If you ride the cat to the vet clinic you may notice foam at the mouth of the cat. The foam can also be noticed after the administration of a dose of medicine. Many are not aware that these little drool has a long way to go. Let us discuss about cat drooling here. The cats salivate more when they are agitated or scared. Few other cats suffer from motion sickness if they are put under tense situation. This motion sickness problem can be identified from drool soaked cat carrier.
Few cats have the habit of developing the foam at the mouth if they feel nauseated. This kind of foam formation can be noticed in few cats while they are about to vomit the hair ball. Few cats form the foam while they are in happy mood especially when petted by the person liked by these lovely animals. What we had discussed above are the few causes for the drooling in cat. All these reason or the causes are very much short lived and are usually benign.
At times the cat may be drooling or foaming at the mouth for no apparent reason, one should not take this lightly. In any case if the drooling continues for mare than half an hour and if there are no other symptoms noticed, then one should rush the cat to the nearby vet clinic without wasting any time. There are two major reasons for abnormal drooling. One major reason is the problems occurring inside the mouth of the cat. The other major reason is the problem present in some other part of the body. In general the drooling is stimulated by nausea or pain.
Drooling is nothing but over flow of the saliva. This kind of overflow is caused by the interference in the act of swallowing. The interference in swallowing is caused by oral problems or any other neurological problems. There are so many mouth problems that result in the over flow of the saliva i.e. drooling. They are listed below. Dental diseases such as abscessed teeth, broken teeth, decayed teeth etc can result in drooling.
The drooling can be caused by gum diseases such as stomatitis, periodontal disease. Oral foreign body like fish bone, fish hook, string wrapped around tongue etc can result in over flow of saliva. Oral mass such as granuloma, tumor, eosinophilic etc can also result in drooling. Oral ulcer and oral laceration can lead to drooling. Bee stings and salivary gland cyst can also result in drooling. There are so many other oral disease symptoms that may accompany over flow of the saliva. They are foul breath, eating difficulty, blood tinged saliva, refusal to eat the food that is being provided to the cat in general. The cat will show visible signs of discomfort.
The cat will be looking very uncomfortable and will be seen pawing the mouth. At times the drooling may be the first and the only sign of the problem. As discussed earlier the problems present at the other part of the cat other than the mouth can also result in drooling. Disorder of the stomach, disorder of the intestine, disorder of the esophagus etc can result in drooling.
A rare liver disorder called portosystemic shunt can also lead to drooling. Over flow of the saliva can also be due to advanced kidney disease.
Deadly dangerous disease called as rabies can also result in drooling. The cat exposed to caustic chemicals or toxins can also show drooling as a symptom. As far as drooling is concerned, exposure to the toxin is one important consideration. The cats are more likely to be exposed to toxins or harmful chemicals. These toxins are very much available in the house. There are so many cleaning products are available in the market and the house holds buy them to clean their house. This is being done with good intention of keeping the surrounding clean. But these poor house holds are not aware that these chemicals present in the cleaning agent can actually harm the lovely little cat. These chemicals are directly ingested by the cats by hook or crook. At times these chemicals may be rubbed by the cats accidentally.
The cats are very clean animals, many are not aware of this fact. Given a chance, the cat will indulge in grooming using their tongue. While grooming these chemicals may gain entry in to the mouth of the cat. The toxin or the chemical thus entered may damage the lining of the mouth which is very soft. The lining that is damaged may lead drooling. There are certain flea dips and insecticides that are very commonly used by the house holds. These chemicals are very toxic to these feline friends and drooling is caused by these chemicals. These chemicals will cause other symptoms such as muscle tremors, lethargy, weakness, vomiting etc. the moment you notice any of the symptoms mentioned here , it is sensible to take the cat immediately to the near by vet clinic and seek the help of the professionally trained vet doctor.
You should carry along with you the label of the chemical ingested by the cat. This will help the vet to diagnose the problem and to treat the cat without wasting much time by subjecting the cat to various tests. The treatment started earlier will bring about the relief much faster. Dental disease is as such a bigger problem in our feline friend. More that eighty percent of the adult cats suffer from one or the other dental diseases.
The dental diseases such as tooth decay, periodontal and other problems of the oral cavity will result in severe pain which in turn result in drooling, over flow of saliva. Most of the people will think that their cat is suffering from rabies the moment they notice the foam formation in the mouth of the cat. This is very much unlikely if the cat is vaccinated against rabies. The best thing is vet consultation.