This month we continue with the vaccination campaign in Veterinaris Montuïri and we want to talk about a very common disease in young kittens but can affect cats of any age, which is known as Feline Respiratory Syndrome. If you notice that your cat is drooling and purring at the same time, there’s a good chance that you have a very, very content little fluffball on your hands — aww. Symptoms can include fever, behavioral changes, drooling, aggression, muscle weakness, paralysis, seizures, coma and ends in death. It’s a matter worth looking into. Coughing and drooling can also be clear indications of cat flu or cat colds. She may be replicating her actions during nursing time with her mother cat — probably a very soothing and comforting concept in her brain. Consult a veterinarian immediately if a cat appears to have contracted rabies or the feline herpes virus or is suffering from liver complications.
However, drooling accompanied by watering of the eyes and loss of appetite is likely due to a feline viral respiratory infection but cats can also have excessive salivation from feline herpes virus (rhinotracheitis virus) or calicivirus. Aww. I think it’s time to go back to the vet and have him looked at again and get different antibiotics, and possibly pain medication, if there is an ulcer. It’s funny about these cats who drool when they are happy:) and we read that some cats drool when they have happy dreams 🙂 This cat doesn’t do that, but it’s cute that some do. Treatment is the same as for calici – antibiotics to fight bacterial infection, as well as supportive care with vitamins and subcutaneous fluids if needed. Once at the vet’s office, the cat may receive nose drops, eye ointments and antibacterial medication, especially if it has a secondary infection. As well, they can also present as growths in the mouth that can displace the tongue and make it stick out.
Direct contact : When your cat comes into contact with the oral or respiratory secretions of a cat who is shedding the virus. Unfortunately, there is no cure for feline herpes, and the virus stays in the cat’s body forever. As well, another consideration (if your kitty also has some ocular signs or possible respiratory signs) is that we can see these signs associated with the pain of feline herpes virus induced oral ulcers. Herpes is a virus that causes lifelong infection, and often these cats are carrying it since kittenhood. Eating these animals whole actually helped keep their teeth clean. In the latter, these are notorious painful and can be another reason why a cat could show struggling at meal time and drooling. It can also affect the voice, and the irritation of the throat can make these cats cough, retch and vomit.
Finally, while you haven’t noted a bad smelling breath, we do have to consider that in older cats we can see drooling and signs of this nature associated with kidney disease. Leukemia: is a disease caused by a virus that changes the genetic characteristics of certain cells and causes immune suppression. Cat purring is still somewhat of a mystery, and while it has been observed in the time when the cat feels comfortable, some cats have been known to purr when feeling ill, giving birth or even dying. A side effect of uremia is the formation of oral ulcers and ammonia scented breath. And these ulcers (as well as associated nausea) can make the cats drool. As well the toxin is know to cause nausea for kitties and that as well factors into their lack of appetite. No Veterinarian is able to identify the cause or the form of this disease.
Overall, these are the main things I would be considering in your wee one’s case. Since he is already struggling and we don’t want this to progress to a stage where he is totally off his food (since anorexia will cause even more issues for him and could complicate recovery), I’d advise that you do want to consider having him seen by his vet soon. I would say that consider his signs and age, it would be an urgent visit but not an emergency one (so you can wait until your normal vet is open). If you do need to wait to have him seen, we do want to try and facilitate his ability to eat and get nutrition in. While causes of feline diabetes are not really known, there is a link with diabetes and being overweight. Further to this, if tempting doesn’t work, then we do have to consider initiating syringe feeds to get food in. In that case, you may want to try Hill’s A/D (LINK) from your local vet.
This is a critical care diet that is comes as a soft, palatable pate. It is calorically dense, so a little goes a long way nutrition-wise and this could just help get some more calories into her even if we can’t get a huge volume of food in. As well, for syringing food, you can use the animal verison of Ensure (balanced for animals dietary requirements) called Clinicare Canine/Feline Liquid Diet (LINK). Baby oil or pure moisturizing lotions can also guard against cracking and drying of the outside of the nose. Your vet should be able to order it for you but it is available without a prescription (as you can see Amazon stock it as well). They also make one specifically for older cats with kidney troubles, and this could be an alternative for a full grown cat. This way it would a means of getting nutrition into him, and staving off further weight loss.
Parainfluenza: This virus causes a mild respiratory disease in dogs. The vet can do this via an oral exam (which cats in his situation don’t tend to be particularly amenable to just letting anyone look). Depending in their findings, the vet will be able to access his mouth and address the root of the problem, and will also be able to provide long lasting injectable antibiotics and cat safe pain relief if necessary. And if they do find ulces in the mouth, then you might consider having a urine or blood sample checked to determine if these signs are actually due to underlying kidney troubles for poor wee Buster. Please remember to only rate my answer when you are satisfied. My vet gave me the name of a surgeon, they want $1000. I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek.
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