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Silver’s staff health report? On Thankful Thursday? I can see you asking now “What the Heck Happened?”  

OK first things first. Thanks to Brian and his fur family, for the chance to say how thankful we are for Silver’s health, and to bring you an update on our recent sudden vet visit with Silver.

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Staff Health Report – How To Notice Signs of Unwellness in Cats

The more Mum cares for cats, the more she learns about monitoring feline health. Seeing a cat deviate from it’s usual patterns of behaviour and habits sets off alarm bells for us and it should for you too. Our Jack has solar eczema and changes is his condition are a bit more ‘visible’ on his nose and paws, but lively young cats will show illness or problems in less obvious ways.  [Cats often hide illness for their humans.]

Silver came in limping ever so slightly and with a coat that seemed dull. He was given a quick check up and found to be running a temperature. How did we know? As most cats can be stroked, or touched in some way, owners can get an idea of their cat’s usual body temperature. Silver was put under immediate house arrest until he could be taken to the vet.  

.. from Staff Vet Visit on Vimeo.

Staff Health Report – What We Learned

  1. Silver was very subdued, at home and at the vet – this was uncharacteristic.  Lesson 1) This is the most common and basic way to check your cat is doing OK.  Monitoring how they are behaving and noticing what might be ‘different’.
  2. Silver was like a child with fever, he was ‘burning up’. Lesson 2) Unless you cat is totally unpettable you should be able to run your hands over their body (even in a sneaky way, or using treats to help!) and check if your cat’s body temperature so you know when it is higher than usual. Normal cat body temperature is around 37.7 – 39.1°C or 100 – 102.5°F, Silver was over 39.5C.
  3. Post Vet Visit. Silver was checked by the vet, and his high temperature confirmed. He had an 48 hour antibiotic injection, as Silver is difficult to pill (and not always easy to find!) and is now on anti-inflamatory Meloxicam for five days. Lesson 3) We trusted our gut feeling ‘something was wrong’ – he didn’t seem well – simple and inexpensive treatment has him back on the paw to full fitness.

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Our thanks to the surgery of Dr Ian Hughes, at Stokes Valley Veterinary Surgery, and the locum who has cared for Silver.

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32 Comments

  1. Polly

    January 24, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Sometimes animals give such subtle signals that they aren’t feeling well it’s easy to miss! Thank goodness you noticed the signs, and Silver is on the mend!

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  2. Beth

    January 23, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Silver is fortunate to have such good parents who noticed his symptoms! I hope Silver is feeling better in no time!

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  3. Christine Caplan

    January 23, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    I remember when I worked at a Vet’s office we saw a lot of success from Meloxicam and cats. I really hope it benefits Silver. I think your first point about “behavior” is really key. I know if my guys are acting out or just acting off it”s typically due to an off health day – whether that’s GI related or joint pain. They have such regular habits so even a small deviation let’s me know… Good case for folks to learn from.

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  4. Robin

    January 23, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that Silver hasn’t been feeling well! I hope that she is starting to get better after her visit to the vet. Having a fever can be really miserable. These are excellent tips for discerning when your cat is feeling ill. Cats cover up illness amazingly well.

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  5. Rebecca at MattieDog

    January 23, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    One of the key things you mentioned was the bright or dullness of the coat – that is so important in a pet!

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  6. Ruth Epstein

    January 23, 2017 at 11:56 am

    We hope you feel better soon Silver and its always good to go with your gut feeling, although my vet says sometimes my gut is being too Jewish and there is nothing wrong LOL

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  7. Tonya Wilhelm

    January 23, 2017 at 11:56 am

    “The more Mum cares for cats, the more she learns about monitoring feline health. Seeing a cat deviate from it’s usual patterns of behaviour and habits sets off alarm bells for us and it should for you too” This is so key. Even if a pet parent can’t explain it, if things are different, go to the vet! Be your pet’s voice. Way to go.

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  8. Cathy Armato

    January 23, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Oh scary! That was smart of you to quickly recognize that something was wrong & get to the Vet. I’m so glad Silver’s doing better. Do you know what caused him to become ill?
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  9. Katie

    January 23, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Great post- several of these can apply to both dogs and cats! I know change in behavior is a big indicator with dogs too. I hope Silver gets feeling better!`

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    • Dash Kitten

      January 23, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      A very good point Katie, indeed they can apply to pups as well!

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  10. The Daily Pip

    January 23, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Change of behavior is such a good indicator for both dogs and cats. Also, I agree to always pay attention to your gut instinct when you have a feeling that something might be wrong.

