A lot of dogs drool a lot, and almost everyone does not mind this. However, most cats typically do not drool except if their mouths are hurting. According to Dr. Tracy Jensen, the moment cats are drooling, something is wrong and they have to be seen by the vet to get to the bottom of it.
Drooling is an act of a cat which is usually linked with pain. When swallowing hurts for them, they will simply let the saliva leak out of their mouth instead. Several things can possible cause pain in a cat’s mouth, which includes a broken tooth, dental disease (Gingivitis), ulcers inside the mouth and even tumors inside it. Dr. Jensen explained that a cat can have ulcers in the mouth for different reasons. One indication of having a kidney disease can be ulcers in the mouth, and viruses that can cause ulcers as well. Ulcers can make it painful for them to swallow.
The moment your cat is drooling, you must take him to see the vet. You have to schedule a vet visit as soon as possible since cat drooling is typically associated with pain. Initially, the vet will check to determine if your cat has lost some weight. Your cat might not be eating normally if his mouth is hurting. Then, the vet will do a thorough physical exam to check your cat’s mouth and his entire body. If needed, the veterinarian may also want to take some X-rays of your cat’s mouth to see what might be loitering beneath the gum line.
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P.A. Burke DVM
November 15, 2018
Ran into this and I have to, respectfully , but strongly , disagree. A significant number of individual cats , repetitively, drool when they are very happy, or very nervous— it is a thin, watery drool- some even bubble up. Have seem some cats drool with mouth ulcers esp. calici virus, some with foreign bodies in the mouth or throat , and some with mouth cancer. Rarely with dental disease. Very nauseated cats will sometime produce a thick drool. ( I CAN’T GET THIS TO POST EXCEPT IN ALL CAPS – )