Wednesday, February 14, 2024

What Causes Drooling In Cats?

Have you ever noticed your cat drooling? While it might be more commonly associated with dogs, many cat owners have observed their cats exhibiting this curious behavior. There are many reasons a cat may drool ranging from contentment and relaxation to potential underlying health issues. Here are some common reasons why cats may drool:  

Happiness or Contentment or Excitement and Anticipation: Some cats may drool when they are extremely relaxed and content, especially when they are being petted or are in a comfortable environment. They may also drool in anticipation of food or during playtime when excited.

Heat or Overheating: Cats may drool in response to heat or overheating, especially in warmer environments.

Nausea or Motion Sickness: Cats may drool if they are feeling nauseous or are experiencing motion sickness, especially during car rides.

Ingestion of Toxic Substances or Foreign Objects: Ingesting toxic substances or plants can cause drooling as a sign of poisoning. This is a serious emergency, and immediate veterinary attention is required. Another potential emergency is if they ingested a foreign object that may be stuck in their mouth or throat and can cause drooling. 

Infections or Illnesses: Respiratory infections, salivary gland disorders, or other systemic illnesses can lead to increased drooling.

Dental Problems: Dental issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, or oral infections can cause pain and discomfort, leading to drooling.
 Any injury or trauma to the mouth, tongue, or throat can result in drooling as a response to pain.

Stomatitis:  A painful inflammation of the oral mucous membranes in cats, can cause a variety of symptoms, including drooling.  Stomatitis is an autoimmune disease, where cats have an exaggerated immune response to dental plaque.  This immune response can result in inflammation and ulceration of the gums, tongue, and other oral tissues.

Cats suffering from stomatitis experience challenges in eating or grooming due to the pain and discomfort in their mouths. This discomfort often leads to excessive drooling as a response to the oral pain and inflammation.  Cats may also develop other signs of oral discomfort, such as reluctance to eat, weight loss, bad breath, and pawing at their mouths. 
Utilizing natural supplements can aid in alleviating pain, combating infection, and addressing allergic reactions.

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