Just like humans, cats can get fevers as well. Most people would assume that the temperature of cats can be checked in the same way that a human’s temperature is checked. However, that is not the case.

How to Know if Your Cat is Sick

The only method of knowing if your cat is sick is by checking its temperature. It is a common method for both humans and cats and is very simple. A thermostat is used to check the temperature of both cats and humans, and though it may not provide you with the exact and most accurate readings, it will provide you with the most close-to-accurate readings. This will be enough to satisfy you about your cat’s health conditions, whether it is critical or not.

If you have a suspicion that your cat may be suffering from a fever, then it is suggested to be observant towards your cat and its behavior in case of any usual or odd changes. (Such as a change in diet, mood, etc.) They have a good chance of playing a vital and big role in your cat’s recent health changes.

What is a Normal Temperature for Cats

The average/normal temperature for a cat should be around. 100.4 to 102.5° Fahrenheit.  If the cat’s temperature rises above 102.5° Fahrenheit, it may indicate that something is wrong and requires immediate attention.

If the cat’s fever does not go away within a few days, it is important that you take your cat for a visit at the vet, as a long-lasting fever is not a good sign. Therefore, it needs to be treated as quickly as possible.

What Causes a Cat to Have a Fever

There are a number of things that can cause fever in cats. This includes increased muscle activity, diseases such as lupus, bacterial and viral infections, injuries from both minor and major accidents, medications that the cat may be on (short period of time), or in rare cases, a tumor.

Furthermore, outdoor cats are more likely to catch a fever or get sick as they are exposed to many different things that may cause a fever/sickness. Such as bacteria which are present everywhere.

What Thermometer Can I Use for My Cat

There are only two known ways to take a cat’s temperature through a thermostat. The first one is known as digital thermometers, which are placed into the ear canal and required to be close to the ear drum in order for them to get a good reading.  The temperature may vary due to some things, such as debris within the ear, hair, and wax.

The second way is by a rectal thermometer which, by its name, can be understood, is that these thermometers are placed into the rectum.

Both methods will frustrate a cat, and it will try to escape, which you will have to deal with. However, it is the only way to check if the cat has a fever or is sick.

Signs of Fever in Cats

There are several different signs of a fever in cats which may be the following. Signs of loss of appetite; cat may reduce eating amounts, depression; lack of motivation to do anything, lack of energy or lack of activities, hiding around/near corners (away from people), signs of struggling to breathe

Other signs may include constant mood swings and no desire to perform any activities such as playing, more vocals or fewer vocals (than usual), weight loss, or weight gain, along with vomiting and/or diarrhea.

How to Check a Cat’s Temperature

As mentioned above, there are two ways to take a cat’s temperature. This can be done through digital as well as rectal thermometers. If your cat is making a funny face while getting its temperature checked, you can get a minimalist custom cat illustration to remember it!

A sick cat sleeping

Firstly if the digital thermometer is being used, then you must proceed to Lift the cat's tail with one hand while inserting the thermometer slowly and steadily into its anus with your other hand. You will feel the muscle tighten, then relax. Hold the thermometer there for two minutes (or until it beeps if it is digital) while talking to the cat in a soothing voice.

Although the cat is less likely to resist you if you take its temperature via its ear, the process can be a bit more difficult. Ear thermometers need to be placed in the right area to get an accurate reading. While your cat may tolerate this method better than having its temperature rectified, the animal may try to get away from you. If it does, grab it by the scruff of the neck, which usually (if temporarily) will calm most cats.

How to Care for a Cat with a Fever

It is significant and essential to take a cat to the vet if its temperature is above 104.5° Fahrenheit. After this, the vet will take the matter into their hands and try their best to figure out why the cat has a fever and how the issue can be resolved.

A sick cat wrapped up in a pink blanket

For example, if the cat is suffering from simply bacteria, then the vet will more than likely suggest giving your cat antibiotics. And if your cat is suffering from dehydration, the vet will suggest providing the cat with loads of fluids.

Final Verdict

In conclusion, cats do get fevers, unfortunately. However, the good thing is that it can be checked or confirmed through thermostats and can also be treated according to its causes which can vary.