Noticing a bit of drool from your cat? Perhaps your cat regularly has a little dampness around her mouth, or maybe drooling is a new occurrence that seems very out of the ordinary for your cat. Let’s review what’s normal and what isn’t.
As your cat relaxes into a snooze or in response to some good scritches, her jaw might slightly relax, allowing a bit of saliva to escape in a happy drool. Sweet bliss! Usually a happy drooler has done this her whole life and her human is used to these occurrences. In such cases, it is completely normal—you just might want to keep a small towel under your cat’s chin during kitty cuddle sessions.
Some cats drool as a nervous response to a fearful situation or due to motion sickness during a car ride. You can alleviate your cat’s fears by either providing her with a safe place to escape or work on desensitizing her to the fearful stimulus.
For a cat that doesn’t usually drool and has no cause for stress, the sudden onset of drooling can signal a bigger problem.
If the drooling continues and you notice additional symptoms such as weight loss, refusing to eat, or bad breath, there is likely an underlying medical issue that needs to be addressed.
The bottom line: a little wetness is likely nothing to worry about, but a lot of drool or the sudden onset of drooling, especially when accompanied by additional symptoms, means it’s time to go to the vet.
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