Of course, because "excitement" loves me, I get a text at 10 pm last night from my mom about Raya (now Tammy) apparently missing in my mom's 3rd floor condo. I head on over despite thinking she's just found a really nice and comfy spot to sleep. I actually found her exactly where I thought she'd be. Under my mom's large reclining couch. She was sleeping so I offered her some canned Royal Canin which she loves... She didn't budge. Strange. I went behind the couch in the hopes I could lure her out that way.
This already was completely unlike Tammy at all. Tammy has always greeted everyone at the door, followed my mom around 24/7 since the day she came home, plus she always came when her name was called.
I managed to get her out and hand her to my mom. She was quiet and not purring. I was certain her face even looked swollen. My mom put her down and she ran to the litter box to relieve herself, but then she just sat in it looking uncomfortable. I wasn't liking this at all. First Angel's passing on the 28th, then Spanky's diagnosis of DCM, then Digit declined rapidly and was diagnosed with an acute liver infection. Then I lost Raina... I wasn't prepared to lose Tammy too.
I picked her up and palpated her stomach, feeling for lumps, and checking joints for breaks. Nothing. I put her down and she ran and hid under my mom's bed. I went to her, saw Tammy's face and told my mom to get her shoes on.
To say I was filled with dread is an understatement.
We were seen at the emergency clinic rather quickly and it was discovered she had a fever of 104° (normal for cats is between 100°-102.5°). Because of her history, the vet believed she was having another relapse of her URI despite having next to no symptoms before that day. She got sub-q fluids into her back, a steroid injection, and some antibiotics. By the time we got home, the fluids and steroids alone had her back to normal. What a shock from just two hours prior.
So, with that I'm sharing common symptoms to watch for in your feline as this could have had a very different ending than it did. I'm just happy everything worked out and Tammy is 100% back to normal now.
What are the symptoms of fever?
Reluctance to move
Loss of appetite
Pain and tenderness when touched (hyperalgesia)
Hunched over appearance
Increased breathing (hypernea)