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Old 05-12-2009, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Our 4 month old kitten has sporadically started shivering like we do when it's cold. I've never seen a kitty shiver though. Even Coco didn't and she had trouble maintaining warmth. She doesn't feel cold. Is there something someone might know? She has an apptment on Fri but wanted to see if anyone had any ideas prior?
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Old 05-12-2009, 06:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My Fergie shivered a fair amount after she had surgery in December, and it gradually stopped as she got better. She always felt warm to me, but I'd cover her with a blanket and the shivering would stop. That's the only time I've seen either of the girls shiver, so I attribute shivering to not feeling well. If you're going to the vet on Friday and you don't see anything else wrong with your kitten you're probably fine to wait, but keep a close eye on her just to be sure.
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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She has a few more things wrong that I am concerned with, but I think she should be ok till Friday when we get paid. So do you think if she was in pain she might be shivering? I've covered her before and the shivering slowly goes away, but like my kids she tends to move and uncovers herself
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Old 05-12-2009, 11:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Kittens can go downhill very quickly. If your baby is shivering and exhibiting other worrisome symptoms, I'd get her to a vet immediately. She may not make it until Friday.

Have you taken her temperature? She may be running a high fever. Shivering can also be symptomatic of illness or pain.

I think you'd be taking a big risk to wait until Friday to get her veterinary attention.

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Old 05-13-2009, 01:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I understand what you are saying with kittens getting worse in a heatbeat. I unfortunately had to experience that with 2 of my kittens recently.

No, I was saying her symptoms weren't worrisome. The only thing I am wondering about is the shivering. I took her temp and it is average (100F). I will keep an eye on her and see what happens.
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Old 05-13-2009, 06:06 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ok, she is going to the vets as soon as they open in a few hours!
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Old 05-13-2009, 01:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I called the vet as soon as they opened and they got us in at 9:15am. I could have gotten in at 8:45am, but had to get my daughter up who stayed home from school. They did a fecal test and examined her. Her temp was 103F. Poor thing was on the exam table shivering like crazy and purring at the same time! They rx her a med for the rectal inflammation as well as an antibiotic. The fecal test came up negative for pretty much everything, even potential eggs of possible parasites. He ended up diagnosing her with "Campylobacter Enteritis". Now I'm off to read the "How to administer meds to a cat" thread!
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