Drooling – Cats
Can Cats Drool like Dogs?
Cats don’t typically drool the way dogs do. Occasional drool while eating isn’t usually a problem, but there might be a more serious problem causing if the drooling is excessive. Some of the most common causes of excessive drooling in cats include:
- Dental Problems
- Mouth Diseases
- Ingesting Harmful Substances
- Kidney Failure
How to Identify the Cause of Drooling
Dental problems and mouth diseases
Your cat might not like getting their teeth brushed, but a mouth clean will prevent tartar buildup and tooth decay. If your cat is drooling, check their mouth for red or swollen gums, brown teeth, and bad breath. Animal Wellness Center can provide dental cleanings and surgeries as needed to keep their teeth and mouth healthy.
Ingesting harmful substances
Many household plants, cleaners, and medications are toxic to cats if they ingest them. If your cat eats something toxic, they will often exhibit excessive drooling. If you even suspect your cat of eating something harmful, take them to the vet right away! Remember, some plants are deadly to cats. The most dangerous are lilies of the Hemerocallis and Lilium species like Easter Lilies, tiger lilies, day lilies, Japanese show lilies, Western lilies, and stargazer lilies.
When a cat suffers from heatstroke from being left in a hot room or overexerting themselves in high temperatures, they may exhibit excessive drooling, panting, vomiting, redness of gums, and lethargy. Make sure your cat has a fresh supply of water at all times on hot days and let them have access to cool areas around the house. Never leave your pet in a car, even if it feels cool outside. Call your vet right away if you suspect your cat has heatstroke and keep them cool.
Many aging and elderly cats will experience kidney failure. Kidneys are used to filter waste out of the body through urination; when the kidneys fail, the waste builds up in the blood stream. This can cause uremic ulcers to form in the cat’s mouth, leading to drooling. Other symptoms of kidney failure include increased thirst, increased urination, lethargy, and weight loss.
Certain cancers can cause excessive drooling in cats, particularly squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer usually develops in the mouth, eyes, and ears. Symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma include drooling, loss of appetite, weight loss, bad breath, and inability to close their mouth. Set up an appointment with Animal Wellness Center for diagnosis and treatment.
Just like people, cats can experience anxiety. If your cat is under extreme stress, they may exhibit panting, drooling, and general nervousness. Causes include being in the car, having strangers in their home, significant changes in their environment, or being rehomed. If your cat is suddenly exhibiting symptoms of anxiety without any of these common stressors, they might have an underlying illness. Contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your cat’s wellbeing or if their anxiety continues.
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