What is a "normal" heart rate for your cat? How long are cats pregnant for? Does a body temperature of 102.5°F mean that your cat has a fever?
Being familiar with what is normal and what is not helps you identify health problems for your cat quicker. Seeing your veterinarian at the first signs of your cat's illness is often less expensive and with a more favorable outcome.
What's "Normal" For A Dog
Please note: This article has been provided for informational... purposes only. If your pet is showing any signs of illness, please consult a veterinarian as quickly as possible.
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Feline "normal" body temperature range is 100.5 - 102.5 Fahrenheit (38 - 39.2 Celsius).
A body temperature below 100 or above 103F warrants a call to your veterinarian. Cats may become stressed in the veterinary office (or car ride to the office), creating a higher-than-normal body temperature temporarily.
Gauging body temperature by the moistness of the nose is not reliable. Sometimes a fever can be noticed by how warm the ears feel, but this is also not a reliable method.
- Glossary... Term: Pyrexia
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16 - 40 breaths per minute
Respiratory rate is the number of breaths per minute. Normal respiratory rates are assessed when the cat is resting.
A cat that is in pain, having heart or respiratory problems, suffering from heatstroke, or stressed will usually have increased respiratory rates.
It is important to gauge the overall situation and condition of the animal to assess the respiratory rate.
More about the cat respiratory system:
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120-140 beats per minute
When stressed, heart rates will increase. This will normalize as the cat calms down in healthy animals. Cats that suffer from heart conditions (cardiomyopathy) or diseases such as hyperthyroidism will have increased heart rates -- over 200 beats per minute in some cases.
More cat heart health:
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Number of Teeth
Reference: Merck Veterinary Manual, 9th edition