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My cat is drooling excessively, she had some discharge from

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My cat is drooling excessively, she had some discharge from her eyes but I cleaned it away. She wouldn't eat her hard treats, and we're seeing if she'll eat canned food right now. She still drinks her water from what I can tell, and she has been sleeping more often than normal. She also had worms before, but we had seemingly got rid of them with some worm medicine. She doesn't seem to have anything wrong with her gums and teeth (we checked lightly yesterday, but she's not the type to hold still and let us find out either)...
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. 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: Her name is ***** ***** she's only about a year and a half old.
JA: How old is Sammy?
Customer: About a year and a half old...?
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Sammy?
Customer: I don't think she's allergic to anything, and she has had breathing problems in the past. She sounds like she can breathe now, however, so I don't know for sure what else to do. She gained weight, then lost it, and gained it back again...
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 11 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.

I'm sorry for this concern about Sammy. I do have a few thoughts as to what might be causing her symptoms. Please give me a few minutes to type back a response for you. Thanks for your patience. Deb

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 11 months ago.

There actually could be several different reasons why she's behaving this way, especially reasons why she might be excessively salivating or drooling:

1. Problems in the mouth such as an infected tooth, ulcers, abscesses, or foreign body. Even though you didn't see anything obvious when you took a peek in her mouth, it's still possible that this is the issue. Sometimes to perform a more thorough oral exam, sedation may be necessary to adequately examine the mouth.

2. Nausea for any reason. Systemic diseases such as kidney disease (she's a little on the young side for such an issue) or inflammatory bowel disease can cause cats to feel nauseous. Bloodwork might be suggested if this is suspected although inflammatory bowel disease is only diagnosed with a biopsy (understandably something that most owners are reluctant to have done).

3. Ingestion of any noxious substance that she might have groomed off of her body (such as flea/tick products) or anything that she might have licked. I wouldn't expect her to have other symptoms, though.

4. Early upper respiratory infection or Calici virus. This virus can attack the mucous membranes in the mouth and create ulcers on the hard palate and tongue which can be quite painful. Some of these cats will also develop an eye discharge and might run a fever. In most cases, they're also sneezing, though, which she's apparently not doing...not yet, anyway.

5. Spontaneous. In some cats, we can’t find an explanation and these cats will spontaneously stop drooling and we won’t have had any idea why they started in the first place.

Over the counter, human Pepcid AC (Famatodine) can be given if she might be a little nauseous; the dose would be ¼ of a 10 mg tablet twice a day. I wouldn't suggest any other otc medications, though, since cats can be quite sensitive to many of them which might cause more harm.

If she continues to behave as you've described, then a vet visit may be prudent but it doesn't sound as if this is an ER type of situation just yet.

I hope this helps. Deb