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Sick Kitten - How to Take Your Sick Kittens Temperature and Pulse.

Updated on May 2, 2011

Did you know that One out of every four American families has a pet cat and some have more than one. However, If you don't have your very own cat to appreciate and love its eccentricities and incomparable behaviors...You should consider getting one! If you're an ailurophile (A cat lover), Visit my blog...

Facts About Cats and I'll introduce you to the interesting and likely unknown facts about cats and their behavior, lifecycle, senses, and habits.

My Kitten Is Sick...

Sometimes you will be worried about your sick kitten. Especially with kids, we recognize what to do 1st, how to check their temperature and/or heartbeat. But do you know how to check your cat’s pulse and temperature?

To take the pulse of a sick kitten or grown cat, place your fingers on the inner area of a back leg, just where it connects to the body. As a major arterial blood vessel is close to the surface in this spot, it's an ideal spot to feel and count their heart beat. Count the beats for 15 seconds then multiply by 4 to get your beats per minutes. By only counting for 15 seconds, your cat likely won’t even be mindful of what you are doing.

The normal resting pulse rate of cats is approximately 120 beats per minute, give or take 10-20 beats depending upon how much activeness the cat has been doing just before taking their heartbeat. Some cats will be dissimilar, simply because of their metabolism. If it is considerably lower or higher than this, it could mean your kitten is sick so contact your vet.

It's a good idea to take your cat’s pulse on a regular basis so you get a idea of how to do it and what the normal rate is for your cat. You'll be able to do this after playing and resting to get a good idea. As well, by taking the heartbeat on a regular basis, you cat will not object if you need to do if you think its sick


Temperature is another sign of a sick kitten and that things are not as they should be. I on a regular basis check my children’s brow and tummy when they complain of feeling sick. I use both to get a comparison. If both are warm, I bring out the thermometer. Even so, taking a cat’s temperature isn't as simple as feeling for body heat.

The normal temperature range for kittens and cats is between 100.5-102.5 Fahrenheit or 38-39 degrees Celsius. Anything higher than that or lower than that is cause for concern.

You'll need to have a good bond with your cat or sick kitten if you want to take its temperature because this is performed thru a rectal thermometer. You should use a plastic one instead of glass as if your reacts abruptly halfway through the taking of its temperature, the glass could become a clear danger to your cat. You'll want to stand your cat on a table at a comfy height for you, preferably on a towel or old blanket to protect the table surface. I strongly advise having another grownup softly hold the cat at its head and shoulders while gently speaking to it.

You want to have the rectal thermometer ready ahead of time by having clean and lubricated  with some petroleum jelly or Vaseline. Ensure that the temperature has been moved to below normal. Softly lift your cat’s tail and apply a small amount of petroleum jelly onto the anal region. Then cautiously push the thermometer into the rectum to approximately 1 inch (2.5cm).

Make certain the thermometer doesn't enter at an angle, it must go straight in, otherwise you may hurt your cat or sick kitten. Leave the thermometer in for approximately 1 minute, [this will seem like an hour] then mildly take out the thermometer and read the temperature.

Unless you're absolutely certain your cat will allow you to take its temperature, I would suggest you leave this for the veterinarian to do. Neither you nor your cat wishes you to be scratched or bitten. Your cat may well be very upset if it recognizes that it has hurt you.

By learning about your cat’s body and what is taking place, you can be aware of potential problems early before they turn into more serious and more expensive treatments. None of us enjoy being sick, including your cat. By knowing how to check your sick kittens or grown cats vital signs, you'll be in a much better position to assist your cat when needed. Why not go find your cat right now and check its pulse. It will be learning experience for the both of you.

Just imagine how good you'll feel when your able to soothe and help you pet during sick or other issues instead of standing and watching.


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      9 years ago from United States

      This was a very informative well written hub!

      I might get a cat soon so thanks so much!


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