Cats in the summer: how to transport them by car

Travel and transport the cats safely to avoid dangerous heat stroke

Cats, fantastic and somewhat mysterious animals, but summer is their Achilles heel: mind you, the cats survive very well at all temperatures thanks to their own hair. Long and medium-haired cats are also calibrated for winter, while short-haired or hairless cats are widespread in hot and torrid areas of the Earth. The problem arises when, unfortunately, the owners decide to travel in the hottest hours in the summer: it is admirable to take small feline friends on holiday, but you must be wary. The summer cats are like porcelain dolls, especially if you have to traportarli in a car that nearly absurd temperatures. The risk of heatstroke and anxiety and shock is concrete, so much so that veterinarians wanted to launch an appeal to safeguard the felines that are forced to take a trip by car during this period.

It doesn’t matter if the journey is long or short: even just accompanying the cat to the vet, well protected in the carrier, can be dangerous. You should not skip the vaccine if the deadline is summer, but it is also true that veterinary doctors set specific deadlines to avoid the hottest days of the year, also because there is a danger of collapse and collateral damage. The warm combination of vaccines is never beneficial.

The rules for transporting the cat by car

The symptoms of heatstroke vary from cat to cat, but usually, the animal shows its tongue out, agitation, hair and body hot (in light and white specimens, real sunburn), open mouth, wheezing and staggering movements. Before seeing the cat collapse from being too hot, it is better to make a first aid, but if, in addition to excessive salivation, tremor, and excessive heartbeat, vomiting is present and it becomes still, call the vet immediately. Meanwhile, it is good to lower the temperature with damp cloths on the head, over the years, and along the neck, armpits, groin avoids brain damage and lower the temperature with fresh water. If you need to transport your cat urgently, watch out for the golden rules: never travel during the hottest hours, turn on the air conditioning before transporting the cat and keep it at medium temperature once the cat is inside the cockpit, closed in its carrier. Alternatively, lower the windows. Never leave the cat in the car, not even in the shade: rather go down and look for a strictly ventilated outdoor area. Also, always keep fresh water in the car, both to make it drink, and to moisten its head in an emergency.

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