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Do Cats Normally Drool?

by Albert John October 02, 2017

16 Comments

Do Cats Normally Drool?

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.

Albert John
Albert John


16 Responses

P.A. Burke DVM
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 – )

Kristy
Kristy

October 15, 2017

My cat only drools when Im petting him and hes purring like crazy. Thats the onlt time he drools. I dont think he needs to go to a vet.

Kylie Inman
Kylie Inman

October 14, 2017

The only time my cat drools is when He is “massaging” my head At night. He seem to go into a trance-like state, and then i feel the drool DowN my face – Eeewwww!!! Is it possible that his drooling is derived from pure pleasure? I don’t suppose there’s any way of stopping this type of drool?

Nancy
Nancy

October 13, 2017

2 of my cats DROOL WHEN i PET THEM. i HAVE HAD THIS CHECKED OUT AND NOTHING IS WRONG WITH EITHER. tHE LAUDER THEY PURR, THE MORE THEY DROOL.

Linda
Linda

October 13, 2017

My Persian drools a little when i pet her and she purs. This is the onlt time. She gets reg check ups. Do yoU think i should be concerneD?

Yvette
Yvette

October 13, 2017

Our cat jennifer angel belle actually drools profusely when she’s cuddling, “making biscuits”with her paws and being caressed&loved by my hubby and her favorite vet at her vet clinic were she’s currently boarding while im in hospital. Jenny will drool like a dog when euphoricly happy, it’s funny to see. No other time, only when happy in the lap or arms of a favorite human slave lol lol.

Nancy Powell
Nancy Powell

October 13, 2017

Please let people know that some cats, like mine, drool when they are purring and rubbing on your leg. Not all cat drool signifies problems!

Linda
Linda

October 13, 2017

I have had several cats drool when they are very content and happy while being petted, nOT IN PAIN or sick.
You have a good site but at times are very miss leading.

Paula smith
Paula smith

October 13, 2017

Two of my cats drool when they are on my lap purring. Its the only time they drool, but one cat a few months ago lost his main fang tooth at the top, i found the whole tooth on my bed. They dont seem to have a problem eating except sometimes i see him eating on one side only. They ae both eight years old.

Cindy
Cindy

October 13, 2017

I have two cats that drool. One of them is 14 years old and he has done it his entire life and the other one is 15 months old. They only drool when i’M petting them and they’re purring. They Are both my bIggest eaters so your, “pain in the mouth” reasoning isn’t always accurate.

Ann Staab
Ann Staab

October 13, 2017

My big male Main Coon kitty drools when he’s purring hard. He doesn’t seem to be in pain. I also have other kitties that drool when they purr. Id this drooling OK?

corinne
corinne

October 13, 2017

Cats will also drool when content and relaxed and being petted. This is a fact- all drooling is not associated with pain, infection etc of the mouth or other illness- if the cat is drooling when relaxed and being caressed. look it up!

Susan Schaaf
Susan Schaaf

October 13, 2017

I have a healthy 10 year old spayed female cat who only drools when i am petting her, which makes her very happy. She drools when she is amorous.

Joleen
Joleen

October 13, 2017

My cat only drools when you pet her. How come?

Sarah cheeseman
Sarah cheeseman

October 13, 2017

My cat haTes being in the Car and drools on the journey. vet tells me its like a car sickness. He doeSnt go very often luckily just for checkups

Cheryl Hall
Cheryl Hall

October 12, 2017

My cat a female cat too! Drools when I massage her head. so does that mean i should take her to the vet I thought it was because she was in heaven fro my massaging?

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