Why Does My Cat Drool?
As a proud cat owner, you may wholeheartedly believe that cats rule and dogs drool, so if your cat starts drooling one day, you may wonder if something’s wrong. Your intuition is correct. The only times a cat should over-salivate are when she’s anticipating dinner, feeling stressed at the vet’s office, or purring passionately. A little slobber on these occasions isn’t worth fretting over.
However, if you notice consistent, heavy drooling from your cat—an ailment known as hypersalivation—your furry feline could be sick. Here are the top six reasons why your cat is drooling and how to diagnose the condition.
Oral Health Problems
Cavities, gum disease, tartar buildup, mouth ulcers, and tumors are all oral health problems that can cause your cat to drool. A professional dental cleaning, daily at-home brushing, and switching to dry food can all help keep your cat’s teeth and gums healthy.
Upper Respiratory Distress
Colds, allergies, and infections of the nose, throat, or sinuses can cause hypersalivation in cats. If, in addition to drooling, your cat sneezes, suffers from eye and nose discharge, and becomes less interested in playing, call the vet for advice about how to handle these signs of upper respiratory distress.
Panting and drooling are common in cats that are experiencing heatstroke. Persians and other flat-faced, long-haired breeds are particularly susceptible to this condition. Give your kitty plenty of water, keep her indoors on hot days, and never leave her alone in a parked car. If you think your cat has heatstroke, get her into the shade, offer her water, and call the vet.
In addition to making your cat sick, toxic substances such as insect poison, antifreeze, and certain plants (including lilies, azaleas, and tulips) can also cause drooling in cats. If you think your cat has eaten something she shouldn’t have, bring her to the vet immediately.
Liver or Kidney Disease
Portosystemic (liver) shunt and renal failure (kidney disease) are possible reasons why your cat is drooling. Other indicators of these conditions include poor appetite, weight loss, increased thirst, and vomiting. If you notice these symptoms along with drooling, bring your cat to the vet for diagnosis and treatment.
Cats are required by law to be vaccinated against rabies. If your unvaccinated cat gets outside and then starts drooling heavily shortly after that, she could have rabies. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for this condition, meaning euthanasia is the only option.
Visit Village Vet of Urbana to Diagnose Your Cat’s Drooling
Because excessive cat drooling could indicate a potentially life-threatening problem, it’s important not to postpone a vet visit. When you bring your cat to Village Vet of Urbana, you can expect your pet to undergo a complete physical exam. Visible symptoms such as swollen gums or high body temperature make it easy to diagnose gum disease or heatstroke. Other conditions may require blood tests, urinalysis, ultrasounds, or X-rays to get a better picture of the animal’s overall health.
Whatever the diagnosis, we can provide the necessary treatment to help your cat recover. From pet dental care for healthy teeth to prescription medication for renal failure, our vet hospital is equipped to treat the cause of your cat’s drooling.
To schedule a visit for your furry friend, please contact Village Vet of Urbana at 301-228-0681 today.