Do cats drool?

Drooling is a normal behavior of dogs but not of cats. However this is not to say that cats do not drool…they do! Cat drooling can be a response to a good feeling. In most cases the cats drooling is a symptom of a health issue.

There are various reasons why a cat would drool. Drooling can be psychological. The cat can drool on the way to the vet’s. Owners would notice the wet fur or the cat carrier that was wet by the cat’s drool. The cat that is foaming at the mouth can be suffering from motion sickness. A visit to a veterinary facility can be a stressful situation for a cat. Cats are intelligent creatures. Anticipating the prodding of the vet, an injection or the administration of a bad tasting medicine would make the cat anxious. Cats that feel threatened would salivate profusely. Drooling is one of the signs of the cat’s stressed condition. This kind of drooling though would be short-lived. Drooling would stop as soon as the cat is removed from the stressful situation. Cats would drool not only because of stress. Drooling can be a sign of contentment…a response to a good feeling. Cats that are kneading would purr and drool. Cats that enjoy the cuddling and the petting of the owner can drool as well.

In most cases though, drooling signifies a health concern. This kind of drooling will persist. Excessive salivation would surely be noticed by the cat owner. The most common reasons for the cat’s abnormal drooling are problems associated with the cat’s mouth. Cats are fish eaters…a fish bone stuck on the cat’s tongue, gums or on the roof of the mouth would make the cat salivate profusely. Curiosity can kill the cat…curiosity can cause a fish hook to be embedded on the cat’s tongue too. Fish hooks and other foreign objects in the cat’s mouth can be the reason for the cat’s abnormal salivation. Gum and teeth problems can be the culprit for the cat’s drooling. Decayed or abscessed teeth, abscessed gums or tartar, oral lacerations or oral tumors are some of the reasons that will make cats drool excessively. Cats, even those accustomed to being cuddled, petted and touch would put up a fight if the owner tries to examine the mouth. Pain will make the pet struggle. Owners therefore have to look for other signs of the cat’s oral problem. Apart from drooling, cats with oral problems would have a foul breath. The saliva can be tinged with blood. Cat owners would notice the pet’s refusal to eat and drink.

The cat’s drooling can be due to other problems in the cat’s body. Drooling can be due to ingestion of toxic products. The ever curious cat may have ingested or may have licked a poisonous substance. Insecticides, household cleaning products and other toxic chemicals would burn the tongue and the lining of the mouth and cause the cat the drool. Ingestion of poisonous substances will make the cat drool and vomit. Lethargy, weakness and seizures are other signs of poisoning. It is imperative to seek prompt medical attention for the pet.

Drooling is one of the signs of rabies. Rabies is also known as the “mad dog diseases” because this fatal viral infection is more common in dogs. Cats however are affected as well. Pet owners are aware that rabies can be transmitted to humans commonly through the bite of an infected animal. Fortunately, rabies was largely prevented because of extensive vaccination program.

Before treatment can be administered it would be necessary to identify the cause of the cat’s drooling. As always, a vet’s expert knowhow would be needed to resolve whatever is causing the pet to drool.