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What is Low Body Temperature?

Hypothermia is a serious health condition that can become a life-threatening situation within minutes if the feline is unable to restore its core body temperature. Outdoor cats, stray cats, short haired and hairless cats are commonly affected by hypothermia during the winter months, but cats that undergo surgery are also at risk. Anesthesia slows the heart rate and flow of blood, resulting in a lower body temperature. Veterinary professionals use proactive methods during the use of anesthesia to prevent hypothermia, but prolonged surgeries can put a cat at risk. Low body temperature can also be an after-effect of cats in shock, cardiovascular disease and limb thromboembolism, so seeking a proper diagnosis from a veterinary professional is a must. 

A cat’s normal body temperature is between 37.7 and 39.2C or 100 to 102.5F. When a feline’s core temperature drops below the standard value, he or she is believed to have low body temperature. Low body temperature, or hypothermia, has initial signs of shivering as the body uses muscle contractions in an attempt to warm itself. If the feline cannot restore body temperature in time, the condition soon becomes severe, resulting in slow blood flow, a decreased heart rate and eventual death. Cats with short hair, or hairless cats, living in cold environments are the most susceptible to low body temperature. 

Symptoms of Low Body Temperature in Cats

Symptoms of hypothermia range from mild to severe, depending on the underlying cause and the amount of time the cat’s temperature has remained below normal. Low body temperature in cats can easily be detected by a cat owner through the following symptoms:

Mild Low Body Temperature

  • Lethargy
  • Listlessness
  • Cold skin 
  • Shivering

Moderate Low Body Temperature

  • Blue or pale gums
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Slow, shallow breath
  • Drowsiness

Severe Low Body Temperature

  • Coma 
  • Collapse
  • Death 

Causes of Low Body Temperature in Cats

Environment-Associated Hypothermia 

The cause of low body temperature in cats is quite similar to the cause of hypothermia in humans. If your cat has become wet and is the temperature is cold, the feline’s temperature could easily drop. Cats that are left outside in the rain or snow without shelter can easily develop environment associated hypothermia. Cats with short hair or no hair are most susceptible to this type of hypothermia, as well as infants and elderly cats. 

Anesthesia-Associated Hypothermia

Cats which undergo lengthy surgeries that require heavy sedation are prone to anesthesia-related hypothermia. Anesthesia slows the heart rate, slows the breath, and blocks all nerve receptors, preventing the cat from moving or feeling. As anesthesia slows bodily functions, it also lowers the body’s core temperature and the cat could develop hypothermia if not properly monitored. 

Toxicity-Related Hypothermia 

Cats that ingest ivermectin (a parasite medication), paracetamol (acetaminophen), rat poisoning, or other toxic substances can experience blood loss and low heart rate, resulting in a low body temperature. 

Shock-Related Hypothermia

Septic shock related to an intestinal leakage or infection of the blood can cause a feline to go into shock and suffer a lower core temperature. 

Diagnosis of Low Body Temperature in Cats

Low body temperature in cats can be easily diagnosed through the use of a rectal thermometer, which will give the veterinarian an estimate of your cat’s core temperature. A physical examination of the feline is also a very helpful diagnostic tool for the veterinarian as symptoms such as shivering, blue mucous membranes, and a weak appearance are clear warning signs of hypothermia. During this time, the veterinarian will ask you to talk about your cat’s current medications, behavior at home, and the chance of accidental ingestion of a poisonous substance. 

Treatment of Low Body Temperature in Cats

The main treatment goal in a cat with low body temperature is to warm her up and increase her core body temperature. There are two treatment options for increasing the body temperature in a cat: passive external and active internal methods. 

Passive External

Passive external treatment is used in cats with mild to moderate hypothermia. The feline is warmed from the outside through the use of blankets, heating pads, and heated water bottles. Heating pads and heated water bottles will be covered by protective blankets to prevent burns to the cat’s skin. A hair dryer should NEVER be used to restore a cat’s core body temperature. 

Active Internal 

Active internal treatment is used in severe cases of hypothermia, as the veterinarian will warm the feline from the inside out. Intravenous fluids and heat ventilation are commonly used during active internal treatments, but your veterinarian may choose one or the other. 

