Why Does My Cat Drool?

Why Does My Cat Drool?

Why Does My Cat Drool

One of the questions that many cat owners ask is that of why their cat drools. But this can be a difficult question to answer. It is not common for cats to drool, although a slight drool is ok now and then. However if your cat is constantly drooling, then this is usually a sign that something is wrong, and therefore you should seek medical advice.

There are a number of reasons why cats drool, hence which makes answering the question somewhat difficult. However, there are a few common reasons, which we shall now explore.

Tooth decay is one of the most common reasons for a cat to drool. This is often due to a thick build up of tartar on the teeth, which can then rub against the sensitive skin of the mouth. This irritation causes the cat to drool. Although uncomfortable for the cat, it is not life threatening and can be easily chipped away by your vet. However to prevent if from happening in the future, you will need to brush your cat’s teeth daily. This will also help to prevent gingivitis and other oral problems.

Another more serious reason for your cat drooling is that of mouth ulcers or abscesses, and in rare cases mouth cancer. This is why it is always best to get your cat checked out by your local vet.

If your cat has difficulty in swallowing, this can result in drooling. This difficulty can happen for many reasons. A simple reason could be that a cat toy or a piece of string or other foreign object has become entangled in your cat’s mouth, either having wrapped itself around the tongue or teeth. If you can easily remove the object then do so, but otherwise you will need to seek the assistance of your vet.

Other more serious complications could be that of a foreign object becoming implanted in the soft tissue of your cat’s mouth, that is causing them to drool. This could be something as simple as a piece of small twig. Obviously you will need to seek medical attention and possibly a course of antibiotics if there is an infection present. Other less serious issues for difficulty in swallowing could just be simply that your cat doesn’t like the taste of their new cat treat. Just be vigilant and if need be, contact your vet.

Too much sun surprisingly can also be a reason for your cat’s to constant drool. A combination of too much sun and not enough fluids is the reason, but this can easily be overcome by making sure that your cat is kept in the shade and is given plenty of fluids. If you think that your cat has suffered heatstroke, then you will need to contact your vet.

Travel sickness can also result in your cat drooling. This is due to the fact that cats can become afraid and anxious when placed into a car, and as a result resort to open mouth breathing and panting, which in turn leads to drooling. What’s more important here is to reduce your cat’s anxieties by gradually getting them used to traveling in the car. When a cat does drool it  is just the symptom of their anxiety.

Finally if your cat has an upper respiratory infection, then this can result in constant drooling. This can be difficult to asses, so again if you are in any doubt, seek advice from your vet.

There really are many reasons why your cat drools. Some are very minor while others are threatening to your cat’s health. If your cat is drooling constantly and you feel that something is wrong, trust your gut instinct and get then seen by your vet.

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