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    Mordred and the bleach

    Last night, around 9, Mordred let out one of those awful myoaw's that signal something is wrong. I rushed to find him in the bathroom, sitting on the toilet lid. On the toilet tank, there was a small dish with bleach water; I was letting a dirty fingernail brush soak. I thought he perhaps lapped some of the water, didn't like the taste, and let out that godawful sound. I took the dish & emptied it, remembering that bleach is recommended as a disinfectant for contaminated water, so i didn't worry - yet! Later, I realized that only a couple of drops are added to water - and that dish was probably 1/3 to 1/2 bleach. At 5:30 this morning, he made a similar, though less intense, sound, which had me out of bed in an eye-blink. He and Blue ran to the kitchen, I put down some dry food, and they both lit into it. When I got up later, he ate again. So far, so good.

    However, Mordred loves to drink out of the bathroom faucet. When I'm trying to do my "morning ablutions," I have to move him out of the way. Then I go to the other bathroom to put my contacts in - and he's right there. (So far, I haven't dropped a contact onto his fur, but i can see that day coming!) This morning, he didn't come in while I put my contacts in.

    I called my vet's office and was directed to the Pet Poison Control Center. After much research, the nurse there said to look into Mordred's mouth for signs of a caustic burn; if found, then other burns farther along could be possible. However, she did the math and felt that the dilution wasn't strong enough to cause this. Just to be safe - I'm running him down to the vet at the end of hours to have him give Mordred a quick look. He's not showing any of the signs the poison-control nurse mentioned, but this is Friday - with the weekend coming up, I'd feel better. I'll update when I come back.



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    You'd think the bleach would smell so strong he wouldn't taste it - but we hope he is okay!
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    Goodness! I hope he is ok! I, too, would do a check, just in case.

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    Good for you to get him checked out! It could be something unrelated to the bleach and water. I hope he is more comfy soon and there is an answer to his myaows!
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    Sharon ~ I hope Mordred is okay. Silly kitty. You'd think they would be smarter than that.

    But, then Kuhio ignored fresh water most of the time and drank soapy water that ran down the street gutters when people washed their cars.
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    How scary!!!! I sure hope that he'll be okay. I agree that it's better to have him checked out for your peace of mind. Good luck.
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    That's scarey. Prayers and good wishes that all is well with Mordred. Good for you to have him checked out.

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    Some cats are strongly attracted to the smell of chlorine. My Eddie is one of those.

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    Thank you all for the concern, kind words, and prayers. Mike, my regular vet, checked Mordred out and said, "He's fine." Even Mike said he couldn't think that Mordred would have drunk much - I figure he might have lapped once, by the time he lapped a second time, the taste had hit him = which would have brought on that meyawwww! Anyway, he seems fine. Thank you all again.



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    Glad he checked out ok!
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    Thanks! My weekend will be much more enjoyable, knowing that I don't have to worry about him.



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    Phew, sweet Mordred! What a scary day! I'm glad you are okay!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cassiesmom View Post
    Phew, sweet Mordred! What a scary day! I'm glad you are okay!
    Me too!
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    Thank you both! This is my birthday weekend, and now I can enjoy it (well, outside of housecleaning, barn work, etc. ) Mordred is fine, and all is right in my little corner of the world! I'm very grateful for all the good thoughts and prayers.



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    So glad Mordred is doing so well. Happy birthday to you, Maerlyn!!!!!
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    Death thought about it.
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