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We have 2 cats just over 1 year old females, both have come

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Hi we have 2 cats just over 1 year old females, both have come into contact with patio cleaner 2 days ago, they are off their food and not as active as normal
JA: Hi there. A lack of appetite can seem worrying. The Expert will know how to help. Does the cat seem to be in any pain?
Customer: no they are happy to be smoothed and purr but they both have signs of excessive drool but that seems to have stopped
JA: What's the cat's name and age?
Customer: moppy and cookie aboout 1.5 years old sisters
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: Patio magic was the cleaner they have come into contact with
Submitted: 20 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience.

I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for Moppy and Cookie.

Did they ingest neat patio cleaner or did they walk on the patio after it was cleaned?

Have they shown any signs such as vomiting, drooling, diarrhoea, fast breathing or lethargy?

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
They have walked on it whilst it was wet 2 days ago they have drooled by the looks of their chins but not now, one’s eaten a bit but they are more lethargic than normal but it is hot. Not sickness or diarrhoea
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

And was this cleaner diluted with water and used for cleaning the patio?

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
It was neat patio magic
Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Sprayed over the patio
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

As this product is marketed as pet safe and, given the way they were exposed to it, I think it is unlikely it is the issue. This is especially true if you did not witness them lick at the floor.

Are their gums pink and wet?

Have you recently changed their diet?

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Same food, worried they have ingested it via cleaning
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

Sorry, what do you mean by this? That they licked the patio after it was cleaned?

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
No they walked on the wet chemicals, then maybe licked their paws whilst cleaning themselves
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

As the chemical was wet when they walked on it (I did not realise this, I thought it had been allowed to dry), there would be a potential risk.

Can you see any redness or ulcers on their tongues or gums?

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
No
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

Good, ok.

Do they feel hot to the touch?

Any fast breathing?

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
No they seem ok
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

Thank you.

If you offered e.g. warm chicken or fish would they eat this?

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Ones eaten some tuna
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

Ok, sure.

So from all we know, I think a chemical toxicity is sounding unlikely.

It is quite possible this is heat related, or caused by something else such as a viral infection.

I would continue to tempt them to eat with foods like fish and chicken and offer plenty of water.

Watch closely for further signs such as vomiting, diarrhoea, oral lesions, fast breathing etc.

If not better in the morning, a vet check is sensible, so we can ensure we are not missing anything. If concerned, the vet can run blood and urine tests to assess organ function.

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Ok thanks I think I will get them checked over.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 20 days ago.

Not at all and please let me know if there is anything else.

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Customer: replied 20 days ago.
Thanks