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If the cat's body temperature rises as a result of an infection, it is called fever. If it gets too high or lasts a long time, it is a great strain on the cat's body and can even be fatal. It is therefore important to recognize the symptoms of fever in cats.
When does a cat have a fever?
Compared to humans (36.0 to 37.0 ° C) the normal body temperature in cats is somewhat higher: between 38.0 and 39.2 ° C.
If you measure your cat's body temperature and determine a value above 39.2 ° C, you should first rule out other causes: if your velvet paw was in the sun or in a warm place all the time, this could explain the rise in temperature. Other causes than fever can cause it to increase briefly, for example stress or physical exertion.
However, if the temperature is well above 39 ° C without these causes, your cat has a fever. In addition, there are usually other signs.
Fever in cats: how to recognize the symptoms
Fever in cats usually manifests itself in the fact that the cat looks limp, lacking in drive and dull. She doesn't like to move, sleeps more than usual, eats badly - or maybe not at all. But she may be drinking more than usual because of the high temperature she needs more fluids.
Your nose is usually dry and your eyes can water. Some cats shiver and their breathing speeds up. With a very high fever, the muscles and joints can also become stiff.
Here is an overview of the most common signs of fever in cats:
• loss of appetite
• dry nose
• watery eyes
• rapid breathing
• stiff muscles and joints
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Measuring fever in cats: always rectal
If your cat looks weak and chipped, she may have a fever. If you are not sure whether your pet is suffering from an increased body temperature, you can first measure your cat's fever to save her a trip to the vet.
The most reliable way to measure fever in a cat is through the rectum. Use a commercially available digital thermometer and add a little petroleum jelly to the tip to make insertion easier.
It works best for two: while one person fixes the cat, the other inserts the thermometer. Hardly any cat likes to have a fever measured, so be careful with the claws.
Caution: Never measure fever in your cat's ear. The animals find this even more uncomfortable than in the bottom. They then use their claws to defend themselves, which can lead to serious injuries to you. In addition, the measurement result is not very accurate.
If your cat is obviously doing badly, you should not hesitate for long. Go to the vet!
Your cat has a fever? Off to the vet
If your cat actually has a fever, the next step is to figure out the cause. For this reason, you should consult a veterinarian.
He can decide which measures are necessary to lower the fever and to fight the underlying disease.
If fever persists too long and rises too high - for example above 40 degrees, it can also damage organs and thus become dangerous for cats.