Why Cats Drool

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Unlike many breeds of dogs, cats don’t drool a lot. If you notice that your cat is drooling, it’s a good time to have your pet examined by your veterinarian.

Possible causes of excessive drooling in cats

• Dental disease

Dogs with irritation of the mouth and/or associated structures often drool in an effort to remove or soothe the pain and discomfort. Excess drooling is a common feature of most cases of dental disease. The drool may be tinged with blood and/or may smell unpleasant.

• Respiratory conditions

Some viral infections affecting the respiratory system of cats may cause the development of ulcers in the mouth, eventually leading to increased flow in saliva.

• Mouth cancer

Oral cancers can lead to excessive and persistent drooling. Tumors can develop anywhere from the tongue to the back of the cat’s throat.

• Foreign bodies

A foreign body that gets stuck in the mouth or esophagus can cause a cat to drool because they may have trouble swallowing.

• Fear

There are cats that drool when they experience intense feelings of excitement, anxiety, or fear. Apprehension when riding in a car can lead to drooling before vomiting.

• Joy

Some cats that are extremely relaxed may drool; this is often considered a physiologic response to contentment, comfort, and happiness.

Since there are a variety of potential issues that may cause drooling, you should visit or call your trusted vet Cherry Hill NJ.

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