Recovery of Low Body Temperature in Cats

Low body temperature in cats can have a positive result if immediate treatment is sought by the pet owner. The longer a cat remains hypothermic, the greater the chance for permanent tissue damage to result as the blood flow was slowed for that length of time. Your veterinarian may ask to hospitalize the cat for a couple of days or for you to keep the cat isolated to the indoors to monitor her condition. 

Low Body Temperature Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

rusty
long hair
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Ear Itching

i ahve a 7 year old long hair male cat..hes inside only cat.but his ears have been bothering him and hes scratched at it.so until i could take him to vet i read online about using all natural coconut oil.so i did but didnt seem to help.and i checked his temp and its alittle low.like one time it was 97.6 then next day 98.5.its been alittle chilly in the mornings here but not real bad.maybe 47 in the mornigs.otherwise hes fine eats good and everything..so is this temp due to his ear maybe infected?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am concerned about Rusty’s body temperature, usually when the temperature is below 100F we classify that as being hypothermia; firstly just to note I have seen occasions (may be three times) when owners have measured their loved ones temperature and it is either too low or too high only to come to the Veterinary clinic and the temperature to be normal due to an inaccurate home thermometer. Usually the causes of low body temperature in cats are due to environment if it is persistently cold, lack of thermoregulation, shock or poisoning; the itching of the ears may be due to ear infection, parasites or allergens. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to check his ears and to have a general examination to see if the cause of the low body temperature is just environmental or something more sinister. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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well i still had to take rusty to the vet he had a real bad ear infection and hes on ear drops..she said sometimes the temp can drop if hes had the infection for awhile.

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buzzo
Persian
one month old
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping all the time
Weakness
Black Stool
Loss of appetite

my one month old persian cross kitten temperature is 96. her stool is black in colour

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The normal rectal temperature in cats is between 100-102.5°F; there are a few causes for low body temperature in cats, usually due to a cold environment but with black stools we may suspect that there is some gastrointestinal bleeding leading to the presence of digested blood in the stool. The possible causes of the symptoms are poisoning (from poisons or reaction to medications) or due to shock caused by internal bleeding which would explain the black stool; given Buzzo’s age I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian as soon as possible especially if there are signs of anaemia (white or pale gums). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

i have new born persian kitten they are so healthy bat they die one bye one bcause of low temperature what do i have me to do?

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Sophire
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Low tem
Vomiting

Our cat sophire gave birth to six kittens two weeks ago today. Couple days ago she statrted vomiting and not eating. She’s super weak. Low body temp 98 degrees . We have been bottle feeding the kittens from day one to help out.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Sophire may have a problem related to the birth that needs treatment. it would be best to have her examined right away by a veterinarian, as they can asess her and recommend any treatment that she may need. I hope that she is okay.

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Smokey
domestic short hair
15 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Hunger
Low Temperature
Diarrhea
Weight Loss
Low temperature weight loss diarrh
Collapse

Medication Used

none

My cat aged 15 years is at vet hospital now with low temperature, weight loss (weighs 2.8kg) despite seeming revenously hungry for a few months & diarrhoea. I found her suddenly deteriorated yesterday morning and she was walking as if intoxicated. Vet tested kidney& liver function -all fine. Scanned abdomen - only discovery was enlarged lymph glands. Vet suspects possible over active thyroid and is taking blood sample for that today. However body temperature is not back to normal despite being give heat therapy since admission yesterday.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Body temperature and thyroid function can be related with thyroid function having an effect on temperature; once your Veterinarian has results from the thyroid test they will be able to act accordingly; however overactive thyroid normally results in an increased body temperature where an underactive thyroid would result in a lower body temperature. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kicker
Normal cat
One Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
vomitting and not eating.

