Is Your Cat Drooling?
Cat drooling is not something that most feline pet owners imagined they would experience, but it is an issue that can pop up. Sometimes drooling occurs infrequently as a result of external stimulation, such as food. Haven’t you ever salivated a little at the smell of a really good meal? The same is possible for a cat, although in this particular instance the drooling typically would not last long, nor should it be a common occurrence. In cases where cat drooling occurs on a frequent basis or seems very out-of-place, then the likely culprit is likely to be either an illness or injury.
Gingivitis is a condition in which the gums become inflamed due to an infection caused by either bacteria or a virus. Gingivitis causes the gums to become red and is often a painful condition to have. In some instances, the gums may loosen so much that teeth begin to loosen or fall out entirely. We often see advertisements on television for mouth wash products or toothpaste which promises to fight gingivitis in humans, but very little is said about this condition in pets. The truth is that felines are more susceptible to this condition than even dogs because where a dog may clean its teeth and gums on a chew toy or bone, many cats do not indulge in this activity. The most prevalent signs of gingivitis include excessive drooling, redness of the gums, and oral pain which can often lead to weight loss as the pain prevents the cat from eating as it should. If you find signs of gingivitis in your cat, take your cat to the vet for an inspection and suggested treatment.
Oral Ulcer or Cut
An ulcer or a cut within the mouth is also a probable cause of cat drooling. Ulcers are sores that develop in the mouth as a result of a bacterial infection. An ulcer is most likely to develop on the inner side of the cheek and the upper back portion of the mouth. These areas often rub against teeth or food and the flesh can become pricked, scratched, or out-right cut. If bacteria finds a way into this site, it can take hold there until the area becomes irritated. Ulcers often appear a slightly puffy white tissue that may or may not bleed. The inner portion of the ulcer may be red due to localized inflammation. Ulcers are pretty common among cats and typically heal on their own, however if your cat has an ulcer and you are worried that it may not be healing properly, you should take your cat to see the vet.
Ingesting Toxins or Chemicals
It is not uncommon for a curious kitty to eat something he probably shouldn’t have. Drooling accompanied by sluggishness, crying, or seclusion from others could mean that your cat has eaten something that is causing pain from the inside. He may even refuse to eat or drink for a while due to the pain. Check items that could be harmful to your cat which he might have gained access to, such as cleaning products, mouse/insect bait or traps, bleach, or similar products. Check the caps to make sure that they are secure and inspect the bottle for bite marks. You may also search around to see if your cat has vomited nearby, which could lead you to the source of his pain. Other items you might want to check are soaps, makeup, and perfume which could have been left out or knocked over and spilled. These are less likely to cause permanent harm than cleaning products or poisons, however they can still cause a great deal of upset for your cat. Any time one suspects that a pet has ingested something harmful, the vet should be notified immediately so that an attempt can be made to cleanse the animal’s system.