How Do Cats Regulate Body Temperature?


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Cats can only sweat through their paws, which isn't very effective at regulate its temperature. So cats will clean themselves more often during hot weather. The saliva is left on the fur, and acts like sweat; it will eventually evaporate off their fur and lower their body temperature. Cats will also lie down in cool areas, such as the sink, bathtubs, litter pans, potted houseplants, shady tile floors or parked in front of the fan or the air conditioner. If your home reaches 90 degrees, your cat will begin panting. This is your cat's way of exchanging heat inside his body with the cooler air outside. Cats temperature should be around 100.5 to 102.8.

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