Cat Drooling After Medicine
Cats Are Not Fans of Oral Medication
Giving medication to a cat is not fun! If you have elected liquid medication for your cat, she may react poorly to the medication, like Sheba, the lovely domestic short-haired brown and white tabby cat in the picture.
“Every veterinarian has gotten the call about cats drooling after medication because it looks like the medication is reacting badly with the cat,” says Doc Truli. “It’s rare for the drool to be bad for your cat.”
The thick, stringy immediate gobs of drool cascading out of the corners of her mouth are not evidence of an allergic reaction. Sheba is no fan of oral medication. It could taste like heavenly raw liver or cheese, or tuna fish and she still drools. Like many cats, she automatically drools when anyone gives her oral medication.
Is My Cat Getting Enough of the Medicine?
Ultimately, this is a question for your veterinarian as every medication is slightly different. Many medications absorb transmucosally – through the mucous membrane lining of the mouth- so time spent touching the insides of the mouth is productive time. The medicine in the drool is usually far less of the total medication than it seems like.
To put the liquid volume of cat medicine in perspective, the “dropperful” or one milliliter or one “cc” that is the volume of most cat medications is one-fifth (1/5) of a teaspoon. Seriously, it is a tiny amount. Your cat will probably act like it is a huge imposition, but it is a tiny, manageable volume of medicine.
What If My Cat Really Does Have a Bad Reaction to the Medicine?
Signs your kitty might actually need help from the veterinarian:
- Face swollen
- Difficulty breathing (panting is very, very unnatural for a cat)
- Persistent Vomiting (note: some cats will purposefully vomit up their medication, then they feel better. Persistent vomiting is repeated 2-4 times in 8-12 hours)
- Follow your veterinarians personal guidance for your cat, but do call for help if your cat exhibits at least one of the symptoms above. There are other troubling symptoms, so follow your vet’s directions and advice.
Good luck with your cat’s medication, and don;t forget to ask your veterinarian if there are any easier, affordable options for the medication (injections, flavored liquid, flavor treats, pill “guns,” etc)
Read about cat medicine: How to Tell if a Cat is Dehydrated
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