Why is my cat drooling

Salivation in the cat

Cats drool more often when they purr, sleep or have something tasty to eat in view. Occasional droplets of saliva run out of the cat's mouth. The flow of saliva in cats is therefore mostly harmless. But when is the salivation really too much and what could be the causes? As a pet owner, you should examine sudden increased salivation for no apparent reason.

Causes of increased salivation in cats


  • Catnip or Valerian

These substances stimulate saliva production, which is why your cat can drool more often.

The cat may salivate after taking medication. often after antibiotics because they are bitter. However, this subsides quickly.

Mouth growths and tumors can also trigger increased salivation in cats. Check your cat's oral cavity for abnormalities. Look deep into her mouth. If you suspect a tumor, you should contact the veterinarian immediately.

When playing, it is possible that a foreign object, such as a thread, gets caught in the cat's mouth. The cat will then drool more to get rid of it. If the cat vomits in addition to the increased drooling or no longer takes in food, this also speaks for a foreign body.

If the foreign body sits in an inconvenient place, it can cause severe pain. If you suspect a foreign body in the oral cavity, you should definitely consult a veterinarian immediately.

The cat's body also tries to get rid of toxins through increased salivation. Such toxins include certain types of plants such as aloe vera or ivy, cleaning agents or slug pellets.

Poisoning is usually accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors or partial paralysis. Poisoning, even suspected, is an emergency. Immediately drive to the vet or to the veterinary emergency service.

Excessive salivation in cats can result from gum inflammation or indicate dental problems such as tartar or FORL.

Cats often drool more often when they are tense or stressed. Reasons for this could be, for example, car trips, loud noises or a new family member.

Excessive saliva production can be associated with kidney failure or liver disease.

These diseases can usually not be cured, but treated supportively and the animals are symptom-free for longer if they are recognized in time.

The above list only represents examples of causes. There is no guarantee of completeness. If your cat has increased salivation, see the vet to find out the cause. He will examine you in detail and initiate the appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic measures.


When to the doctor

Short-term and occasional salivation in the cat with no further symptoms is usually not a cause for concern. However, you should be alerted if the flow of saliva continues uninterrupted, occurs repeatedly or if other behavioral problems occur, such as vomiting, blood in the saliva or general malaise. Then it is possible that your cat has health problems and needs an urgent examination.

In any case, please announce your visit to the vet in advance. This allows the medical staff to make preparations that may be necessary for the examination and treatment.

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