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Hypothermia Warnings Signs In Cats

Cold weather is dangerous weather for any pet, including cats. No matter how thick their fur or how hardy you think your cat may be, even just a few minutes of exposure to cold weather could kill your cat. Do you know the warning sigs of hypothermia in cats?

Even though outdoor cats tend to know when to come back inside--any number of factors can intervene and prevent them from getting back to a warm and safe home.

How Much Time Can a Cat Spend Outside in Cold Weather?

For any cat, once temps reach and below freezing, a cat is at high risk for hypothermia. As a general rule, once temperatures drop below 45 degrees F, a cat’s outdoor time should be limited to about 15-20 minutes every other day. If your cat is older or has known health conditions, the time they spend outside in the cold should be monitored and last only a few minutes.

Signs of moderate to severe hypothermia in a cat include:

  • Confusion, dizziness

  • Dilated pupils

  • Difficulty breathing, shallow breathing

  • Muscle stiffness

  • Low blood pressure

  • Slow heartbeat

In severe cases of hypothermia, a cat will become highly lethargic and will be at risk for falling into a coma.

What To Do if You Suspect Hypothermia in Your Cat

  1. Bring into a warm room

  2. Wrap in warm (not hot) towels. Do not use a heating pad or heating blanket.

  3. Provide water, but don’t let them drink too much too quickly.

  4. If your cat is not perking-up, call your veterinarian.

If at any point your cat is non-responsive, wrap in a warm blanket and seek immediate medical attention. Err on the side of caution: If you aren’t sure if your pet is warming-up sufficiently, take it to an emergency animal hospital.

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