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My cat is drooling Do you know what that could be?

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HiMy cat is droolingDo you know what that could be ?
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Cat
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 month ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

How old is she?

How long has she been showing signs?

Any retching, gagging, lip licking, or vomiting?

Any appetite loss or pain when eating?

Are her gums pink or white/pale? Moist or sticky?

Could she have eaten anything harmful (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
she is 4, no vomiting or gagging not really licking her lips
this was happening since yesterday.
not really eating gums look pale.
not sure if she has eaten any chemical , no bones or human meds
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 month ago.

Hi again,

Now I am a wee bit concerned about your kitty if she has paler then normal gums. This is because its not often something we see with most of our drooling concerns but can be a feature of internal GI bleeding or compromise to gut circulation from a blockage within the intestines. And both could cause nausea and with that drooling. So, if her gums are very pale for her or compared to your own, we'd need to think about having her seen now.

Otherwise, even without vomiting, drooling is often a feature of nausea at this age. As well, appetite loss tends to be too. Specific triggers for those include gut infection, pancreatitis, parasites, or dietary indiscretion. Of course, our other concerns would be her having licked something bitter tasting, dental disease, foreign material lodged between the teeth, injuries to the tongue (via rodent bites, etc) or oral ulcers from herpes virus. Oral tumors and ulcers from kidney disease can also appear this way but we'd hope those less likely for her age.

With this all in mind, again if she is pale we'd want her seen without delay. Otherwise, for nausea concerns we could consider treating her with a OTC pet safe antacid. [ie Pepcid (More Info/Dose @http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid), Tagamet (More Info/Dose Here @ http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/cimetidine-hcl-tagamet)]. Whichever you choose, we’d give this 20 minutes before food to allow absorption. Of course, do double check with your vet if she has a known health issues or is on any medications you haven't mentioned. Afterwards, you can tempt her on an easily digestible diet like boiled chicken, boiled white fish, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free). There are also OTC vet diets that can be used (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) too.

Overall, these are the main things I would be considering for her. Therefore, with all of this in mind, it' be ideal to consider having her seen by her vet soon. Urgently if she is pale to be safe. Her vet can perform an oral examination to help determine the primary condition that is causing her oral signs. Depending in their findings, the vet will be able to access her mouth and address the root of the problem, and will also be able to provide long lasting injectable antibiotics and cat safe pain relief if necessary to get this settled for her.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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