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cat in heat drooling?

embean
September 21st, 2009, 07:35 PM
We got a new cat a few weeks ago. She isn't fixed and we haven't experienced her in heat yet. Today she has been drooling excessively- like a lot. She's also being extra affectionate/annoying.
In my mind this could be illness, or heat. I am leaning towards heat due to the timing, but I've never seen a cat in heat drool. Has anyone else experienced this?
She otherwise seems fine.

kathryn
September 21st, 2009, 10:08 PM
It could be any number of things. Some of my cats just occasionally drool. I'm not sure how it could relate to being in heat though. You do need to be careful of rabies depending on where you live. I know it is a stretch to say that, but any mysterious behaviour like that in a cat with not much known about her could be something serious. I've had quite a few run-in's lately where the word 'rabies' has come up. I've been bitten by a feral cat, had a kitten in the shelter with massive bite wounds and strange behaviour, another wobbly kitty with no reason for it's neuro signs... etc etc. Always be cautious if you've just recently acquired an animal!

I'd get her to the vets, or atleast give a call to see if they have any suggestions. You can always make the spay appointment while you're on the phone, kill two birds with one stone. (or check out any local shelters to see if they have low-cost spay/neuter programs! ;) )

embean
September 21st, 2009, 10:26 PM
I'm sure it wasn't rabies because she's vaccinated and never goes out.

It actually got the best of me and I just came back from the vet. $130 later, and she is apparently in perfect health. They checked her teeth, mouth, ears, eyes, took temperature, felt around for stomach problems, etc. Of course, she stopped drooling while we were there, but started again as soon as we got home.

According to the vet she is in top form!

I haven't had her very long, so perhaps this is just a disgusting cat habit. The vet said to go back tomorrow if she hasn't stopped. But, if she's doing it now and she's fine, I don't know what would change? The vet said she also isn't in heat so that's ruled out.

The fact that she stopped for the vet makes me think this is more of a "mood" thing, like I read some things on cats doing this when they are happy. So happy, then vet=not happy, and home=happy again.

It really is a LOT of drool though. The vet said it's not unheard of and some cats are just gross. It's really getting all over bedding so it's sort of inconvenient. I would be curious to hear from any others who have cats who do this.

Bailey_
September 21st, 2009, 10:28 PM
Here's some great info on it from pets.ca
http://www.pets.ca/pettips/tips-61.htm

embean
September 21st, 2009, 10:51 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/emilybean/3943645364/

there is a picture of the drooling for anyone who is interested. what still photography cannot capture is the steady stream of drool :confused:

catlover2
September 22nd, 2009, 04:41 PM
My spay girl drools, when she's sitting or standing between my arms while I'm typing on the computer, she drools, and yes it goes all over the keyboard! Sometimes she drools while kneading in my lap. My neuter boy never drools. I think as you say, "it's a mood thing". But you did the right thing to get it checked out by a vet if you weren't sure, as drooling may indicate a tooth problem if it's constant.

pbpatti
September 22nd, 2009, 05:12 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/emilybean/3943645364/

there is a picture of the drooling for anyone who is interested. what still photography cannot capture is the steady stream of drool :confused: she is trying to compete against my Labbie :D, that is alot of drool, sorry I have no advise to you.

embean
September 22nd, 2009, 05:16 PM
The drooling has reduced greatly today... hopefully it was a freak occurrence because that's a lot of drool to deal with!

TwinTails
September 22nd, 2009, 05:40 PM
All of my cats drool when they are happy, or whenever I have a foster in heat (she's usually very happy to have attention). Working at the SPCA we had many many drooly cats, esp. females :)

Tundra_Queen
September 22nd, 2009, 05:45 PM
You said she stopped at the vet but started again at home...could it be allergies?

Debbie