Originally Posted by imogen
I'm brand new to this site and have a strange problem. I adopted a 5 year old cat from a local shelter. Her owner had died and she was alone in the house for nearly a month before being found. After two weeks on kitten food, she's back to a healthy weight. (Hooray!)
BUT she has the oddest problem. She drools when she purrs. That's the only time I notice it. She did have eye discharge, but this has cleared up. (Although it did leave her with a fur-less patch where the discharge was.) She occasionally sneezes.
The shelter owner says all the cats there are healthy and attributes this to stress. She has settled in well (aside to an aversion to the upstairs) and is eating and drinking.
Any ideas about this bizarre condition? Could it be herpes?
Many healthy cats drool when purring when they are kneading at the same time. One of my cat does when she is kneading on me and purring. I guess they get so content and relaxed they relax everything, even their swallowing. If the only time your cat drools is while purring, I would not worry.
Edit: I read further and see your cat had a respiratory infection and drooled even when not purring. Hope all stays well.