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A cat can’t tell you when he/she is down with fever. You have to figure out when they are feeling under weather. Cats are as prone to fever as their human parents. However, a touch of their forehead is not going to reveal if they’re running a temperature. You have to use a thermometer and insert it into their rectum or ear. Obviously, your cats will not be pleased with being held against their will. So, it’s a good idea to look out for some warning signs that can indicate your cat has a fever before putting him/her through that.
Symptoms that your cat has a fever
Just like humans, cats exhibit a lack of appetite, shivering, lethargy, dehydration and warm ears when they are experiencing fever. Other symptoms are depression and a fall in their grooming habits. They may also sneeze, vomit or report diarrhea. The following are some warning signs you should keep an eye out for, which will help diagnose your cat’s fever –
- Changes in behavior – If a generally playful cat begins to behave reclusive and hide itself away in odd places, you should worry. Cats are cautious and like to reduce their vulnerability by hiding away from you when ill.
- Monitor your cat’s appetite – Your cat may not be eating well if its down with fever. If its feeling unsafe, it won’t come out to eat at its regular place. You can try coaxing it out or placing their feeding bowl near their safe place. If they still refuse to eat, change up their regular meal plan and introduce something exciting that they’d be more likely to consume.
- Vomiting or diarrhea – Commonplace and serious cat illnesses cause fever. Additional symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea may also be present. If your cat is nifty, he/she may try to bury any signs of this. Check the area of their litter box. If you pet an outdoor cat, follow it outside to its resting area to search out any tell-tale signs.
- Laziness – Now, cats are notoriously lazy creatures. But if your cat has been acting extra lethargic lately, you should consider taking him/her to a vet for a checkup. It is unusual for a cat who normally follows you around to not pay attention to you or treats that you may be dangling infront of him/her to get their attention.
If any of the above signs are present in your cat, you can proceed to check their body temperature with a thermometer. Lubricate this thermometer beforehand to make the process as comfortable as possible for your kitty. If the temperature reads above 103 degrees, rush your cat to a vet. They have a fever.