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Caused My Cat to Drool Uncontrollably/Had to go to Emergency Vet
on September 15, 2013
Think about removing your pets from your home when you first apply this product--maybe for a couple of days . . . I didn't realized my cat would be affected. In fairness, one cat had problems, the other is fine, but . . . please read . . .
I sprayed this in the basement which is off limits to my two cats because of the flea problem down there. Honestly, I have used a ton of products down there lately, cleaned & vacuumed constantly, emptied my vacuum bag every time--REMOVED almost everything from the basement so I can really get the nooks and crannies--but the fleas persist to a small degree. About three weeks ago I had a professional exterminator spray down there, and it did help, but didn't solve the problem completely. I would still get a few fleas jumping on my ankles and legs, and my flea (light) trap would also capture some. I want NO fleas.
So I got this product and sprayed down there very thoroughly--but one room that had not been affected by fleas--I didn't spray much that day. Then day 2, I went down to check the status of the product and a flea jumped on me. So I sprayed that other room thoroughly as well.
On day 3, today--my two cats were fine one minute, then 1 hour later one of them was drooling non-stop, his pupils constricted, and I could see his heart racing. I wasn't sure if he had injured himself or what, but he had copious strings of drool coming from both sides of his mouth. So I took him straight to the emergency vet. She asked right away about the use of flea products. After checking him over, she gave him a shot of atropine, and she watched him for an hour as the drooling stopped and his heart (which was double the normal rate for a cat) went back to normal, his pupils also normalized. I explained to her that the other cat in my home is "fine." But the cat who was affected does have some sensitivities. This vet suggested that I actually board both cats for a couple of days until the basement is aired out a bit--this in spite of the fact that the basement door remains closed (and now I put rugs under the bottom of the door, just in case).
I used the spray version of Siphotrol--not a flea bomb--but apparently some of this stuff does get aerosolized and who knows, maybe traveled through my vents to the main floor?? Or perhaps I brought residue up on my shoes?? I'm just not sure, but I'm convinced that my cat's problem is not a coincidence.
After bringing my cat home from the vet, I kept him confined upstairs for 5 hours in an airy bedroom. He likes to "go" OUTSIDE most of the time, so I did let him come down to go out and do his business. He was on the main floor and outside for maybe 30 minutes--then I saw him with a little bit of drool starting again, so I rushed him back to the airy bedroom where he is going to stay (with a litter box) no matter how much he wants out, until I can get this figured out. Tomorrow I will make arrangements to board them both for a couple of days.
I really want to love this flea product--I sure hope it is the answer. I have had such a struggle with this issue for the past 6 weeks. I did check my flea light trap today, and there are about 6 little fleas on it. I guess this shows that the product encouraged eggs to hatch. The exterminator 3 weeks ago suggested his product would make the eggs hatch and then they would die, so I just don't see when the end of this problem is ever going to come. I'm exhausted, worried, frustrated, and going broke spending money to resolve this problem. Now I have spent more money at the emergency vet for my poor kitty!