Yesterday, Dragonheart wasn't acting like himself. To start, he didn't wake my husband up for breakfast as usual, but since he had eaten a lot the previous day, we thought that maybe he just wasn't hungry yet. Then he seemed very lethargic throughout the day, and didn't eat or drink anything, and just lay curled up under the covers, sleeping all day. He also felt very warm to the touch. We couldn't even tempt him with treats. Even Temptations didn't work - we gave him a bunch, but he only ate two.
Our vet is open from 9:30 to 12:00 and then again from 16:00 to 19:00. It was after noon when we noticed that he was really warm, and hadn't been acting like himself all day (he had no interest in checking out Merlin, or in playing at all), and so we brought him to the vet right when they opened at 16:00.
They took Dragonheart's temperature, and it was 40.5°C, which is very high for a cat. Once you get over 41°C, tissues start to be damaged. So they wanted to get his fever down quickly. They gave him IV fluids and antibiotics, and gave him a separate shot to bring the fever down. We sat with him for a long while at the vet's while the IV fluids were being administered. Being a Sphynx, at least they didn't have to shave his leg to insert the IV! They also took some blood to be tested.
The shot that they gave him to bring the fever down worked like a charm! An hour and a half after we brought him back home, he was eating and drinking normally, and even playing a bit! His temperature also seemed to be close to normal.
Merlin and Dragonheart do not like being separated, and both were meowing on either side of the door to the kitten nursery last night. I slept with Merlin in the kitten nursery, while my husband slept with Dragonheart.
This morning Dragonheart was still doing better, but wasn't as active, and he felt a little warm. We brought him back to the vet, where he received more IV fluids. His temperature was a little elevated, but not too bad. He is very good when receiving the fluids, although he doesn't like having his temperature taken. I don't blame him - I wouldn't like having my temperature taken rectally either!
We bring him back to the vet tomorrow morning, for more IV fluids, and we have antibiotics to give him for the next week. The vet isn't quite sure what is causing the fever, but they think it is just an acute infection of some kind. Perhaps Merlin brought something with him that isn't affecting him, but that infected Dragonheart.
Dragonheart is being really good about the IV feed that is stuck to his leg, and hasn't tried to pull it off, although he has tried to lick it a few times. Needless to say, we are worried about our little guy, and hope he feels better soon.