Cats United International recommends you visit your veterinarian if your cat shows signs of illness or injury. Help pages listed on our Cat Health site are just another source of more information. We are not liable for any content or errors in the information on these pages.
Recent Pet Food Recall
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Keeping Watch: Your Cats Vital Signs - from Pawprints and Purrs, Inc. Cat Health Care
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Information by Condition or Disease from Pawprints and Purrs, Inc. Cat Health Care
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The normal body temperature of a cat is between 38 and 39 °C (101 and 102.2 °F). A cat is considered febrile (hyperthermic) if it has a temperature of 39.5 °C (103 °F) or greater, or hypothermic if less than 37.5 °C (100 °F). For comparison, humans have a normal temperature of approximately 36.8 °C (98.2 °F). A domestic cat's normal heart rate ranges from 140 to 220 beats per minute, and is largely dependent on how excited the cat is. For a cat at rest, the average heart rate should be between 150 and 180 bpm, about twice that of a human.
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Kittens and cats should be vaccinated against
Feline infectious enteritis - affects the gastro-intestinal system
Feline leukemia - affects the immune system
Thereafter the initial vaccinations a yearly booster should be administered throughout the pets life.
Fleas and Worms
Fleas are common, hardy insects which are hard to spot on your pet. They often leave little clumps of black grit droppings, which are a tell tale sign. Some cats harbor fleas without any sign of irritation other than licking, biting and scratching. In others, a single flea bite can result in a severe skin reaction. They lay their eggs in carpets and bedding and become more active in warmer conditions i.e. during the summer or when the central heating is in use. Your vet will advise you on an effective insecticide treatment to keep your pet "flea free". Treatment of your home is also advisable as fleas can live in carpets and soft furnishings
Worms can cause ill-health and potentially, serious illnesses particularly in young kittens. Your cat should be treated for worms every 6-8 months. Your vet will advise you on an effective worming drug suitable for your cat.