Why Is Your Cat Drooling?



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Cats, in general, don’t drool often like dogs do on a daily basis. Some cats will drool when they are happy and excited while other cats will drool when if they are nervous or scared. If your cat drools occasionally, there is nothing to worry about. But, if your cat is drooling and it lasts for more than an hour, it’s time to call your vet.

Cats will sometimes drool when they feel scared or stressed

Some cats salivate when scared. Others actually suffer from motion sickness or if they are nervous when being taken to the vet. Others will smack their lips and foam at the mouth if they feel nauseated or are about to vomit a hairball. And some cats drool when you pet them (happy drooling), just like purring! All of these causes of drooling are usually short-lived.

Abnormal drooling can be caused by something happening in your cat’s mouth

Abnormal drooling happens for two major reasons: problems occurring inside the mouth and those occurring elsewhere in the body. Pain or nausea stimulates drooling. Oral problems or neurologic conditions can interfere with swallowing, causing saliva to overflow.

Check your cat’s mouth to make sure there isn’t anything stuck inside

Make sure to check your cat’s mouth (I know- it isn’t easy) to make sure there isn’t some object, maybe a fish bone or anything else in his or her teeth. And, if possible remove it.

The other issues that might be causing the drooling are as follows: dental disease (broken, decayed, or abscessed teeth), gum disease, and oral mass or laceration, salivary gland cyst.

Other indicators of oral disease that could cause drooling are foul breath, blood-tinged saliva or your cat’s refusal to eat the usual foods. You will notice that your cat might look uncomfortable and paw his or her mouth. Sometimes drooling is the first and only sign of a problem.

Your cat might also be drooling due to disorders in the liver or kidney

Some of the causes are the following: disorders of the esophagus, stomach, or intestines—blockage, nausea, advanced kidney disease, rabies.

Your cat might drool because he has ingested or even inhaled a toxin or household product

Exposure to toxins is an important consideration in a drooling cat. Some household cleaning products might have been ingested directly or licked off his or her fur and/or some house plants might have burned the lining of the mouth and cause drooling.

Certain flea dips and insecticides are very toxic to cats and may cause drooling. These can also cause additional symptoms such as vomiting, muscle tremors, weakness, and lethargy. If your cat has these symptoms or you suspect a chemical exposure, go to your vet immediately. Bring the labels or product information with you if possible.

As mentioned above, dental disease is the leading cause of drooling and can be easily fixed and/or treated. Or maybe your cat just drools happily when you open a can or tuna or when you cuddle with your cat. You know what is normal for your cat, so keep an eye on how long the drooling lasts and whether or not you should call the vet.

If your dog is drooling excessively, read this article to see why: Excessive Drooling in Dogs

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