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  11. Thomas Archer

    January 21, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    What pawsome staff you have that they caught on quickly that you were off-colour, Silver! Yes, best to get on top of these things very quickly. Your advice is spot-on *high paws* And we are very happy to hear you have fully recovered :o)) xx *smoochies*

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  12. Pawesome Cats

    January 21, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    It really is about watching out for those subtle signs with our cats (and dogs). Our three also went for their annual check up and vaccination this week. Max and Ava were absolutely fine afterwards, Charlie was running a temperature and lethargic indicating a reaction. A few days later and he’s fine thankfully.

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  13. Mariodacat

    January 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Whew, we sure are happy your staff was on the ball and knew something was wrong and took him to the vet. M said she can sometimes tell with me too when I don’t feel well. i tend to go off by myself and sit in a loaf looking miserable. That’s a big clue to her htat I’m not well.

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  14. Lola The Rescued Cat

    January 21, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Silver is lucky you noticed. We’re glad he’s on the mend.

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  15. Tenacious Little Terrier

    January 21, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I hope he is feeling better now! Mr. N gets super clingy (even more than usual) when he is sick.

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  16. Rochelle

    January 21, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Great tips for determining if a kitty is healthy! Hope Silver (who is absolutely GORGEOUS, by the way) is on the mend and feeling 100% soon. Henry was lethargic a couple of week ago — his new medication dosage seemed to be messing with him.

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  17. Deziz World

    January 21, 2017 at 11:17 am

    We’re sure glad to hear dat Silver be on da mend. He sure is lookin handsum. Sendin’ purrayers and hugs.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

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    January 21, 2017 at 5:18 am

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    happee yur bak on de road two ree coveree….we will ask R pal st francis
    two send sum blessingz yur way coz they sure can all wayz help huh !

    insert hearts ~ XXX

    heerz two a frogmouth catfish kinda week oh end two all

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  19. Flynn

    January 21, 2017 at 4:09 am

    I hope Silver is soon back on top form. My mum always knows when I am going to have a bad patch. I get them every 10- 12 days and they last 2-3 days. My eyes get a clear jelly like discharge and even though I seem fine in myself, she knows that the next day I will go off my food. I have just been through one of those spells but this morning when I woke up she saw that my eyes are clear again, and sure enough I ate two pouches of food by lunch time.

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  20. Terra Toby

    January 20, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Good vet care is always something to be very thankful for!

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  21. The Swiss Cats

    January 20, 2017 at 9:24 am

    We’re glad you saw something was wrong with Silver. We hope he feels better soon. Purrs

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  22. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    January 20, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Sending my AdventurCat pal my most healing paw pats and purrs

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  23. That's Purrfect

    January 20, 2017 at 1:26 am

    So glad Silver is on the mend. It’s such a worry when are furry friends are poorly.

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  24. MR. Puddy

    January 19, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Silver, I hope you are getting better so soon.
    Purrs for you & Thanks for info

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  25. mommakatandherbearcat

    January 19, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    We hope Silver is back to his cat-astic self quickly! Learning to listen to those subtle changes is an important lesson and a lot harder to do in practice. With my own health, I often find a way to rationalize new symptoms … and I’ve always done the same with my cats too. In the back of my mind, I blame myself for the way Kitty died … she had one bad morning and then was back to normal so I let it go. And it was a couple weeks later when they symptoms came back permanently. I like to think I’m doing better and I learned my lesson (whether I could’ve made a difference in the outcome with Kitty or not) … when I felt Bear’s lump almost two years ago now, I went right past GO and didn’t even think of any alternative other than getting him to the vet ASAP. I believe in intuition … if your instincts are saying something’s wrong … it probably is … especially with our cats that we’re intimately in tune with.

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  26. Summer

    January 19, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I’m glad you took Silver in and got him some meds! You are right – humans shoud know the cats they live with well enough to know when they are feeling off and need a vet visit.

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  27. meowmeowmans

    January 19, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    We’re sure glad you took notice, and took action! We are purring and praying that silver is all well very soon. Hugs!

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  28. The Island Cats

    January 19, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    We’re purring for Silver that he is feeling better real soon.

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  29. Sometimes Cats Herd You

    January 19, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Lots of purrs to Silver. Quick recovery so you can get back to the fun stuff!

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  30. Brian Frum

    January 19, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    We’re sure glad for pet parents who notice the little things, it sure makes a difference. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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  31. Angel, Kirby and Max

    January 19, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Silver, we hope you are back to good health!

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