Unlike dogs, cats don’t normally drool — at least not to the same degree that our canine pals do. Dogs, depending on the breed, are our slobbering buddies whose saliva production can seem to be on overdrive. According to Animal Planet, the Top 10 canine droolers include basset hounds, English bulldogs, Great Danes and mastiffs. We tend to take it for granted that dogs drool, but cats not so much. This isn’t to say they don’t, but if they do you might want to determine why your cat’s drooling, because it could signal a potentially serious problem.
There are a handful of reasons why your putty tat might be drooling that are reasonably innocuous. They can vary from something as simple and self-explanatory as battling with a fur ball they’re trying to dislodge and ultimately eliminate, being freaked out or excited, nausea brought on by something like motion sickness (cats are usually not good automobile passengers), and occasionally during fits of pure unadulterated joy such as when they’re getting their love on and a good belly rub or petting session is taking place — especially if they happen to be fully in the throes of it while situated on their back or side.
Serious Underlying Causes of Drool in Cats
If you’ve already checked these things off your list and your cat is drooling, assuming it’s not just something your particular cat is inclined to, there’s several things you should be aware of and need to consider. For starters, drooling in your cat could possibly be alerting you to something as significant but easily treatable as a respiratory infection of the nose, throat or sinuses. Far more alarming, however, is rabies. While rare, it is something to take into consideration if your cat is not regularly vaccinated. Another possibility is organ disease. Like humans, cats are more prone to illnesses as they age. Things like kidney or liver disease have been known to cause drooling in cats.
Oral Causes Behind Cat Drool
If your cat has something stuck in its oral cavity it could cause drooling. Bones, string, ribbons and even twigs are fairly common “foreign objects” for cats to come into contact with and get lodged in their mouths or throats. Better that than a tumor or the possibility of oral cancers. These scarier diagnoses are known to be exceptionally rapacious in felines and can result in a significant amount of drool. Another thing to consider and is far more likely is dental disease. Over 80 percent of adult felines will develop periodontal, gum or other oral diseases in their lifetime that can cause them pain and potentially induce drooling.
Another fairly common possibility for inducing cats to drool is unfortunately from ingesting toxins, most typically through plants. If you aren’t already aware, there are an alarming number of seemingly innocent plant species we see about us nearly every day that can cause dogs and cats to become ill due to their high toxicity levels. Greenery such as tulips, aloe, azaleas, lilies, datura and chrysanthemums are plants that can make your cat drool as well as making him or her pretty darn sick, depending on the plant and the level of ingestion. You should familiarize yourself with poisonous plants if you’ve got pets and small children who could mistakenly eat them.
As always, if you see anything out of the norm with your animals after ruling out the obvious, contact your vet immediately. Remember, educating yourself, along with annual vaccinations and regular checkups for your pets, can help in both the diagnosis and treatment of diseases while ensuring they live longer, healthier lives.