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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My cat suddenly started foaming at the mouth and growling,

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My cat suddenly started foaming at the mouth and growling
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with your cat?
Customer: She is just sleeping now
JA: Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help your cat. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Kitten is her name, she is 17
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Kitten?
Customer: Her thyroid is overactive and left heart enlarged

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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Kitten, please?

Foaming at the mouth is caused by more than usual saliva being aerated. There's often an increased respiratory rate/mouth breathing as well. This can arise if a cat tastes something distasteful, is experiencing gastroesophageal reflux (GERD, acid reflux, heartburn) or pain in the oral cavity. Growling is an indication of displeasure as you might imagine.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Good morning, yes Kitten is looking and feeling good this morning. I also believe it was something she ate whilst outside yesterday.
Thank you for your assistance.

Thank you for the good update. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know.

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