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Frau is drooling

post #1 of 16
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What could that mean? She's sitting on the table and is drooling...there's a noticeable puddle.

Is drooling normal? I have that vet appointment on Tuesday to get her spayed and tested.

What should I do?

edit: I just checked online and, while it can sometimes be normal, I'd assume in this situation i don't think it is. She looked like she was trying to hack up a hairball yesterday, but nothing came up...almost like a coughing fit a human would have. But, I assumed it was her attempt to get a hairball up because it sounds kind of like MK when he yacks something up.

Her eyes are still bright and her ears aren't droopy or anything. I assume those are indicators of health. I wonder if the clinic that's going to do the spay can see her tomorrow afternoon. I sent a text message to my friend to get her thoughts, but she might be at work and unable to respond.
post #2 of 16
It sounds like she could be nauseous. Could she have gotten into anything that would have made her ill (plants, chemicals, etc.)?
post #3 of 16
check the colour of her gums if they are white or very dark it could be serious and you should get kitty to the vet ASAP
post #4 of 16
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her gums are pink. Since she's in the bathroom, she might have gotten into the discarded soap we had in on the ledge of the bathtub (I've since removed it and cleaned it off good) or licked the lid of our Tea Tree shampoo, since it's minty.

She couldn't have gotten into the cleaning stuff we have under the sink because her litter box is in the way of the cupboard.

I cleaned out her food and water bowl, scrubbed them, rinsed them off really good, and replaced everything.

She IS eating, so I imagine that's a good sign. While quite unrelated, I know that turtles tend not to eat when they are sick, and since they view us in the same capacity as cats do when it comes to food, I figure it's safe to assume that other animals are the same way...won't eat when they are sick.

I think it's time to give the bathroom another good scrub down. After she's sees the vet (have an appointment early Tuesday morning), gets spayed, and recovers, I think it's time for her to move into the bedroom.

But, she's stuck back in the bathroom after my initial cleaning (with warm water) to keep her quarantined. She doesn't appear to be drooling anymore, though the front of her chin is still a little damp, so it appears to be subsiding.
post #5 of 16
Could very well be the soap. If a kitty tastes something that is bitter, they will drool.
post #6 of 16
Tea tree is bad for kitties, I hope she didn't lick that. Keep that put up after use from now on.

Cats are a little more tolerant eating wise, some have to be on their deathbed before they stop eating all together. Others will go off food if their tummies are only slightly upset - or if they're mad at you for some reason (my big cat Sho has missed a meal before because he was pouting...).

Silly question, she doesn't try to steal drinks of turtle water does she?
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
Tea tree is bad for kitties, I hope she didn't lick that. Keep that put up after use from now on.

Cats are a little more tolerant eating wise, some have to be on their deathbed before they stop eating all together. Others will go off food if their tummies are only slightly upset - or if they're mad at you for some reason (my big cat Sho has missed a meal before because he was pouting...).

Silly question, she doesn't try to steal drinks of turtle water does she?
I figured Tea Tree Oil was bad as well. I saw some cat toothpaste at the petstore that sells the high end pet food, with this as a prime ingredient. I was surprised.
post #8 of 16
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No. She doesn't try to get into the turtle tanks.

I moved the tea tree shampoo out of reach.

I've been checking her gums, and they're all pink. Are there any other signs I should be looking for? She's attentive, prissy, eats, drinks, goes to the bathroom, etc. So, no behaviorial changes.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by kcwm View Post
No. She doesn't try to get into the turtle tanks.

I moved the tea tree shampoo out of reach.

I've been checking her gums, and they're all pink. Are there any other signs I should be looking for? She's attentive, prissy, eats, drinks, goes to the bathroom, etc. So, no behaviorial changes.
Sounds like she's fine. Since she's stopped drooling and is acting normal in other respects, I'd olny worry if she starts acting odd or shows some sort of distress.

When I google tea tree oil, it sounds like it's toxic in high, undiluted form, which I bet your shampoo didn't have. And the symptoms they describe are nervous system effects like inbalance, shaking, and becoming hypothermic. And that starts within 5 hours. So you seem to be in the clear.

I remember that my cat Jeffery did the heavy drool thing after he bit into a stem of a tomato. I had some of those green house/vine ripened tomatoes and a piece of the stem fell on the kitchen floor. He apparently bit into it. He drooled for a bit and then was fine.
post #10 of 16
Did this happen just after you treated her with Advantage? We had two kittens once who foamed at the mouth just after a treatment
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
No on the advantage. I've checked her for fleas and have found none.

Apparently, she managed to mix her water with her food. There's no way she could have drooled THAT much. So, her food was soggy and she wouldn't eat it. She was hungry though.

The drool had not totally stopped last night, but it was very minimal. She probably just got into something that she wasn't supposed to. MK has always feared the bathroom, so he's never gone in there. Whereas, Frau doesn't mind it at all.
post #12 of 16
re: Advantage... I had this happen to my cat after putting Revolution on him. Apparently it is the alcohol in these products... some cats don't tolerate it very well since it is so strong.
post #13 of 16
Could it be a bad tooth? One of my cats was holding his mouth open a little bit and he was drooling, it turned out he had a bad tooth that had to be extracted.
post #14 of 16
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funny thing about extracted teeth...well not funny, but coincidental. MK lost his lower right tooth. One day, it looks like it's protruding...like a bull dog. I pick him up and he squirms when I go near his face. I think it's odd because he will try to get down, but he never squirms. I gave him some hard food instead a packet of soft food and it came right out. I kept his water super fresh and it never looked back.

Frau (we call her Frau-burger now) has a pretty good looking mouth. But, I'm going to ask the vet to give her a lookover when they are spaying her, just in case. I mean, he's already right there, so might as well.

I plan on getting her spayed, her full line of shots, and a microchip if they do that, since they will already have her open for surgery. If she has ear mites, then we will get medicine for that as well.

She's pesky...I forget what it's like to have a kitten that age. She jumped up on my shoulder today while I was playing a video game...freaked me out. Apparently, she wanted to sit there...thought it'd be a good seat.
post #15 of 16
Just be careful that it's not too much in her system at once. I know they do it with ferals and semi ferals that are unlikely to be trapped that often, but it makes me nervous anyways - anesthesia is hard enough on a kitty's body as it is.

I think they prefer pet cats to have shots first then spay or neuter a week or two later.
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
She's there now.

I opted to not have them do the microchip thing.

She's getting spayed, rabies shot, FIP and FeLV shots, and ear mite treatment, just in case.
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