How do cats sweat?

Cats are amazing. These animals can tolerate temperatures that can already kill humans. Cats would not be seen sweating even on sweltering weather. Have you seen your pet cat sweating? Even long time cat owners would not see a sweat drenched pet. This is due to the fact that cats have only very few sweat glands and these glands are only found on the paws. Because they have sweat glands, cats can actually sweat. Sweating though would be done only through their paws.

When it comes to regulating body temperature, cats are not much different from dogs. Sweat glands of these animals are only found on the paws. As the paws are very small, both cats and dogs cannot regulate body temperature efficiently. So how do cats sweat? Observant cat owners would be able to see the pet perspire. On hot days, the cat would leave a trail of wet footprints on the floor. As cats are very playful animals, the owner may think the pet has yet again played in the toilet bowl or has again dipped the paws in the pool. Cats have the inclination to wander. The wet paws can mean that the cat has walked on the newly watered lawn. Wet footprints on very hot days though are signs that the cat can indeed sweat.

Humans have sweat glands all over the body. Humans can sweat profusely. Elevated environmental temperature would cause humans to sweat to cool the body. This would make one wonder why in spite of this efficient temperature regulating system, humans would appear to be more affected by hot weather as compared to cats that have very few sweat glands. As soon as the thermometer reading rises, humans would turn on the air conditioning system and reach for a long cool drink. Cats on the other hand would be seen placidly licking the fur oblivious of the heat. Do cats have more efficient ways of regulating body temperature? Cats cannot regulate body temperature by sweating. Unlike dogs, cats do not pant.

Cats are fastidious groomers. These animals would spend long hours licking their fur. But on hot days, cats would be seen grooming more than usual. Grooming to slather the fur with saliva is one way of combating the heat. Cooling will be achieved when the saliva dries off the fur. Cats are known to have playful personalities. Dangle a piece of paper on a string to a cat and the pet would happily chase the toy for hours. However, it appears that cats have the good sense to know when energy must be conserved. Instead of playing, cats would seek shady areas or lie down in cool places. Favorite places would be the shade under the tree or under potted plants. Cats would also park the furry body in front of air conditioner or the electric fan. Cats, especially ones that are not accustomed to being bathed would scream bloody murder as soon as placed on the tub. However, on hot days, the pet would gladly exchange its comfy soft bed with the coolness of the sink or the tub. Cats have the propensity to climb trees and to perch on high places. Aside from being able to survey its domain, cats can keep cool by taking advantage of whatever little breeze there is from its high perch. Owners can do something to help the pet cool off during the hot months. Cats can be kept in temperature controlled homes. Cats are poor water drinkers but these pets would love lapping ice cubes. Taking a long haired cat to a groomer to have the hair shortened will help the pet combat the heat.

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