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Fever of Unknown Origin in a kitten [Jun. 3rd, 2013|04:05 pm]
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Took my kitten to the vet this morning and that's what they diagnosed her with. She had a fever of 104. They gave me a bottle of antibiotics (clavamox, I belive) and told me to give it until the bottle was all gone, twice a day. He told me to also give her a cool bath to help break her fever, which I just did.

I was wondering if there's anything else I can do to make her comfortable? I know she can't have any human pain reliever/fever reducers. How often should I do the baths? Once a day until she's better?

She's napping the biggest part of the day, but also gets up to play and eat and her lungs and heart sounded good. They didn't do blood work because he said it was extremely unlikely that she had feline leukemia or FIV since she is a strictly indoors kitty and we've had her about a month. She's just hot with a fever.

Also, how long does it generally take for the antibiotics to start kicking in good? How long will she have the fever do you think?

[User Picture]From: harliquinnraver
2013-06-03 09:26 pm (UTC)
One of my cats is prone to upper respiratory infections every once in a while. She's had 2 bad ones that resulted in a high fever that basically lasted for a week and a half to 2 weeks. In addition to the sneezing, her face and ears got really red (that would be the fever.) After 5-7 days on the antibiotics, the red started to fade/the fever finally broke. The sneezing stopped a few days later.

We were never instructed to give cool baths, so I'm afraid I can't help you there.

Just keep a close eye on her. Antibiotics can take several days before they appear to be working, but rest assured, they're doing what they're supposed to do.

Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: robinchristine
2013-06-03 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm worried because this is the first time I've had a kitten with such a high fever. Hopefully the antibiotics will work their magic. The vet said if it was viral we'd just have to wait for it to run it's course.
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[User Picture]From: fwickee
2013-06-03 10:05 pm (UTC)
It depends on what is causing the fever - sometimes it can break within 24 hours, sometimes it will take a few days. As long as she's eating and somewhat active, I think you're fine not to bathe her any more (you don't want to drop her temperature too much!). If she gets very lethargic, or refuses food and/or water then let your veterinarian know. Otherwise, she'll probably be as good as new within a week. =)
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