Measuring a cat’s fever without a thermometer

Does it seem to you that the cat is feverish? Here’s how to measure cat fever without a thermometer and all the alternative moves.

A cat that has a fever is not only understood by the temperature, but by many other signs that may indicate colds, joint pain etc. But we could say that ‘the test of the nine’ is precisely the ‘result’ of the thermometer. What if we were without this fundamental tool? Don’t worry! There is an alternative way to measure cat fever without a thermometer: using your hands. Here are the points to touch and the right moves to make with a seemingly feverish cat.

Feverish cat? Here’s how it looks

Before we determine whether the cat has a fever or not, let’s look at its appearance as a whole: it will certainly not appear fit to us. It will be tired, fatigued, maybe even have breathing difficulties and shiny eyes. The nose could drip and the chills of cold could cause us several tremors and even convulsions.

Certainly it will not be able to express itself in words, but we will understand with some small ‘motor test’ if the cat can not move for joint pain. It may suffer from loss of appetite, as well as having episodes of vomiting and nausea. Let’s not forget to pay attention to the dehydration in the cat: usually when the temperature is high, the cat always has a great need for fluids.

Measuring cat fever without a thermometer: the right moves

No thermometer at hand? There are other ways to understand if the body temperature of our beloved feline is above 37.5 ° C. As is done with children, there are some typical actions to assess the feverish state of the cat which, of course, will have to present an appearance not of the best.

Touch the forehead and neck – they should be warmer than usual. Do not use the palm of your hand, but the back, as usually the front of our hand is kept cooler and cooler and is more sensitive to temperatures.

Room not cold or hot: the environment in which the cat is located should not be particularly hot or too cold and humid, otherwise the temperature may be conditioned by these factors.

Not after an effort: a particularly tiring workout or activity, could warm up the cat and therefore alter its body temperature. Let’s touch it only when it is quiet and not after physical exertion.

Red cheeks: it is above all the area of the face that reddens and appears almost ‘in red patches’.

Signs of dehydration: dry mouth, dry nose, is thirsty, and its urine is a deep yellow. These are the signs of a strong dehydration in the cat.

Measuring cat fever with a thermometer

If, on the other hand, we had the most infallible tool available in temperature measurement, we pay attention to the points of the body where we put it. In fact, there are three fundamental points to better measure the temperature of the cat: tongue, rectum and ear. Let’s keep them in mind when we have a thermometer at hand and our cat does not seem to be in perfect shape.

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