Cat drooling: why and what to do?

Pet owners know how important it is to pay attention to the behavior of pets, their mood and well-being. They cannot speak clearly about their problems and ask for help. Often, the owner’s attentiveness can save them health or life.

Cat drooling from her mouth

The value of saliva in the work of the cat's body

Increased salivation is often caused by completely normal causes, for example, the smell of food, when using dry food, if the cat is very scared, after taking medications with bitter contents. This is a standard physiological process, it quickly stops after the removal of the cause. The same reaction is caused by the ingress of animal sand, earth, hard blades of grass, and wool into the mouth.

Another reason is the readiness for licking, and in this case, saliva becomes an important component in maintaining the health of the animal. But if excessive secretion occurs, the animal is worried or looks apathetic - this is a signal to the caring owner about problems in the body of the pet.

Please note: with prolonged profuse salivation for no apparent reason, you need to show the cat to the veterinarian.

Signs and types of salivation

It is not always possible to establish long-term monitoring of a pet, but some signs may indicate that saliva is produced in excess. You need to be careful if:

  • the cat constantly swallows;
  • often scratches his face on protruding pieces of furniture or corners;
  • wet spots remain on the bed;
  • around the muzzle and on the chest, the hair turns into “icicles”;
  • the tip of the tongue is constantly visible.

Physiological reasons

They can be quite commonplace, for example, a fish scale or blade of grass stuck to the side of the tongue. Most cats are very curious and simply unable to get past a bug, a spider or a fly entangled in a web. They taste them, not sorting out the breed and species, and many varieties are bitter and poisonous.

During the trip, the cat can be rocked, like a person. In this case, salivation normalizes after a few hours. Particular attention should be paid to the pet during the antiparasitic treatment of wool and not to allow it to lick the product. At a certain concentration, it can cause poisoning with salivation and indigestion.

Other reasons may be more significant:

  • trichobesoar, expressed in a lump of swallowed wool, which cannot come out naturally;
  • poisoning by plants, mercury, rat bait, expired diet;
  • cyst in the salivary gland;
  • gingivitis;
  • abscess;
  • viral leukemia.

You should know: rabies also begins with salivation, gradually increased aggression, fear of water and light is added to it.

The same symptom is present when infected with helminths; complex treatment with special drugs is necessary. A serious warning is the abundant salivation during the transition to a new feed. This indicates a severe allergic reaction caused by one of the components. If the process does not stabilize within 2-3 days, then it makes sense to return to the previous power supply system.

When a reduced appetite, unpleasant odor and impaired bowel movement are added to excess saliva, it is worthwhile to conduct a comprehensive examination for the state of the gastrointestinal tract and liver functions. In animals of advanced age, the symptom indicates a possible oncology. Her insidiousness is in very minor symptoms.As a rule, they appear in the last stages when it is no longer possible to help the animal.

Psychological reasons

Cats sometimes experience strong emotions that serve as a catalyst for increased salivation.

  1. During estrus, the cat is worried, salivation increases by 2–3 times.
  2. Very loving individuals often climb onto the owner’s neck and hang from there, like an exotic boa, abundantly irrigating the collar and other parts of clothing with viscous saliva from happiness.
  3. Strong fright provokes not only involuntary emptying of the intestines and bladder, but also an abundance of saliva.

Suspected Disease Procedure

What to do if a cat is drooling
First of all, it is necessary to carefully examine the pet for bruises and abdominal density. Inside the cats is a thin film that holds the intestines in a fixed state. If the cat received a blow or jumped unsuccessfully, the shell breaks, the intestines “slide” into the region of the lower paws, forming a soft lump. In this case, the saliva disappears completely, and the animal refuses water or flows continuously in a thin stream.

If outwardly everything is normal, you need to analyze the behavior, appetite and change in habits, remember whether the food has changed or treatment has been carried out. These factors are very important for establishing the reasons together with the veterinarian.

When natural factors are excluded, and the symptom lasts more than a day, while the cat was not transported, did not scare, did not give medicine, it is necessary to consult a clinic.

Important: in case of unmotivated aggression, fear of light and water, convulsions, foam and saliva from the mouth, the animal is immediately isolated before being examined by a veterinarian.

It’s not worth delaying a trip to the clinic, some feline diseases are transmitted to humans. The life of a cat also sometimes depends on the speed of measures taken.

Most diseases in cats are asymptomatic or with minor manifestations. To make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment, a fluffy patient will have to undergo:

  1. complex of analyzes;
  2. helminth infections test;
  3. examination of the esophagus and mouth on foreign bodies, the condition of the teeth and gums;
  4. Ultrasound and x-ray.

Sometimes a third-party consultation is necessary.

Therapeutic measures
After making an anamnesis, therapy is determined. Infectious diseases require constant monitoring of the state of the pet with the introduction of drugs, so they can offer inpatient treatment. At home, you also need increased attention and monitoring the cat's health.

For local exposure, ointments and powders are prescribed, with a number of diseases, a prescription for drops, tablets, suspensions is prescribed. In severe cases, droppers and injections are needed.

If there is a suspicion of rabies and the diagnosis is confirmed, then the pet will have to be euthanized. They will not give him up to his hands; according to sanitary requirements, cremation is carried out to prevent the spread of the disease. If vaccination is carried out in time, then the animal develops immunity and does not threaten its health.

Prevention and Care Tips

Prevention of salivation in cats
Many problems can be avoided if you regularly visit the veterinarian and follow the vaccination schedule. This is especially important for animals with free access to the street.

A few recommendations will help avoid excessive salivation:

  1. Medicines, chemicals, rodent baits and cockroach venom are stored in an inaccessible place.
  2. Indoor plants with poisonous or bitter juice are raised to a height, removing the pet from the access zone.
  3. It is necessary to examine the mouth for inflammation and particulate matter, especially after a fish diet.
  4. Do not change the feed sharply and observe the pet when changing the diet for 2-3 days.
  5. Flea remedies are applied only between the shoulder blades, outside the cat's reach.
  6. The clinic is visited annually and a preventive examination by a specialist is carried out.

The animal must have free access to water, bowls and drinkers are thoroughly washed and regularly processed. The diet should not include chicken bones, fish with small bones. It is better to boil or pass through a meat grinder to avoid injections and stuck bones in the esophagus. To normalize the digestion of cats, germinated seeds and special herbal lawns, which are fashionable to grow on the windowsill, are useful.

Excessive salivation is often quite harmless and has quite understandable everyday causes. For peace of mind, you should show the cat to the veterinarian and undergo a basic examination. It will help to identify the initial stage of the disease or to remove all doubts about the good health of the pet. A cheerful cat will give his love and favorably take caress, restoring the peace of mind of households who care about their pet.

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