The ears of your cat may get hot when it is hot outside. This may happen if your cat spends too much time outside. The ears are sensitive to the heat and get hotter than other parts of the body do because they don’t have fur to cover them.
So, for example, if it’s an eighty-degree day, the ears might feel like they’re 105 degrees because they don’t have fur to cover them. So the ears of your cat may get hot when it is hot outside.
When their ears are hot, some cats will sit as far away from a fan as possible. If you have a standing fan turned to face them on low or medium, they might be okay with that.
Other signs that your cats have hot ears
Other signs that his ears are hot include: shaking his head, frequently licking his paws, and possibly drooling excessively.
Sometimes he’ll show no symptoms until you gently touch the area around the ear on him and then on yourself at about the same temperature.
Cats ears are hot because they have a lot of blood vessels close to the surface that heat up in the heat and cool off in the cold just like ours do, but without hair or sweat glands in them. They can’t tolerate much in either direction temperature-wise for very long.
If your cat’s ears are too hot, she might be running a fever and could be sick. If you suspect that’s the case, it’s important that you take her to see a veterinarian as soon as possible because there is probably something wrong or at least out of balance inside her body and it needs treatment.
So make sure she gets checked out immediately if this is the case. There really isn’t anything else you can do for her medically since we don’t have much in the way of medications or tools for treating cats internal health conditions but we can keep them comfortable while they’re sick with fluids and other supportive care until their bodies get back to normal.
If your cats ears are hot but he isn’t acting sick, then they’re most likely just trying to cool themselves down.
As mentioned earlier, cats ears have a lot of blood vessels close to the surface that help them dissipate heat when necessary. They also rely on their fur (hair) coat for this purpose and panting if it is very warm out or during exertion like playing with another cat or running after something they want to catch.
Also, certain breeds of short-haired cats like British shorthairs can get ear infections in the hotter months because they don’t produce much ear hair (ceruminous glands) in the summertime so their ears might be extremely red and/or hot. If this is the case, you can put a little bit of mineral or baby oil on a cotton ball and swipe his ears with that to get the excess moisture out and give them some relief from being so hot.
So if your cat’s ears feel hotter than usual, she might have been playing too hard in the heat, been active for too long outside in the sun or it could be a symptom of an illness.
Whatever the cause may be, pay attention to what your pet is doing so you recognize when her comfort level has reached its limits and make sure she gets some rest until they cool down again because anything over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) is considered uncomfortable.
Keep her indoors during very hot days, bring her inside when it’s getting dark to keep her safe if she likes to be outside at night and make sure there is always access to cool water she can drink all day long.