Originally Posted by Fracture
How warm is warm? On the ears I mean.
Our mom growls sometimes but I think that has more to do with a couple of the kittens being nipple biters.
A cat's normal temperature is higher than that of a human's, it is 100.5 to 102.5. Now remember that is a rectal temperature.
When my mom cat had her temp, she had hot ears, and it was obvious to me that she had a fever. But it helped that she was showing other classic signs. Walking real gingerly, was hesitant to go to her kittens, seemed real lethargic. He kittens were only like a day or two old at the time so the fact that she didnt want to get in the box was a big tip-off.
Now the other mom cat that had non-septic mastitis, didnt have a fever. Her only sign was the growling at her kittens when they nursed and when I examined her belly it was obvious which nipples were bothering her. They were red and inflamed and she was uncomfortable if I touched them. She would let me put warm compresses on them, and I tried to tape the inflamed ones up best I could. What I did was split her litter. She only had 4, but with her having sore nipples I had her nurse them in pairs when I could help it. And I helped her out by supplementing the too smallest ones. He kittens were older, just past 3 weeks, so I also began weaning them early.
I hope this helps. Growling at the kittens is not normal, although if it is only occasionally, it might be something else... It's good that you are keeping an eye on her!
Also, sometimes what happens is the kittens will scratch up the mom cat's belly, if that is the case, you might want to take a pair of nail clippers and begin trimming the kittens nails. Even if this isnt the case, it is always good practice to get the kittens used to claw trimming. Also, if you discover scratches, you may want to check them to be sure they are not getting infected.