A drooling cat may be rare, but it’s also an adorable sight. Still, it’s important for you to know when the drool is harmless, and when it points to a bigger problem!
Cats? Drooling? Sounds weird when you look at your sophisticated little ginger, right? It's easier to see puppies and dogs with their saliva-dripping tongues lolling out, but when it comes to cats, the concept of actively drooling just doesn't sit well with most of us!
Well, it's true that feline drooling isn't as common as that of dogs. In fact, you probably haven't even wondered if cats drool, too.
What Does It Mean When Cats Drool?
Cat's naturally like to stay clean and dry, so their drooling comes as a surprise to the cat's parents. Although it's nothing that should alarm you right away, you still need to know why your cat's saliva is dripping out of its mouth for any reason!
1. When The Cat is Relaxed
Have you ever seen a baby concentrate so hard on their toy that they don't realize there's saliva dribbling out? It's because they're at complete peace and have no care in the world. Their fit in their body and mind, and this contentment leads them to a carefree mode where they really like to let themselves loose. So if you're pampering your cat perfectly well, you may see a few signs of drooling, which means your cat is in a state of utmost comfort!
2. When the Cat is Kneading and Purring
The development of a motherly, nurturing connection between an adult cat and its litter also often involves drooling right from the stage of kittenhood. A cat and its litter basically knead each other's paws using their own to convey feelings of connection and contentment. At this stage, they also purr to express their affection for each other.
So while all this kneading and purring is taking place, both the mother and the litter are in an ecstatic state of mind, which eventually leads to drooling. As a result, the cat is able to wean effectively and provide a healthy, filling meal to its litter.
3. When It Wants to Show Its Love
You must admit here, cats are pretty adorable. They drool when they're expressing their love for you! You may have wiped a blob or two of your kitty's saliva off your hand when you were giving it a little massage, or maybe when you were singing a lullaby as it slept in your arms. If you and your cat share a strong bond, the feeling of affection for each other may strengthen and might lead to an increase in drooling.
Besides love, however, this type of drooling also indicated that the cat is comfortable, content, and is trusting the person or object or environment for which it had these feelings of affection!
4. When It's Nervous
First things first, nervousness in your cat isn't anything to feel worried about, so drooling out of nervousness isn't something to fuss over, either. It may feel nervous during a number of routine tasks, such as a vet checkup or a car ride, or during something that may be more significant, such as giving birth, or confronting a traumatic trigger. In any scenario where your cat feels out of place or out of its comfort zone, your cat might drool to express its nervousness and lack of composure.
5. When the Cat Is Eyeing Its Food
Again, food-triggered drooling is more characteristic of dogs than cats, so this is another normal but rare cause of drooling. Cats usually don't waste their time drooling over their food, or any tempting food-to-be that catches their eye, but if something particularly delicious grabs their attention, then they may surely break all rules!
6. When It Faces Hyper Salivation
Occasional drooling under these previous five conditions is nothing to worry about. However, if your cat drools actively and at a stretch, then that may signal to some physical problems.
Sometimes, your cat may excessively salivate when its burned out. High temperatures, sunny days, and lots of labor may contribute to excessive drooling.
In other cases, your cat may also be drooling more than usual when it has suffered injuries or diseases of sorts. It may be a tiny accident leading to an injury, or it may be something as serious as a depressive disorder, which takes more toll on your cat's health.
7. Oral Problems
There are various oral issues that may cause a cat to drool excessively. These include a poor oral hygiene, oral injuries, and diseases. For instance, if your cat has a bad breath, it may keep its mouth open and drool as an attempt to get rid of the it.
If the cat is suffering from mouth ulcers, toothache, gingivitis, teething, stomatiting, or any other disease or disease-like feeling, it may keep its mouth open, often due to pain. Nausea, labored breathing, or an abscessed tooth may also cause a cat to keep its mouth open.
8. When a Foreign Body Intrudes
Cats are highly sensitive with whatever finds its way to their mouth. They do not tolerate anything unwanted to be stuck inside, and will do everything in their power to get rid of it. This may include microplastics, fabric remnants, or any similar object that doesn't belong within their jaws!
9. When It Has Ingested Toxins
If your cat has somehow had the access to toxins in your house, it may try to chew on it or ingest it in some way. In other cases, it may also consume spoilt food containing toxins that would then cause the cat to drool away the contaminants.
10. When There's a Serious Problem
Lastly, drooling may also signal towards some more serious issues, such as:
· Swollen lymph nodes
· Oral bleeding
· Insect stings
· Acid reflux
· Oral cancer
· Liver shunt
· Upper respiratory function
· Heat stroke
· Kidney failure
Occasional, limited drooling in cats may not be common, but it’s definitely normal. However, excessive and continuous drooling would indicate that something’s wrong with the cat, in which case you may consult with a vet and look for a treatment to solve the problem.