My cat has been vomitting for days but when he drank meds for vomitting he stopped. But he still vomits once a day. It is yellow. He is not eating too but I'm giving him dextrose as his water. I fed him his antibiotic given by the vet but he vomitted it just now after having it for the second day. His body temp. is low too because his ears, toes and hands, nose are cold. What should I do?Kicker

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ears and paws are not a reliable indicator of body temperature, a rectal thermometer is the best way to measure the core body temperature; temperature of ears and paws can be misleading. The vomiting is most likely due to a loss of appetite and the buildup of stomach acid, you should try to encourage appetite by feeding small chunks of boiled chicken by hand which is normally well tolerated. Without examining Kicker, I cannot say specifically what the cause of the vomiting and loss of appetite are as they are symptoms shared with hundreds of different conditions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Terry
Persian short hair
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Before two days ago my cat temperature decreased and reached at 98.He is just five month old.He cannot eat anything just drinking water.He become lazy and week.I inject ceftrixone 500mg injection and temperature become normal 100.But still he is not eating anything.I am very worried about my cat.kindly guide me what I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should encourage Terry to eat by slightly warming up some wet food in the microwave or mixing some smooth wet food with some water and syringing it into the mouth slowly drop by drop. I don’t approve of the use of injectable prescription products by owners and you should consult with your Veterinarian. There are various causes for a loss of body temperature in cats which include toxins, environmental, medication among other causes; again should should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sheldon
Bengal
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hello, my cat has currently been very odd. In the way that he no longer really interacts with anyone, he stays in bed all day sleeping, he doesn’t meow and when he does it sounds very weird. Along with that, his body feels a little cold to me and just recently he doesn’t want to eat much. He is still attentive but all than that there are more signs pointing to concern.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A cat may have a low skin temperature due to environmental factors, but the core temperature may still be within physiological range so it isn’t a reliable indicator of hypothermia. However, if there are other symptoms like lethargy and loss of appetite, you should be visiting your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side as there may be a hormonal condition or other cause for these symptoms; but without examining Sheldon, I cannot make a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Minouse
Bombay
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Personality change
Balance Loss

My cat was just found after being outside for three days in below zero temperatures. She has not been able too jump a quarter of the height she used too. She has a regular core temperature. What would have restricted her ability to jump?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Without examining her, I'm not sure why she isn't jumping, but any number of traumas or injuries could have happened to her while she was outside. It would be a good idea to have her seen by your veterinarian for an exam, and they can check her for injuries, pain, or any abnormal findings. I hope that she does well!

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Midnight
Kitty
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cold spot on exterior belly

My kitty has a mass in abdomen which has been biopsy but not results yet. Tonight I was petting his stomach where the mass is and it feels cold in that location

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The mass may be affecting the tissues around it and causing that feeling of coolness. You will be able to make more decisions when you get the biopsy results back, and can figure out what to do, with the help of your veterinarian. I hope that all goes well for Midnight.

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Gray
dsh
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Lethargy
Hypothermia

Gray vomited just liquid. He's lethargic with a temp of 96. He's an in/outdoor cat. He is also not eating/drinking. He knocked over his water bowl and just lay there in the puddle. He let me pick him up which he never has.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for hypothermia which may include environment (most common), poisoning, hormonal conditions (thyroid issues) among a few other causes; if Gray is presenting with this level of lethargy and body temperature you should visit your Veterinarian before they close for the weekend for an examination and some warm fluids if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Figaro
Unsure
7 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Diarrhea
Lethargy

My precious 7 week old was the runt of his litter, his mother stopped feeding him at around 4 or 5 weeks. My daughter and I fell in love with Figaro immediately upon meeting. less Than A week his affect began to deteriorate, after 6 days he stopped eating and drinking, having awful diarrhea. On the 6th day he would fall off of my chest, stopped purring, playing, etc. I rushed him to the animal hospital this weekend and his temp was 90 degrees. It’s been 36 hrs and the vet still cannot get his temp to stay regulated on his own without assistance and giving him iv fluids. Vet cannot get an accurate stool sample to see if he was infected by parasites. They tested for aids and luckemia but it was negative. He had to have a small blood transfusion as well but seems to still be deteriorating. What can I do to save our baby? Please respond and help me!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In some cases kittens are unable to regulate their body temperature due to an underdeveloped hypothalamus; other factors like environmental temperature, poisoning or other factors may be involved as well. It is important to keep the kitten warm and to offer supportive and symptomatic care which may include fluids and nutrients. I am unable to give any specific advice due to the varied nature of the condition with low body temperature being a symptom of an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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brave
Unsure
1 Month
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

cold temp around body not eating

my kitten is a few weeks old it has a cold body except for the head it wont drink its mothers milk it doesn't move around a lot and it has not grown a lot since birth
its making a sort of moaning,scream

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From your description, Brave needs to be seen by a veterinarian right away. Without examining him, there is not a lot that I can do over an email, and he needs supportive care and a good examination. I hope that he is okay.

