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how can you treat a cat with a fever?

Discussion in 'Cats - all breeds / types' started by jayjayhorrorshow, May 12, 2005.

  1. jayjayhorrorshow

    jayjayhorrorshow New Member

    i need some help
    thanx jj
  2. coppersmom

    coppersmom New Member


    How do you know the cat has a fever?
  3. jayjayhorrorshow

    jayjayhorrorshow New Member

    fever fever fever fever

    hes realy hot when you tuch him hes bin sleeping forever he looks like crap and hes not eating or drinking
  4. OnixRevolution

    OnixRevolution New Member

    The only way you can tell if a cat has a fever is to take it's temp. You can either do that youself(which I would advise anyway), or if you think your cat is sick, take a trip to the vet.
  5. Mary_NH

    Mary_NH New Member

    only take your cat's temp if you know what you are doing....even with fostering they tell us to never take a cat's temp unless we are 100% sure we know what we are doing i.e. how far into the rectum to insert the thermometer.
    If you think your cat is sick the vet is the place to be. Don't wait before the cat gets worse in the hopes of it getting better....
  6. OnixRevolution

    OnixRevolution New Member

    D'oh! I didn't notice my error until after Mary posted!

    HUGE edit: I WOULDN'T advise taking the cats temp yourself.

    I took a year of vet tech class and I still won't do it.
  7. DeLaUK

    DeLaUK New Member

    Sounds like he needs to go to the vet ASAP.
    As for taking a temp, as long as there is no problem with the rectum, or anal area like an abscess, anal gland infection etc...the glass thermomters are thin and straight and if the cat backs up on you it could go in too far and in a 'scuffle' they could break.....however if you use a shaped digital thermomter, they are plastic and youd have to go some to insert it too far. The biggest risk is that you may get bitten or scratched when your taking the temp. You dont need to go in any further than the obvious length of the tip at the end of the thermomter (its usually metallic/silver).
    The ear thermometer works pretty good on cats (not so much on dogs as the ear canals are sometimes too deep to gt an accurate reading)
    I would also take precautions if there are kids around, the seem to like to 'play vet'....I never take a temp in front of young kids.

    Onix, did they not teach you how to take a temp? That was something I learnt when I first worked at a rescue centre when I was about 16.
    Taking a temp is a lot easier and safer than giving shots and clipping nails but people do that with their own pets all the time.
  8. Bente

    Bente New Member

    If your cat isn't drinking you should take him to the vet asap. Cats get dehydrated very quickly, and if not given fluids it can be fatal if you wait too long..
    I hope your kitty gets better soon, keep us updated :wink:
  9. footsie

    footsie New Member

    Trust me. A dehydrated cat is a very serious thing. (See my post from earlier today for more details on what can happen if a cat is dehydrated too long). You need to find out why he has a fever.
    If your cat isn't eating or drinking he needs to see a vet right away.
    In the mean time, you need to try to coax him to eat and drink. You may need to try various types of food and even heating it up to body temperature to make it smell better (4 seconds in the microwave is plenty of time).
  10. coppersmom

    coppersmom New Member

    Yeah, that's what I meant. If you THINK your cat has a fever, you should go to the vet. If you KNOW your cat has a fever, he should be under the care of a vet.

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