Our cat has been salivating, lethargic, and had an irritated nose and tongue. Our vet diagnosed a spider bite. How long should the symptoms persist?
Our outgoing, sweet
cat hasn't been feeling well. On Tuesday, he slept heavily all day, waking only to eat and drink (once). On Wednesday, he slept all day, but we noticed he was drooling heavily. On Thursday, his nose started looking red and irritated, and he wasn't eating much at all and was only drinking a bit. He was still salivating, but was also occasionally chewing his spit - almost like he had a chewy caramel in his mouth, just moving his jaws up and down over and over, for several minutes at a time.
We took him to the vet, and the vet diagnosed a spider bite to the mouth from a wolf spider. He said our cat was in good shape, well hydrated, and that the salivating, irritation, and sleepiness were all as a result of the wold spider's bite. He gave our cat a shot of antihistime and a shot of antibiotic, and sent us home.
Fast-forward to Friday evening. He's doing better - he is livelier, not sleeping as much and playful. But he's still eating and drinking delicately (he usually destroys his food) and salivating. He also hasn't groomed himself since Monday, though he did give his tail a few token swipes today.
Does anyone have experience with these kind of symptoms, and how they might possibly last? He seems physically in good shape, but obviously not happy. If it matters, the cat is a healthy 4 y/o who weighs 22 lbs, is slightly underweight for his frame (according to the vet), and lives in California.