Cat Drooling – Why You Should Not Ignore And How To Stop That Situation

Cat Drooling – Why You Should Not Ignore And How To Stop That Situation

Sometimes drool is a small price to pay when you have a little fur-ball to love. Some of our kitties drool when they get excited by petting or in the car. This type of drool is sporadic and usually not a signal of disease. But if your cat is drooling continuously, particularly if she’s older, you should not never ignore it. In that case, you need to get on this right away. The below information will help you understand your cat’s health situation and let you find some way to prevent that disease

Why does drooling happen to your cat?

Cats aren’t big droolers. They might slobber when they purr or if they see the vet coming with a shot. While a little drool is nothing to worry about, a waterfall can be a sign your kitty is sick.

Here are some reasons your cat might drool too much that you should take a caution carefully.

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  • Mouth disease and tooth decay: Tartar buildup can rub on the inside of your cat’s lip, causing her to slobber. To check, pull her lip back toward her ear. Do her teeth look like concrete? Are they brown? Are the gums red, swollen, or even bleeding?
  • Trouble swallowing: While playing, a string or a toy might get stuck in your cat’s mouth or wrapped around her tongue. In that case, you should try to remove the object yourself, or call your vet for help. Then again, your cat might have a hard time swallowing just because she has bad taste in her mouth. Maybe she didn’t quite swallow her medicine, or she licked or ate something gross. Just keep an eye on her to make sure she stays out of trouble.
  • Heatstroke: Pets with flat faces, such as Persian cats, are more likely to have heatstroke. It isn’t as common in cats as it is in other animals, though, because felines have less fur. Still, if your cat had too much sun or not enough water, that's dangerous for her.
  • Motion sickness: Cats don’t usually take car rides -- unless they’re going to the vet for shots. Those trips could be bad memories for her, making her nervous or nauseated. Open-mouth panting and breathing, signs of anxiety, can cause your cat to drool.
  • Organ disease: As pets age, they're more likely to get sick. Liver and kidney diseases can cause drooling, too. Vets suggest annual checkups diagnose and treat such diseases early.
  • Poisonous plants: Common plants like tulips, azaleas, and chrysanthemums can make your cat drool, as well as make her sick, so don't let your feline friend eat them. For a list of poisonous plants, check with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
  • Upper respiratory infections: Drooling can signal an infection of the nose, throat, or sinuses. Cats that live in homes or shelters with other pets have a higher risk. Stress is another factor.

A drooling cat’s other symptoms

Cat Drooling – Why You Should Not Ignore And How To Stop That Situation

If the drooling is caused by an underlying condition, typically other symptoms will be present. Cats with dental trauma or disease may also have bad breath, swollen gums, and loss of appetite. Tumors often present with varied symptoms depending on its location, but sudden weight loss, visible lumps, or excessive meowing due to pain are general signs of cancer in cats.

If your pet has been poisoned – depending on the substance – it should be treated as a medical emergency! Vomiting and diarrhea may occur, Common cat poisons include lilies, antifreeze, marijuana, raisins, and alcohol. Many human foods and indoor plants aren’t safe for felines, so always consult your nearest vet for the guide.

Treatment for a cat drooling

If the drooling is caused by an underlying condition, typically other symptoms will be present. Cats with dental trauma or disease may also have bad breath, swollen gums, and loss of appetite. Tumors often present with varied symptoms depending on its location, but sudden weight loss, visible lumps, or excessive meowing due to pain are general signs of cancer in cats.

If your pet has been poisoned – depending on the substance – it should be treated as a medical emergency! Vomiting and diarrhea may occur, common cat poisons include lilies, antifreeze, marijuana, raisins, and alcohol. Many human foods and indoor plants aren’t safe for felines, so always consult your nearest vet for the guide.

Prevent cat drooling

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Even perfectly healthy senior cats commonly drool, and some felines are dribblers from birth. It seems that a small but significant percentage of cats drool in response to positive stimulation, which is typically also accompanied by purring, rolling over submissively or rubbing their faces against the objects of their adoration. Most of these cats will be lifelong ‘happy droolers.'

If you find out the reason that relates to motion sickness, to make her more comfortable, you can try putting her in her carrier in the back seat without driving anywhere. Then, slowly work up to backing out of the driveway and driving around the block. Gradually repeat the routine as needed to ease carsickness. You must make sure your cat has shady places to cool off, too. On very hot days, keep her indoors, limit her exercise, and never leave her in a parked car. Call your vet right way if you suspect heatstroke.

Brushing your cat’s teeth can prevent plaque and tartar from attracting bacteria, which leads to painful gum inflammation. Abscessed teeth can also result from a combination of too many treats and too little brushing. Try a fish- or chicken-flavored toothpaste, along with a small fingertip toothbrush for cats! Start by acclimating your pet to being held for a moment and then to having the brush rubbed across their gums. For cats averse to tooth brushing, ask your vet about a fluoride solution that can be added to a pet fountain to keep teeth squeaky clean.

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  1. I adopted a rescue cat 4 yrs ago. She has used regular litter box successfully all this time. How can I transfer over to the newer self cleaning box? Very. Anxious to know your answer..

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