If you start to notice your cat is drooling, should you be worried? The quick answer is yes. Cats drooling is an abnormal behavior and can be a sign that something is wrong. However, there is one reason why your cat won’t drool. We’ll cover everything below.
Why Would A Cat Drool?
There are a few reasons as to why your cat would be drooling. They range from the following.
- Emotional stimulation from purring
- Irritations in the mouth
- Pathologic conditions that cause swelling, inflammation, difficulty swallowing, and pain
Below, we’ll go into the most common reasons why your cat drools.
10 Reasons Why Your Cat Drools
There are quite a few reasons why your cat drools. If it’s not an obvious reason, while being pet, it’s important to take your cat into your veterinarian. They will be able to provide the best prognosis. We’ll discuss each down below.
1) Drooling Out of Fear
Cats can develop anxiety over things and become fearful. One of the bodies responses is to drool as a precursor to vomiting. An example is driving in a car and your cat suffers from motion sickness. This type of drooling is short lived and stops once whatever is giving them anxiety passes.
2) Drooling Out of Joy
It’s not uncommon for cats to drool while they are extremely relaxed. They will also drool while enjoying a good scratching session or when they are around you. It’s also common for a cat to drool while they are sleeping. This is due to how relaxed they are.
3) Drooling From Foreign Bodies
If your cat gets a hold of something, like a string or another object that gets stuck to their tongue or back of their throat, their mouth will over produce saliva. This can lead to pain, drooling, and even the ability to close their mouth. If you can’t see what’s causing the issue, your local veterinarian will be able to assist.
4) Drooling From Oral Cancer
A common form of cancer that can develop in a cat is called Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC). It can develop anywhere on the cats body but is commonly found in the eyes, mouth, and ears. Signs of SCC in your cat can include the following.
- Dropping food out of their mouth
- Not eating their food
- Can’t close their mouth fully
- Loss of weight
- Halitosis (bad breath)
Never self diagnosis your pet. It’s best to take them into your local vet and have them checked out. They will be able to give the best prognosis and how to treat your cat.
5) Drooling Due to Respiratory Conditions
Cats can develop respiratory infections that are viral. If this is the case, it can cause ulcerations to develop in their mouth. With these open wounds, it will cause your cat to overproduce saliva. If you think this is the reason, your vet will be able to assist.
6) Drooling Due to Trauma
If your cat is attacked by a dog, hit by a car, or something large falls on them, it can cause some serious issues. Any sort of trauma to a cats head or jaw can cause them to start to drool. An example could be a fractured or dislocated jaw. You will want to get your vet involved immediately to assess the damage and get your cat taken care of.
7) Drooling Due to Dental Disease
Just like humans, cats can suffer from poor dental hygiene. They can develop tartar and plaque build up, tooth decay, and lead to infections. All of these can increase saliva production in the mouth. This can be very painful for your cat during this time. However, your local vet will be able to assist and provide treatment.
8) Drooling Due to Poisonous Plants
Certain cats can cause your cat to drool due to the chemicals in them. This chemical compound is calcium oxalate crystals. They can cause a burning sensation in the cats mouth which leads to extra saliva production. Common plants that contain this compound are the following.
- Calla Lily
- Elephant Ear Plant
- Mother in laws tongue
- Peace Lily
- Umbrella Plant
If your cat has eaten some of these, there isn’t a need to panic. You can typically flush your cats mouth out with water or some other form of liquid. Tuna fish, chicken, milk, or any other liquid can help. However, you still should monitor your cat and make sure they aren’t vomiting or have lost their appetite.
9) Drooling Due to Ingesting Chemicals
If your cat has gotten into the chemicals, they can start to drool due to them. Household chemicals such as laundry detergent, cleaners, and more can be very bad for cats. This goes without says, but these chemicals can cause burns in the mouth, tongue, throat, and stomach. You will want to seek vet care as soon as possible. In the mean time, you can try to flush the cats mouth out with water, tuna juice, milk, or liquid food like chicken broth.
10) Drooling Due to Kidney Failure.
One of the more serious reasons why your cat can drool is due to kidney failure. Common kidney failure is due to chronic renal failure (CRF). It can bring on weight loss, increased urination, increased thirst, bad breath, drooling, and more.
The kidneys normal function is to filter waste product in the body. When the kidney’s fail to do so, the waste builds up in the blood stream. When this happens, it can cause ulcers in the mouth, stomach, and esophagus. This is treatable but needs to be detected early on. Your local vet will be able to provide the best prognosis and treatment.
It’s important to pay attention to your cats body language. If you notice that something is off, it’s always a good idea to take them into your local veterinarian. They will be able to tell you whats causing your cat to drool and give proper care.
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