A fever in your cat is a symptom that can indicate illness, infection, or more serious illness. When it comes to fever in cats, veterinarians consider a body temperature above 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit as a threshold.
If you suspect your cat has a fever, you must Seek advice from your veterinarian immediately for correct diagnosis and treatment.
Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for fever in cats.
Symptoms of fever in cats
The most obvious symptom of a cat with a fever is temperature; However, taking a cat’s temperature can be difficult and may require the help of your veterinarian to ensure it is done correctly.
Aside from a temperature above 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit, here are some of the most common symptoms that can occur in cats with a fever:
- Withdrawn and indolent
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Breathe faster than usual or gasp
Causes of fever in cats
There are a variety of diseases and conditions that can cause a fever in your cat. Hence, it is always important to seek advice from your veterinarian.
Some common causes of fever in cats are:
- Viral infections
- Injuries from a fight
- Fungal infections
- Bacterial infections
Treatments for fever in cats
A cat’s temperature is usually measured with a thermometer inserted into the animal’s rectum. This is a procedure that is best done by a veterinarian. Otherwise, the cat could be injured or frightened.
If a cat has a fever, the next step is usually to undergo a series of tests to determine the cause. Providing your cat’s full and detailed medical history to your veterinarian can help make this process more efficient for everyone involved.
Once your vet diagnoses the underlying condition that is causing the fever in your cat, he or she can prescribe any number of courses of treatment. Follow the instructions carefully.
In general, when a cat is recovering from a fever, it is important that they stay well hydrated. In some more extreme cases, veterinarians may suggest putting a cat on an IV drip.
When you return home with your cat, it is important to provide them with a quiet, calm, and comfortable environment in which to relax.
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