Thu, Mar 7, 2024

Went to vet for constipaition and she was given an enema and fluids. She is home now but drooling after grooming herself. I just want to make sure this isn’t serious

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Drooling in cats can be a response to stress, nausea, or the taste of something unpleasant. Since your cat has recently returned from a veterinary visit where she was treated for constipation with an enema and fluids, it's possible that the drooling is a reaction to the stress of the visit or the taste of the enema solution that she may have groomed off her fur. And cats are meticulous groomers and may drool if they lick something off their coat that tastes bad to them.

Keep her well-hydrated and offer her a bland diet if she's showing any signs of stomach upset. If she continues to groom excessively, you might consider using a pet-safe wet wipe to gently clean any remaining enema solution from her fur to prevent further ingestion of the unpleasant taste.

Watch for additional signs of distress such as continued drooling, changes in eating or drinking habits, lethargy, or any signs of pain. If she stops grooming herself, becomes unresponsive, or you notice any swelling in her mouth or face, these could be signs of a more serious issue, such as an allergic reaction or an oral health problem, and would warrant immediate veterinary attention.

And if she has not had a bowel movement within 48 hours of returning home, or if you notice any straining, vocalizing, or blood in her stool, these are signs that she may need to be seen by a veterinarian again.

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