Are black cats more at risk for sunburns or heat problems?


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Are black cats more at risk for sunburn or heat problems?


Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking if black cats were more at risk for heat-related problems. The color black is known to absorb more heat and it is true that black cats may be at increased risk of heat-related problems over white or light-colored cats. However, I've never read a scientific study with actual numbers that indicates that cats an increased risk of heat stroke and the like. Most heat-related problems are more common in dogs than cats.

An article that might be helpful to you is Tip on Preventing Heatstroke in Cats.


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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.