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Q: For the past few months my seven-and-a-half-year-old cat Moz sounds like he has a mouth full of water. The vet said it was probably damaged saliva glands possibly caused by fighting. Some days it is more noticeable than others but lately it seems to be getting worse, could this be because he's getting older? SAMANTHA POTTER, South Shields A: I would be very surprised if the signs you are reporting are relating to a cat getting older. Seven and a half years old is not particularly old for a cat and fluid sounds from the mouth are not associated with ageing and are generally considered abnormal.

Fighting cats are very common and if there has been a history of facial trauma from one of these fights, a damaged saliva gland is possible, however usually over a period of months, this should improve rather than get worse and if it is getting worse it may be that some veterinary intervention is required. As the noise is getting worse I would certainly recommend getting Moz re-examined as things may have changed. It may be there is an underlying disease process such as dental disease in the mouth that can be fixed.

The first thing to establish is what the sound is. If the sound is there all the time, it can be investigated by your vet in the consulting room. As the sound is more noticeable on some days than others it would be worth getting a video of Moz and the noise when it is at its worst. This can then be played to your vet during the consultation.

Please note that advice in this section is for general guidance, and if your pet is very unwell you should contact your veterinary surgeon as soon as possible. Rory Thomson is part of the team at St Clair Veterinary Care in Croft Road, Blyth. If you have a question, fill out the online form at SOX AND BOOTS Sox and Boots are cat numbers 365 and 366 respectively. They are a friendly pair who are quite easy going as they will happily come over to you for fuss and strokes but they don't depend on lots of attention. Sox and Boots will both allow you to pick them up, however they don't like it very much. They love each other and won't be apart. They would be most suitable in a home with older or without children.

TARA Tara is rabbit number 36. Tara can be a little shy at first but after just a couple of minutes she'll come out of her shell. She is a friendly girl who is happy for you to approach her and who does enjoy a fuss or a stroke.

FIRSTLY, we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year from us all at Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter. We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas filled with love and joy. We certainly had a brilliant time, as did all of our animals, which is all thanks to you.

Due to your kind donations we were able to provide every animal with a Christmas present so thank you ever so much. Your support really does mean everything to us, without you we couldn't do our jobs and rescue these beautiful animals.

Today is the first day of rehoming after the Christmas break at our Benton shelter. We're hoping to find some great homes for our animals so if you're looking for a pet, why not try to rescue? We're open from 1pm until 6.15pm.

Finally, one last thank you for all of your kind donations. This week we're appealing for twin feeding bowls, cat scratching posts, towels and toys for dogs, cats and rabbits.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 4, 2018
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