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.
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.
Staff Health Report – What We Learned
- 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’.
- 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.
- 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.
Our thanks to the surgery of Dr Ian Hughes, at Stokes Valley Veterinary Surgery, and the locum who has cared for Silver.
with the Staff Health report