Re: Chronic Drooling in Elderly Cat
I don't have the answer yet... but I'm dealing with the same thing for my 20 year old. She started with the drooling a couple years ago, on and off and then gradually it got worse. Now, she looks like a St. Bernard, with the really stringy drool that holds its shape when you wipe it off her face. She too has been on lysine, which is an amino acid that takes the place of the other amino acid that the virus herpes uses to replicate, so the lysine makes the herpes unable to reproduce. The problem is that the herpes virus doesn't ever go away, so the lysine has to be used forever, but it's not supposed to be harmful. I'm a little curious about the pain killer, maybe that is making your guy feel sick? If you said he's not showing signs of pain, then why keep up the meloxicam? Anyway, in my cat's case she did have quite bad teeth, and although I thought it was a big risk to have her put under to clean the teeth, I did it anyway and that helped, for like 2 weeks. Then the drooling was back, but prior to the dental, she had bad odor in the mouth, and now she doesn't. She still drools. Something else she does, is smack her mouth open and closed, which seems to get better and worse with the drooling. Some days it's not too much drool/smacking, and some days there's lots. So I'm searching everywhere, and I will get back to the forum if I eventually find someone who has found a cure for this. Good luck to you. Please, if you find something out, I'd appreciate it if you could post an update. Thanks! I'm tired of waking up with kitty drool all over my bed!