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post #31 of 61
You need to stop reading about fip.
Look at my Meeko.
Her fever was almost 105 and she did not have fip.
You are just going to make yourself crazy reading all the stories online.
I will tell you what happened before Meeko had her high fever.
Dec 5th 2007 Stormy was pts from kidney failure.
After that Meeko became upset so we took her to the vet.
The vet did blood tests and everything was fine except she was dehydrated.
She did not want to eat or drink.
Then Jan 11 2008 Yoshi was pts and Meeko again acted bad only this time she had a high fever.
It was just below 105.
We think she might have caught something when she had gone to the vet.
She would just lay there and do nothing.
Just to let you know she is fine know except she has feline herpes.
post #32 of 61
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for posting here tonight. I'm going to take a hot bath and try to get some sleep. I'll let everyone here know as soon as I find something out.
I feel strangely peaceful now...maybe because I cried instead of bottling everything up and making myself sicker.
post #33 of 61
Let us know what the vet says as soon as you can.
post #34 of 61
Just like jack31, my cat was acting very lethargic. I was afraid it was due to a blockage because she had not used the litter pan in 2-3 days. I took her to the vet and she had a fever of 105. The vet said that would cause the lethargy. They did blood work and X-rays and everything was normal. Then the vet said sometimes cats just have a fever which we term "Fever of Unknown Origin." They never even mentioned FIP. The cat never stopped eating and they said that was a very good sign. They put her on antibiotics and did subQ fluids and she was fine in a couple of days.
post #35 of 61
Fingers crossed it is nothing - one of my bridge babes, Tiger had an unexplained high fever, so the vets panicked and did an FIV/FeLV test on her, and it came back negative, she had no more health issues for months, and then it was an unexplained limp, which was nothing to do with a high temp. It might not be related to the other cats, it might simply be the fact they got outside in cold weather and aren't used to it, so it gave them a minor cold. Sometimes googling symptoms can be the worse thing to do, until you know exactly what you are dealing with.
post #36 of 61
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*sigh* I called the vet, and Chaplin's fever "still hasn't gone down" (what the receptionist said. She told me the doctor would call me "in a few minutes." I've been waiting for half an hour already, and I feel like I'm going to be sick.
post #37 of 61
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I just went to visit Chaplin in the hospital.

The vet said he wasn't too worried yet about Chaplin's fever not coming down, because he'd only had one dose of antibiotics and was about to get another.

Chaplin ate ALL of the dry food in his bowl and ate 1/2 a can of wet food that I brought for him. The vet can't believe how great his appetite is, despite the fever. He meowed when he saw me, and growled every time a vet/vet tech came into the room, so he must be alert.

I asked the vet about FIP & FIV, and he said he doesn't think that's something I should be worrying about right now, because he's not worried about it. He said Chaplin's just not sick enough to warrant that kind of speculation at this point. His only symptom is the high fever, and I'm praying to God that it will break soon.

I feel much better than I felt last night, but still lost and confused. I just wish there were a definite answer, you know? Chaplin has to stay at the clinic all weekend, and I'm getting ready to take him some more canned food. Please, please keep him in your purrs and prayers, and if you have any advice/encouragement/similar stories, I'd welcome those, as well.

Thanks so much, everyone, for being there/here for me.
post #38 of 61
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The vet decided that Chaplin could come home with me! He said he was pretty sure the temp was starting to drop. It came in at 104, and already, Chaplin seems more alert and active. He told me there was nothing he could do for him that I couldn't do--monitoring his temp (what fun!) and giving him his antibiotics--and that he'd be much happier at home, so I brought him home. He meowed with joy when he saw Dylan and immediately rushed out of the carrier to rub up against him. Dylan bopped him on the head (of course), and then Chaplin ran to his food dish and ate and drank some water.

I don't know how he made such a rapid improvement, but I'm so happy for it. I'll keep everyone updated. He gets some more antibiotics (Cefa drops) tonight, and I also have to take his temp a couple of times.

Thanks so much.
post #39 of 61
It will take time my new kitten has been sick and was on clavamox and now is on cefa drops.
I hope your cat likes the medicine.
It smells like its orange flavored.
Sounds like he is getting better now.
The fever will start coming down.
My Meeko did not eat or drink at all.
post #40 of 61
That is great news Prayers he continues to improve
post #41 of 61
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So Chaplin's fever has DEFINITELY come down--I took his temp a few hours ago, and it was 103.2, which is only about one degree above normal. He FEELS much cooler to the touch (he was burning hot yesterday). He's still eating and drinking like a champ, but he's also still INCREDIBLY lethargic. I've been waking him up so that he can eat and drink and potty (once he sees the food, he goes right to the dish), and then he'll hang around for a little bit, but he always goes right back to the couch and sleeps. He seems to be sleeping very, very deeply and peacefully. Is this normal, even though the fever is going down, for him to be so incredibly tired? I'm going to take his temp one more time before bed and give him his second dose of antibiotics. Since his fever is coming down with the antibiotics, can I be fairly certain that this is NOT the onset of something like FIP or FIV?

Thanks so much for your support! It's a strange feeling...I've cared for very, very sick cats for years at the shelter...but when it's my own kitty, I feel completely clueless, and everything suddenly seems a hundred times more overwhelming.


