Is your cat drooling? In cats, drooling is not as common as in dogs. As a cat owner, you might wonder what it means when your cat drools. The truth is, there are several possible reasons for cat drooling. Determining the cause comes down to evaluating the situation, knowing your cat, and involving your veterinarian if necessary.
Cat drooling normally
It is more common for some cats to drool when rubbing and/or purring. Drooling is usually a sign of relaxation and contentment. Drooling when happy and relaxed usually returns to Kitwood. During breastfeeding, kittens often rub their paws on their mothers to stimulate the secretion of milk. These behaviors lead to a comforting and satisfying meal, and the nurturing bond between the female cat. When the cat reaches adulthood, satisfaction often leads to kneading, which in turn stimulates drooling due to the connection with nursing. Whining is usually accompanied by kneading and drooling.
So, if your originally healthy cat is on your lap and starts “making cookies” and purring, don’t be surprised if some drooling. This is completely normal, and may even be a way for your cat to show you love.
Unlike dogs, cats usually do not drool when they see food. However, it can still happen. If your cat drools as soon as it sees or smells food, but does not drool at other times, then this may not be a cause for concern.
Stress or fear may cause the cat to drool temporarily, such as when driving, seeing the vet, or doing loud activities. If your cat often looks stressed and is drooling, it is best to talk to your veterinarian about options. If drooling and stress are short-lived and stop on their own, then there is nothing to be concerned about.
Abnormal drooling in cats
If your cat drools frequently, or if it cannot be associated with satisfaction or food, then there may be health problems. Take all cats to the vet for a routine health check at least once a year, even if they look healthy. Veterinarians can often spot problems before your cat has symptoms.
If you experience abnormal drooling during routine veterinary visits, you should contact your veterinarian immediately. Most likely your cat needs to be checked. There are many health problems that can cause cats to drool.
Oral and dental diseases
Cats have various oral and dental problems until they cause pain. This pain often causes cats to secrete excessive saliva. Mouth ulcers, tooth damage, gum disease, absorptive damage, and infections are some of the well-known causes of drooling in cats.
Your veterinarian will examine your cat’s mouth to look for signs of dental and oral problems. If you find a dental disease, the veterinarian may recommend that you use possible tooth extraction methods for professional tooth cleaning. This operation must be performed under general anesthesia.
Medications may or may not be needed to treat dental and oral problems in cats.
Cats with nausea or vomiting often drool a lot. There are many reasons for cats’ nausea and vomiting, such as kidney disease, liver disease, and gastrointestinal inflammation. If your cat looks nauseous, vomiting, or loses appetite, it is best to see the vet.
After the examination, the veterinarian may recommend that you do laboratory work to better observe organ function, blood cells and urine content. These results help determine the next step in the diagnosis and treatment plan.
Cats licking, chewing, or ingesting toxic substances can produce excessive saliva. This includes poisonous plants, corrosive chemicals and poisonous food. If you suspect that your cat has been exposed to a toxic substance, go to the nearby open veterinarian immediately.
If your cat has something stuck in its mouth, it is likely to drool. Rope is a common oral foreign body, but other possibilities include toy parts and even grass. If you see a rope hanging from the cat’s mouth, don’t pull it out. The rope may be wrapped around something in the stomach or intestines, and pulling the rope can cause serious injury. Instead, go to the nearest veterinarian’s office.
If you see something else in your cat’s mouth, be careful before trying to remove it. Not only will you cause further damage to your cat, you may also be bitten! It is best to go to the veterinarian for an oral foreign body examination.
Oral injury usually leads to excessive saliva production. Cats that have eaten electrical wires may burn their mouths and cause drooling. A cat injured by a cat may have a broken jaw, causing drooling. Cats suffer from oral injuries due to fights and often drool. You may not see signs of injury outside, but drooling is a sign that you should go to the vet.
If your cat is drooling and you cannot find an obvious normal cause, please contact your veterinarian. Cats are experts in hiding diseases. They often do not show a problem before they feel very uncomfortable. When in doubt, don’t wait. Call the veterinarian.
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