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my cat's tongue is sticking out.. drooling a bit.. she is not eating at all.. HELP!!


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my 18month old cat has been keeping her tongue partially poked out of her mouth for the past 2 days.. locked between her jaw sometimes... she has been drooling a bit.. about a few drops on the chin are visible.. and hasnt been eating at all.. she tries to eat but cant seem to swallow ...  she keeps pawing at her upper jaw whenever she tries to eat.. she tries to drink water but after 2 sips again starts pawing in her mouth..

We took her to the Vet but he ruled out poisoning(gave her a vaccine for it though) , or anything stuck in the throat.. we did her endoscopy too but nothing seemed stuck in her digestive tract.. the Vet said it Could be  a rare chance of Rabies.. but the symptoms aren't enough to prove that it is surely rabies..  WE are very confused as to what has happened to her.. Got her Xrays done today.. with Barium etc.. reports will be out after few days.. anyone knows what might havehappened to her?? please help.. We are very worried... dont want to lose her... help!!!..

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Sounds serious.  Can you take her to another vet?

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will try to take her to another Vet.. waiting for the Xray reports to arrive from this Vet though.. he said the reports would be out in a day.. its not Rabies right?? thats our major worry.. the cat is roaming about.. pretty active at times.. wants to eat.. but cant.. we put her on saline for sometime yesterday coz she hadnt eaten..

I don't really know how to help but I wonder about the rabies.  I don't think a vet would let you bring a rabid cat home.  And if you've been exposed to rabies, you'd need the shots pronto. 

It sounds like something is wrong with her jaw. Maybe something's stuck in her teeth though I imagine the vet would have seen it when he examined her.

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we got the rabies shots last night.. besides.. other than her tongue sticking out of her mouth and the slight drooling there are no other signs of rabies..  She's not gettin feirce or goin into the dull stage.. bt the vet told us bout the rabies thing justas a probability.. the vet still hasnt figured out what has happened to her..   he saw the teeth too but doesnt think anything is wrong with her... today he said he could see an ulcer in the mouth.. but it wasnt there previously whe nshe started behaving this way 2 days back ..

Wow, its amazing what we do for our pets.  I've heard rabies shots aren't much fun.  I hope your kitty will be okay.

It sounds to me like she's had a small stroke.  You really do need a good vet to look at her again.

I hope she's going to be ok.

Original Post by clairelaine:

It sounds to me like she's had a small stroke.  You really do need a good vet to look at her again.

I hope she's going to be ok.

I was gonna say stroke but clairelaine beat me to it. Please do take her to another vet. Animals (including humans) can sometimes recover some function after strokes, but it's not like cats can do physio to increase their chances... She probably can't swallow well because the nerve pathways that help her do so are down.

I would agree that it is a stroke.  Our dalmation had a stroke once in front of me on the floor.  Afterward, we took her to the vet.  Needed blood work and some other minor tests to prove it was a stroke.  We brought her back home afterward.  It was rough for a few months.  She couldn't stand on her own at all!  We literally, had to pick her up and take her outside to pee and then hold her up while she was doing so.  Her food we had to mush up and feed her by hand with her licking it out of our hand.  People thought we were crazy for not putting her down.  But, she was family.  If grandma had a stroke we wouldn't kill her to put her out of her troubles.  In a few months, she progressed and started walking on her own and eating again.  She passed away three years later naturally.  I miss her, but I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Good luck to you! I, currently, have two cats now at home.  They can be tricky to do what you want, much harder than dogs, unfortuntantly. Please keep us updated to what it was and the treatment given!  I'll be thinking about you and your pet!

It really could be a million things speculating on a here I am sure won't help.  I used to have cat Tiffany and he (yes he) started doing similar turned out his jaw was broken and out of alignment a little so he couldn't close his mouth properly.  (he had kitty epilepsy so we figured he feel off something when he had a seizure)

The rabies thing to me sounds weird.  Giving the vaccine after exposure won't help anything not to mention if it is rabies and ur cat bites someone that could be a major lawsuit. No matter what after this I would look for new vet.

