It’s never normal for a cat to drool like a dog, even if it’s only just a little bit. Any amount of cat drool is more than enough cause for concern, so pay attention to the information I’m about to give you.
I spoke recently about abnormal drooling in dogs, so now it’s time to talk about why your cat may be drooling.
Not All Cat Drool is Dangerous
Interestingly enough, some cats will actually drool when they are being cuddled, pet, having a good sleep, or if they are relaxed, in general.
Happiness in cats can cause a physiological response that leads to some minor drool, which isn’t a sign of danger.
When Cat Drool is Dangerous
As I just mentioned, there are a lot of instances where cat drool becomes dangerous.
When a cat becomes scared or upset, a cat will often have nausea occur and may vomit.
For example, a cat may start drooling when they are in the car in a carrier on the way to the vet due to fear and motion sickness.
Oral Complications That Lead to Drooling
Dental disease is one of the many oral complications that can lead to excessive drooling in cats. This can occur due to your cat trying to relieve the oral irritation they are likely going through if their mouth, throat, or even both are sore.
Other oral complications include toothaches, a foreign body stuck in your cat’s mouth, and oral cancer.
Foreign bodies are especially a problem with curious kitties. Even something as small as a crumb of food stuck in the wrong place can cause them to paw at their mouth over and over, leading to oral irritation and drooling.
The Ingestion of a Poisonous Plant
There are a lot of plants toxic to cats, most of which can cause immense swelling, irritation, and dangerous drooling.
Lilies, for example, tend to be the most common household plant. Unfortunately, all species of lilies cause drooling due to the side effects that come with a cat munching on one.
Trauma Leading to Drooling
Minor injuries to outdoor cats can be a fairly common occurrence. Fighting with another cat, for example, can lead to minor trauma that can blow up into something you and your cat do not want.
A fracture to the jaw, for example, can cause severe drooling. Unfortunately, even something as simple as a claw to the gums can cause issues and lead to drooling.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
Different types of cancer, such as squamous cell carcinoma or SCC, can lead to a scary amount of cat drool.
If your cat begins showing the symptoms listed below, you need to get her to a vet – fast:
- No appetite/not eating
- Excessive drooling
- The inability to hold food in their mouth
- The inability to close their mouth
- Weight loss
This type of cancer is an extremely aggressive one, but finding it before it blows up can help your cat get the change they need to survive and thrive.
Household Cleaning Products That Cause Drooling
Cats with poor livers are not able to metabolize drugs or chemicals in their surroundings as well as cats with healthy livers can.
Laundry detergent and floor cleaners, for example, can cause irritation and drooling in cats.
Accidental poisoning can result in severe drooling and burns to the stomach, esophagus, throat, and mouth.
Paying Attention to Why Your Cat is Drooling
Even if you figure out the cause of your cat’s drooling, a visit to the vet for aftercare is still important.
As I mentioned before, a drooling cat is typically a sick cat.