Chaplin's mom
post #42 of 61
well, i don't know about cats... but humans are generally very tired after a high fever.
post #43 of 61
He should be tired for awhile.
I am glad the fever is coming down.
post #44 of 61
Thread Starter 
I checked his temp again and it's back up to 104. The vet said it might fluctuate for awhile...when can I expect it to break? I really hope it doesn't stick around for weeks, like some fevers I've heard about. :/
post #45 of 61
Meekos took about 3 days before it broke.
Give him time to get better.
If he stays at 104 call the vet back.
post #46 of 61
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much, Mews. I've got him up in the bed with me, and I'm going to take his temp again in the morning. I'll keep everyone posted.
post #47 of 61
I hope his temp is down when you take it.
post #48 of 61
Fingers crossed, but i wouldn't worry about the lethargy
post #49 of 61
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Well...Chaplin's temp is still stuck on 104 as of this morning. I really think the antibiotics aren't doing anything....The vet referenced several cases where cats had a fever for several days, with nothing working to bring it down, and just got over it on their own. I still think Dylan gave something to Chaplin...I just wish I knew what it was.

I'm going to put a page in to the vet today. He'll probably tell me to bring Chaplin back in tomorrow.


I'm so worried I'm shaking, and I can barely sleep or eat. This whole ordeal is wreaking havoc on my health, too!
post #50 of 61
It's been said on this site before and I've seen it with my own cats. They can feel our stress and our nervousness. Remain calm, talk to your kitty explain why you are scared and worried about him and explain that you're doing everything you can.

Trust in your vet, and if you don't find a new one right now that you do trust.

post #51 of 61
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I talked to the vet this afternoon, and he told me that when Chaplin came in, his temp was actually 105.8--so...pretty close to 106! He also said that antibiotics need 48 hours to build up in the system, and it's only just now been that long. Finally, he assured me that he's comfortable with where Chaplin's at right now, and that he thought 104 was an indication that things were starting to improve. Chaplin's not getting any worse...he's just not getting that much better. He is, however, still eating and drinking, and he batted at the feather toy a bit when I was playing with the other cat. I'm trying to calm down and trust my vet, and I'm trying to let Chaplin sleep as much as he wants, without "hovering" over him. My vet did, after all, save Chaplin from a very, very horrible urinary blockage when Chaplin was a mere few hours from dying.

The vet told me to take Chaplin's temp again in the morning and to call him with the results. We may do another CBC if things haven't improved a bit.

Thanks again, to everyone.
post #52 of 61
It does take time.
I am glad he is eating and drinking.
That is a good sign.
post #53 of 61
Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
well, i don't know about cats... but humans are generally very tired after a high fever.

I know when I've had a high fever for any reason, it usually has knocked me on my butt!

If your vet didn't feel as if it was safe for Chaplin to come home, he probably wouldn't have let you pick him up. If he's eating & playing, I would think that's a good sign.
post #54 of 61
I just came across this thread, but wanted to add that last spring My Maggie, who had never been sick, suddenly spiked a temp of 105. She was not eating, but had no other signs of upper resperitory. She spent 24 hours at the vets on an I.V. drip with antibiotics in the drip. Her temp had not come down, but the vet sent her home. It took another couple days, but just a suddenly as it came on the temp went away. I too was very worried as I had never had a cat with only a high temp. Jordan is a differnt story, he has feline herpes. When he has a flare up, it is bad. He usualy has runny nose, runny eyes & sneezing, but in addition he normally has a temp of 105 for 7-10 days. In Jordan's case since they know it's a virus, it has to run it's course. He goes on anti-biotics to prevent a secondary infection & L-Lysine to help his immune system. Jordan was tested for FIV & FeLuk as a baby & tested negative, but he has never had a good immune system. I worry terribly about him every time he gets sick, but he has pull through so much. Cats are stronger than I give them credit for and it sounds like your kitty is preety strong. Do your best to think positive as your kitty can tell when you are nervous.
post #55 of 61
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Chaplin's temp was down to 103.3 this morning! I checked it twice, just to make sure, and then rang the vet, who was very pleased. He seems a little more alert, especially to noises outside and whatnot, which he had been previously ignoring. Please keep those purrs and prayers coming that his temp is going down and STAYING down. I'm trying not to be too happy just yet (but I am very pleased). I'm just so care he's going to spike again! But I think it's a pretty good sign that after several days stuck on 104/105, we're down to 103.3.

Thanks again, everyone, for your support during this time. You all have been WONDERFUL. I'll keep everyone updated.

post #56 of 61
Glad to hear he is feeling better.....I hope he is on the mend now and you can relax alittle....I get the same way when one of my pets are ill....Your not the only one :o)
post #57 of 61
I am glad it is going down.
Pretty soon it will be normal and you will not have to worry.
post #58 of 61
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*sigh* Temp is holding at 103.6 and has been since last night. I'm so frustrated! This round of antibiotics will be done tonight, and the vet is thinking of putting him on a new type tomorrow...we're wondering if it's toxoplasmosis. I'm going to have him run another CBC, just to make sure nothing new his happening. :/
post #59 of 61
Poor cat.
What are they thinking of putting him on?
I hope something helps him.
My Cleo had clavamox then cefa drops.
The Cefa Drops helped her but the clavamox did not.
She never had a high fever like your cat.
post #60 of 61
Thread Starter 
I'm not sure, but I'm willing to guess that the vet will want to put him on a toxoplasmosis-specific antibiotic. HOWEVER, I still firmly believe that this is a virus of some sort. Chaplin seems to be fighting it on his own--he has his ups and downs, it seems. He just ate an entire jar of chicken baby food and is looking very happy and pleased with himself. I'm thinking of getting some nutri-cal paste to help him get enough calories and to stimulate his appetite. At least the baby food has a lot of water in it, which is good for his hydration.

Do you notice if your kitties shed more when they're sick? Chaplin's doing a good job of grooming himself, but he seems to be losing more hair than normal.
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