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Belle
tabby
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Cold

What would cause a cat to suddenly drop their core temperature and become lethargic suddenly. She was fine yesterday but today she won't move is laying in weird positions and is cold to the touch

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a cat to get a low internal body temperature which may include environmental factors, head trauma, poisoning, hypothyroidism among other causes; if Belle’s body temperature is low you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine an underlying cause so that treatment may be given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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hero
Munchkin
1 Year
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

slow breathing-not eating or drink

i have a blind male cat he is about a year and three months old we are having a cold weather and he is outside on the balcony i go out from an hour because he was yawning and i found him laying under the rain i dont know what happened to him i want to know if he is dying or freezing!?
i lay him now beside the fire to feel warm he is breathing slow but he is not eating or drinking,his stomach as if it is vacuumed inside his body.what should i do to help him please!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1255 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without seeing Hero, I'm unfortunately unable to provide any guidance other than he should be seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible to determine what might be going on. They can take his temperature, assess him and determine what might he happening to him. I hope that he is okay.

Dol - my kitty, just have a constipation then diarrhea. Now, her paws are cold and pale. I also notice that shw is dehydrated. What will I do? It's already past time for her KMR and Amoxicillin.

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Denzel
Bengal
15 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Food
Lethargy
Low temp

My old Bengal cat has stopped eating 3 days in the vet examination shows nothing. Bloods are all fine. Had injections and tablets to encourage eating. Temp 34.5. cat refuses to be covered or anywhere warm. Worried. Concerned there nothing wrong but cat won't eat or move far. Advise??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the specific cause for the low body temperature is, however in older cats we may see an inability to moderate body temperature which may be due to aging or other conditions like hypothyroidism. I cannot say what the specific cause is, but further diagnostics are required by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Phoebe
Himalayan
10
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

I would like to know why my cat cant maintain her body temperature?

And what tests do you recommend, she is at the vet office right now and they cant find the cause

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The inability for a cat to regulate their body temperature may be due to a prolonged exposure to the cold, hormonal conditions (affecting pituitary or thyroid glands), poisoning among other disorders. The pituitary gland is responsible for regulating body temperature and any tumour or other factor affecting the gland may cause issues with body temperature; unfortunately due to the location of the gland it can only be visualised by CT scan or MRI. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jack
Domestic longhair
4 Weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Little shivering at first
Lethargy
No appetite

Medication Used

Vitamin. Worm, ticks, ringworm
Vitamin

At first when jack have shown symptom of lethargy and no appetite, i bring to vet and they give the ticks and ringworm medicine and vitamin. Then,the kitten have become more lethargic .The next day i bring back to vet and the kitten temp is lower than normal and they said they cant give antibiotic because the ktten temp is lower than normal. Could you help me please?😠

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1255 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without seeing Jack, I'm not sure what might be going on with him, but kittens at that age are prone to parasites and infectious disease. A low body temperature isn't a reason for not giving an antibiotic, but an antibiotic might not be indicated. It would be best to either follow up with your veterinarian, or seek a second opinion to try and find out how to help Jack. I hope that he is okay.

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Leia
Himalayan
4 Weeks
Mild
Has Symptoms
Loss Of Balance
Low Activity
Eating A Little
Depression
we recently found a kitten abandoned, looks to be about 4 weeks old. weve been bottle feeding her KMR for 5 days now and also started introducing wet kitten food... Today she seems to not have much interest in eating at all... Took her temperature and it was 96.4... Warming her now on my chest with a nice warm blanket on... hoping this will help her and also make her more interested on drinking or eating...