How can I tell if my cat is too hot?
As your cat’s body temperature rises, check Best Friends’ list of heat exhaustion signs:
- Breathing rapidly, racing pulse.
- Red tongue and mouth.
- Stumbling or staggering.
- Rectal temperature over 40.5C/105F.
Do indoor cats get hot in the summer?
When the heat arrives, cats can not only feel hot and bothered – they are at more risk of potentially fatal heatstroke. Keeping feline temperatures as low as possible during the balmy summer months is vital, so here are our top tips for cool cats
How hot is too hot for a cat?
The average temperature range for cats is between 99.5 and 102.5 Fahrenheit. Anything above that puts your pet in the range for suffering heat stroke. Your cat’s temperature should never reach 105, as that level of heat stroke could prove fatal.
Do cats overheat easily?
Although cats tend to tolerate the heat a little better than dogs — after all, they are famous for seeking sunny spots for sunbathes — the reality is that cats can suffer from overheating (hyperthermia) and heatstroke too. Cats are also incredibly smart about keeping themselves cool.
Do cats like air conditioning?
Cats enjoy air conditioning because it keeps them cool and comfortable. Air conditioners offer no harm to your cat’s health and instead keep your cat from overheating.
What do cats do when they are hot?
Panting: When your cat gets very hot, he may begin to pant. The rapid breathing, similar to a dog’s panting, allows saliva to evaporate from their tongue and allows them to cool down.
Do cats sleep more when hot?
Cats need 16 hours of sleep a day and will sensibly nap even more on a hot day, rather than rushing around getting hotter. Don’t worry if your cat seems to be grooming itself more than usual. This is a cooling mechanism similar to sweating: as the saliva evaporates off its fur, the cat will cool down.
How can I cool my cat down?
Top cooling tips
- Create shade. Creating a shady spot outside is a great way to help keep your outdoor explorer cool.
- Plenty of water.
- Dawn and dusk.
- Protect your cat from the sun.
- Create a cool room.
- Ice, ice, ice.
What temperature do cats like?
The Ideal Temperature for Cats Since a cat’s body temperature is only slightly higher than a human’s, it follows to reason that, if you’re comfortable with the temperature of your home, your cat likely is as well. Ideally, aim for a temperature of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, with 70 degrees Fahrenheit being the goal.
How can I keep my cat cool in the summer without AC?
Keep Cats Cool In Summer
- Keep your cat well groomed.
- Stroke your cat with a damp washcloth.
- Use a small box fan.
- Leave fresh water around the house.
- Close curtains and blinds during the day.
- Keep cool flooring uncovered.
- Elevate your cat’s bed.
- Make a ‘cool water bottle’ for your cat.
Do fans cool cats?
Yes! The air moving from a fan will cool off ANY object, animal, or person. So if a cat is overheated, it will certainly benefit from a fan (and/or air conditioner). Essentially, the air absorbs some of the heat from the object as it moves by, then carries or whisks away the heat as it continues to move by.
Do cats need AC in summer?
Cats and dogs may need air conditioning during summer just as they need to be kept warm during winter. You may be concerned about how air conditioners can affect your cat or dog. Moreover, your air conditioning units can also be impacted by your pet.
How hot can cats tolerate indoors?
An ambient indoor temperature between 75 – 78 degrees Fahrenheit will be a safe temperature for a cat. Longhaired breeds will prefer the lower end of the spectrum. Older or shorthaired cats will tolerate slightly warmer air. Do not rely on the thermostat to keep a cat safe, though.
Is 90 degrees too hot for a kitten?
Temperatures over 90℉ (32℃) are too hot for cats. Heat exposure can raise a cat’s body temperature above 102.5℉ (39℃) and cause heatstroke, and cats with long hair and short snouts struggle even more in the heat. Access to shade, cold water, and airflow can reduce the effects of high heat in cats.