Acceptable body temperature range of domestic cats

The acceptable body temperatures for a domestic cat in degrees Fahrenheit are 100, 101 and 102. The chart shows the range.

Domestic cat temp range
Domestic cat temp range. Source: Dr Fogle. Image: MikeB
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Below is the same chart embedded from Google Docs. Why two the same? Because embedded images sometimes fail in my experience.


What is the body temperature of humans? Answer: 36.5–37.5 °C (97.7–99.5 °F). It is a bit lower than the domestic cat’s. Why is that? Answer: Domestic cat metabolism is higher than a cat’s. Why is it higher? Answer: “body mass, higher-level taxonomic affiliation, and the conditions…[of] food availability under which an animal has evolved” – Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Body mass is a big or primary factor I would suggest. Cats are a lot smaller. The laws of physics dictates that they lose more heat than humans. Therefore they have to create more heat than humans to maintain body temperature. Therefore their metabolic rate is higher. Metabolism is like a furnace stoked up by food.


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