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My stupid kitten drank the snake's water this morning... what should I look for?

Asked by poofandmook (17230 points ) February 20th, 2014

I swear, with kittens, you can’t turn your back for a second.

I was cleaning out the snake’s cage, and I put her water on top of the desk. I turned back to the cage to wipe it out and when I turned around, the kitten was on top of the desk drinking the water.

That was close to 12 hours ago… but I’m not sure if there is really any need to worry, or what I should be looking for if it’s going to make her sick.

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syz's avatar

If it’s safe for your snake, it should be safe for your kitten.

creative1's avatar

Do you put anything in the snakes water? if its plain old everyday water just left over from the snack the kitten should be fine

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Jonesn4burgers's avatar

It is my belief that you need worry only if the snake should consume your kitten.

Coloma's avatar

I agree with @Jonesn4burgers The water is most likely not an issue unless it has 5 day old mouse guts rotting in it.
Hope you don’t have some 18ft. Python, and…your kitten isn’t “stupid”, it is curious as all baby things are. You better saddle up for multiple species pets, I had a goose and macaw fight years ago.

Pretty astounding, little did I know. haha
If you’re going to keep multiple species pay attention and do not underestimate anything.

Buttonstc's avatar

With toddlers you can’t turn your back for a second. With kittens its much worse cuz they can jump a whole lot higher than any toddler and they can wriggle themselves into the tiniest of openings you wouldn’t believe :)

So, depending on the size of the snake, you should most likely be more worried about the snake having little kitty for a snack.

If the water has nothing special added to it for the snake and its just stale, don’t worry about it. Feral cats and kittens drink from filthy mud puddles on the ground and they seem to survive just fine so I don’t think a little snake spit could hurt the kitty.

And Coloma has already pointed out the obvious. Its not the kitten who is “stupid”. :D

Dutchess_III's avatar

It’s no thang.
And I don’t think you’re stupid @poofandmook. Things happen. To all of us.

poofandmook's avatar

Good God… I call a kitten stupid—who I took in as a stray baby and I love dearly—and I am spoken to like I don’t know what I’m doing with “multiple species”.

First of all, I have a corn snake. He/She is barely not even a baby herself… she’s not going to eat the kitten. Also, since I am not an idiot, I have multiple clips on the cage so she can’t get out, and the kitten can’t get in.

Second of all… I have a bearded dragon (OH NO, another species I can’t handle!) and I know they can carry salmonella… I didn’t know if the snake was a potential carrier of any nasties that the kitten could pick up from drinking water that was potentially slithered through.

Coloma's avatar

@poofandmook

I think you’re over reacting. Nobody knows what kind/size of a snake you have and my mention of multiple species is a valid point. You never know what can happen when you have different species in your home. I had my Macaw out on his perch in the yard one day when he climbed down and Marwyn my goose came along and attacked him. Never in a million years did it occur to me that the goose and parrot would have an altercation.

My goose got lucky because the parrot could have crushed his head like a peanut but because he was such a baby he just lay on the grass screaming as Marwyn plucked him.
So now we know you do not really mean to call your kitten “stupid” and that your little snake will not swallow the kitten.
No offense intended, but yeah, I don’t like to refer to animals as “stupid” for just being what they are.

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glacial's avatar

@poofandmook It’s not a stupid question. You’re right, reptiles can carry salmonella, and as a reptile pet owner, you are probably quite used to having to wash your hands immediately after handling your pets – so you likely didn’t realize how baffled other people would be upon reading this question.

That said, I don’t think there’s a thing you can do to protect your kitten once he/she drank the water. The risk is likely very low, so wait it out and hope for the best.

Here is a list of salmonella symptoms in cats.

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Dutchess_III's avatar

My son has multiple species at his house. Two 10’ boa constrictors, a bearded dragon, a tarantula, an 8 year old Chua/weinie and 3 kids, ages 6, 2 and 4 months. And he allows spiders to squat because they kill other species, like flies. He has a whole eco system going on.

So is the cat OK @poofandmook?

poofandmook's avatar

@Dutchess_III: Yes, she’s okay, thank you for asking. now if I could get her to stop trying to ride the Poof up the stairs like a horse…

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