Cat Drooling, Panting, and Strange Behavior

by Taunya S.
(Moreno Valley, CA)


You have several posts about cat drooling, but none of them answer all of my questions. I came home and found my 3-year-old kitty, Mouse, drooling. Then it turned to foaming and then she started to pant very heavily.

I immediately took her to the emergency veterinarian near me. They told me that it was probably a bug or something she bit that caused this and that it would pass.

We got home, she calmed down and the drooling stopped. Until about 15 minutes ago. It started again and this time, she started to kind of jump like she was getting bit in the behind or being goosed. I called the vet again and they said the same thing.

I cannot find any sign of bugs or spiders or cleaning products or anything that she could have been in contact with. Could this be something else? Electrical shock? Poison?

Any help will be appreciated. I do plan to take her back to the veterinarian if it doesn't get better soon.


Dear Taunya,

I certainly can understand why you are still concerned about your kitty. Drooling is not normal. As you mentioned, I have written about several different causes from bad teeth and gums to toxins to heart disease. There are many possible causes.

I am assuming that the veterinarian that you took your kitty to conducted a thorough exam including a careful look at the inside of her mouth and a good listen to her chest. If they didn't find anything wrong with her on physical exam, it may have been appropriate for them to have just sent her home under your observation.

However, now that it is happening again AND there is an additional symptom. This is definitely cause for alarm and a reason to return to the veterinarian right away. If you are not satisfied with that visit, do not hesitate to get a second opinion.

I certainly hope this turns out to be nothing serious, but since there is no way to know without returning to the vet and since it could be toxins, feline pulmonary edema which can come from electrical shock, feline heart disease, or any number of other causes, I suggest going right away. They may need to run a blood panel and/or take x-rays to be certain that everything is fine.

Please keep us posted.

Best wishes,
Dr. Neely

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