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Pet Meds - What You Should Know When Your Cat is Having a Fever and Poisoning

Paul Kramer

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Just like you, when your cat is sick he may have a high temperature. To take his temperature, coat a rectal thermometer with petroleum jelly. Gradually, using a slow, twisting motion, insert it about one inch or 2.5cm into his rectum, and hold it in place for a few minutes.

Do not jam or force the thermometer into the rectum. If your cat is running a fever, take him to the veterinarian immediately. He or she will offer medical advice or prescribe medicine to give your cat.

Be sure to follow all instructions carefully. Never give him aspirin or any other drug made for humans as they can be fatal to cats.

What about poisoning? Most household products that are poisonous to humans will also be poisonous to your cat. Make sure you keep all your cleaners and other such substances well out of harm's way.

Even anti freeze could be fatal to your cat if he licks drops of it from underneath the car. If you think your cat has been poisoned, contact your veterinarian immediately. He or she can offer instructions to induce vomiting.

The indoor cat is exposed to just about as many toxic substances as the outdoor one. We often forget that the thriving philodendron plant or blooming wisteria can be toxic to him, so here is a list of some of the common plants that are potentially dangerous to your cat.

They are Anemone, Azalea, Black Cherry, Bloodroot, Buttercup, Caladium, Castor Bean, Clematis, Crocus, Cycad, Daphne, Dicentra, English Ivy, Foxglove, Hemlock, Holly, Indian Spurge Tree, Jerusalem Cherry, Lantana, Liburnum, Lupin, Oleander, Poison Ivy, Sweet Pea and Wisteria.

When taking your cat's temperature, use a rectal thermometer. A cat's normal temperature is 101 F or 38 C with certain breeds such as the Rex and the Sphynx having normal temperatures of 102-103 F. Take your cat to the veterinarian if his reading is 2 degree or more above normal.

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