Did he check for

Feline aids/leukemia?

Lose teeth?

Jaw alignment

Stroke-maybe but like people there should be other symptoms

is she an indoor/outdoor kitty? there are a million nasties out there if she wasn't vaccinated as a young kitten

Good luck, I have kitties myself and I know how hard this can be.

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The Vet checked the cat's heart last night and says thats all fine too... he didnt mention any chances of stroke... the cat was  finally able to eat this morning... she tried  eating for the past few days but couldnt.. would either not be able to swallow ..or if she did swallow.. she would throw up immediately..

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the cats finally better..:-).. the vet ruled out the chances of Rabies..  but she still has her tongue out a bit.. though better than before.. the Xrays showed some kind of inflamation in the foodpipe.. and the doc says she is gettin an ulcer too maybe.. hope she gets well soon..;-).. thanks for all your help friends..:-)..

I'm glad it was nothing serious! I hope she recovers completely and quickly. :) Animals are so resilient, it's amazing really.

It looks like you've got an answer, but my first thought was an injury or irritation, most likely soft tissue, to the mouth or upper esophagus. Possibly dental in origin, but chemical burns to the tongue are also pretty common.

I'm so glad your kitty is getting better.  When I saw this post at the top of the list, I was almost afraid to look.  Good news.  Yay

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yup. finally a bit better... the tongue is still out.. but she seems moreactive.. and eating properly now..  i couldnt sleep for three nights thinking about what was happening to her... or what would happen to her.. kept getting these horrible imaginations of what could happen ... scary... thanks to everyone here for replying to my post .. really appreciate it.. thanks..

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we got the rabies shots last night.. besides.. other than her tongue sticking out of her mouth and the slight drooling there are no other signs of rabies..  She's not gettin feirce or goin into the dull stage.. bt the vet told us bout the rabies thing justas a probability.. the vet still hasnt figured out what has happened to her..   he saw the teeth too but doesnt think anything is wrong with her... today he said he could see an ulcer in the mouth.. but it wasnt there previously whe nshe started behaving this way 2 days back ..

 I just want to tell you from past experience it maybe be ulcers and to also have her kidneys checked. We had a cat that had terrible kidney disease and had to have dialisis (sp?) daily. He also had major ulcers in his mouth because of that.

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hi.. we think she has ulcers too... but the vet never recommended any kidney tests yet.. i'll try suggesting this to him.. though.. the cat passes its stools n urine without any trouble i guess.. goes to the litterbox n does her stuff like she always did...

I am so glad that your cat is getting better. Please please please monitor her though! My husbands cat had to be put down a year ago because of many symptoms similar to the ones you are describing. She had a large bubbly looking thing in the back of her throat on her tongue. She could not eat without throwing up, she drooled alot and she stopped grooming. This went on for about 6 months and we never found out what was wrong despite all the very expensive tests we put her through. In the end we decided it was better for her not to be in pain anymore. Wow...sorry, that sounds really depressing. I just dont want the same thing to happen to your cat...so keep a close eye on everything she does!

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really sorry to hear about your husbands cat shelley.. well.. mycat still has her tongue out .. though its lesserthan before.. but she has started eating regularly.. and hasnt been throwing up yet.. eating pretty well now actually.. but ya.. will keep a close eye on her.. the vet said there's nothing to worry about now.. and he didnt find anything strange in the Xray reports too.. but if she still has her tongue out after a few days  im taking her back to the Vet.. maybe a different one this time..

Okay, about a month ago, my cat got pretty much ALL of the symptoms you described: no eating, tongue sticking out, drooling and dropped chin.  They also thought he had rabies.  They did a ton of tests, most of which your cat seems to have been through, and they weren't sure at all so they put him on antibiotics.  It turns out out it was a very serious upper respiratory infection.  He was treated with Clavamox, Baytril, as well as an appetite stimulant and pain killer.  It could be possible your cat has the same thing?  My vet told me that there was an increase in this type of illness recently. 

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