Hypothermia in Cats

In the same way that we humans can suffer from hypothermia , our kittens can also suffer from it. Hypothermia is a condition that affects these animals and is defined as the temperature below normal. It is important to note that hypothermia occurs when the animal’s body cannot maintain normal temperature, causing a depression in its central nervous system.

Generally, this condition has three different phases : the first is mild, the second is moderate, and the third is severe. Mild hypothermia occurs when the body temperature is between 32 and 35 degrees Celsius. Moderate hypothermia when the body temperature is between 28 and 32 degrees Celsius. And finally the hypothermia called severe, when the body temperature is below 28 degrees Celsius.

It should be noted that hypothermia can affect the heart, as well as blood flow, respiration, and the immune system. In addition to this, it can lead to irregular heartbeats, breathing problems and loss of consciousness to coma. It is very important that you pay attention to the following symptoms to know if your animal suffers from hypothermia or not.

The symptoms of hypothermia vary depending on the severity of the condition. For example, mild hypothermia is characterized by symptoms of weakness, tremors, and loss of mental alertness. Moderate hypothermia will reveal characteristics such as muscle stiffness, low blood pressure, and very slow and shallow breathing. Finally, hypothermia in its severe phase, will present symptoms such as fixed and dilated pupils, difficulty in breathing, inaudible heartbeat and loss of consciousness

 

 

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