Some cats may not tolerate having their temperature taken at home. In many cases, it is safer for everyone if your cat is handled by a professional. If you're concerned about your cat's temperature, it's always a good idea to see your veterinarian for a check-up.

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What is a cat's normal body temperature?

A cat's normal temperature can range from about 99 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. An individual cat's temperature will also change throughout the day. Normal daily changes in activity level, metabolic rate, and environmental temperature can all affect your cat's body temperature.

A healthy cat likely doesn't need to have his temperature checked regularly. However, if your cat is not acting like himself, your veterinarian may recommend checking his temperature at home. This can help you and your veterinarian decide whether a check-up is necessary.

There are many reasons why a cat may have a body temperature that is lower or higher than the normal range. Illness, injury, or stress can all play a role in disrupting a cat's normal body temperature. Changes in body temperature are particularly concerning if they are severe or if they persist for more than 24 hours.

What to do if your cat's temperature is abnormal

What if your cat's temperature is higher or lower than the normal range of 99 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit? It's best to contact your veterinarian for advice. Your veterinarian may recommend bringing your cat into the clinic for an exam. This is especially important if your cat is showing other signs of illness as well.

Your veterinarian may also recommend tests such as blood work or X-rays. These diagnostic tests can help pinpoint the underlying cause of your cat's temperature change. Once the problem has been identified, your veterinarian will help you find the best way to care for your cat.

Keeping your cat warm

If your cat's temperature is low, seeking veterinary care is the most important step. You can also help your cat by providing a warm and comfortable place to rest. Even healthy cats love to find a cozy sleeping spot!

Self-warming cat beds are a great way to keep your cat comfortable without getting too hot. Heated cat beds and warming pads are also a favorite for many cats. Just make sure your cat can always easily move away from the heat source if he chooses. This will ensure that he does not get too hot.

If your cat spends time outdoors, protecting him from cold and wet weather is a must. Spending too much time in cold and wet conditions can cause a low body temperature, also known as hypothermia. A heated Outdoor Kitty House is a great way to provide shelter from the cold and keep your cat safe.