What do you know about cat fevers? I can't tell you how many pet owners over the years have told me that their pets had a fever because their noses were hot or dry, or because their pet "felt hot".
First, what is a fever?
A fever is defined as abnormally high body temperature resulting from internal controls. It is believed that fever is Mother Nature's method of fighting infection.
Learn more this common symptom. Go to: Fever in Cats
One of the most commonly asked question is: "Does my pet have a fever if his nose is hot?" To read my answer, click here.
A cat's body resets the temperature control area of the brain to increase the body temperature - probably in response to invasion of foreign matter such as bacteria or viruses. Since many things that cause disease do not thrive in hot environments, these invaders can be destroyed by increasing the temperature of the body.
This is different from hyperthermia, which is an increase in body temperature due to external influences such as hot weather, or the inability to pant or sweat. The brain does not direct the body temperature to increase in these cases.
Fever is usually differentiated from hyperthermia based on the animal's recent environment - for example, if he was in a hot car or in 100-degree heat - as well as the animal's response to the increased temperature. To learn more, go to Heat Stroke.
What's normal for a cat? Knowing he typical responses for a cat can help you determine if they aren't feeking well.
How can you tell if your cat has a fever? By taking a rectal temperature. Here is how. Go to: Taking Your Cat's Temperature
Taking the temperature this way is the only accurate method. The nose being cold or dry is not reliable.