Ask US Anything: Excessive Drooling in a Ragdoll Cat, Kitten Already Vaccinated, UTI Help

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Our “Ask US Anything” is a series of posts on the site where I share the questions/concerns/ideas that readers have sent in and then the responses from our readers about those questions/concerns/ideas.

Excessive Drooling in a Ragdoll Cat

Mandy wrote in, “Hope you are well! I was wondering if you have ever observed this: Rocky has been vomiting quite a bit lately and drooling profusely after doing so. He drools so much the floor is soaking wet under his feet. It’s quite alarming to see. We assume hairballs (there is almost always a lump of fur in the vomit) and that’s what my vet said the first time it happened about two months ago. But, it’s been happening a few times a week now.

He does poo, pee, and eat both wet and dry food readily. He drinks out of the faucet. While this “drool ordeal” does lay him low for 6-10 hours, he’s otherwise leaping around zooming and completely happy. He also happily laps up the cat “broth” treats when he’s drooling which is usually effective at shutting down the episode.

The vet keeps pressing me about him “having eaten something around the house” which is not true– he is with me 24/7. Plus, it doesn’t account for the semi-frequency of the incidents.

I feel bad for my guy, he’s been sick on and off since he came home at 12 weeks old 🙁

Thanks in advance for any advice.”

I replied:

Thanks for writing because your kitty needs help.

I posted your question and photo on our Facebook page.

This is NOT normal, and I would get a second opinion if your vet isn’t concerned about figuring it out.

Here is the link to your question

– you can check it again in 24 hours.

I’d suggest trying to find a cat only vet in your area.

Hope that helps! Please let me know if you need further help and also how it turns out!

Thanks,
Jenny


Ragdoll Kitten Already Vaccinated

Colleen wrote, “I am new to the Ragdoll world and need some help. We adopted a sweet cream kitten a week ago from what we thought was a reputable breeder. The breeder did not provide vaccination records they had written down what the kitten supposedly received but to date no official records. On top of that the kitten had a fever, was underweight and had an eye infection. Right now we are trying to get him healthy and he is doing better. The vet wants to start vaccinations next week and I’m nervous about doing too much too soon. Any suggestions would be great. It’s so sad that someone would neglect an animal this way”

Thank you for writing.

I posted your inquiry on our Facebook page here:

To help get you some ideas.  Please be sure to check the link again in 24 hours as more people reply.

Please also see this interview about vaccines:

Please let me know if we can help further.

Thanks,
Jenny


Ragdoll Cat with UTIs

Linda wrote in, “I have a female ragdoll and her name is Precious, I noticed last week she was going back and forth to the litter box. I took her to vet, they took x-rays and bloodwork and told me she had no blockage or stones. Her bloodwork had no bacteria in it. She gave me moxicillan and a pill for the pain if she needed it. She is a very picky eater, I have tried expensive food to fancy feast, she will lick the gravy and then try to cover the rest of it up. She likes hard food and I know it isn’t good for her. The vet told me to buy Hills Urinary Tract soft and hard food so I did and she hates the soft food but eats the hard. I even made her bone broth and she won’t eat it. What can I do to make her like her soft food and do u know of any home remedies for her UTI’s? Is Apple Cider Vinegar good for her uti? I’m beyond stressed out at this point. Precious’s Mommy Linda, Thank You”

I replied:

Hi Linda,

I am not sure – I am a member of a kidney disease Facebook cat group and someone wrote in there the other day about how much their kitty loved this food –  like went nuts for it.  It’s not ideal for a kidney cat because it targets the urinary tract, but nonetheless, I paid attention to it.  I honestly don’t know anything more about it – if it’s any good, etc.

I posted your question to our readers here:

You might consider joining our Facebook group where you can ask questions without me helping =) 

Thank you,
Jenny


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  1. Poor Rocky & Mandy! I hope someone can give them some great guidance or help with this issue. I have no experience with any drooling issues in my history as a kitteh lover & kitteh momma. Great advice and link to finding a vet who specializes in feline care only, Jenny honey! <3

    Just heartbreaking about the condition of Colleen's new kitten! No experience with that issue either, unfortunately. Wonderful info in that interview with Dr. Hofve about vaccines! Hoping she finds some great info from a Floppycatter or two who has experienced a similar situation. I would definitely avoid that breeder and report them to the Better Business Bureau! 🙁 <3

    Oh, poor Linda and her Sweet Precious! I don't know of any home remedies for UTIs but I did get a product (UroMAXX Urinary Tract, Kidney & Bladder Formula for Cats and Dogs, 6 oz Bottle) from Amazon years ago when Miss PSB got her one and only UTI in her first or second year with us. It was quite a while ago and once we took her off her 100% dry food diet of Royal Canin cat food she has never had another UTI. Here’s the link to that product on Amazon.

    Big hugs & lots of love & purrs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3 <3 <3

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