why does my cat drool on me

Q : I have an easy question: Why does my cat always drool when heБs really happy? A : Cats will produce copious quantities of saliva for all kinds of reasons. LetБs consider the drooling that happens in sick cats, first:
Б Nausea is a common cause of excessive salivation, which can happen when cats have ingested toxins or suffer from liver or kidney disease, for example. Б Oral pain causes drooling should they have bad teeth, electrical burns, ulcers on their gums or tongues, or injuries as a result of trauma, among other oral issues. Б Difficulty swallowing can also cause salivation in cats. Then thereБs the kind of drooling that happens when cats receive (or expect to receive) a foul-tasting or toxic food, poison or medication. Excessive salivation can ensue in these cases, too. Their brains are effectively warning their bellies that bad stuff is on its way ББ so bad, in fact, that imminent expulsion will likely be required. The final reason for unhappy drooling happens when cats are stressed. For example, some cats will drool only when they go to the groomer or after a stressful event like being chased by a dog.


Nausea often accompanies severe stress in humans, too. The difference is that cats tend to drool when theyБre nauseous while humans keep any excessive salivation well contained. These reasons for drooling make sense. But whatБs the deal with otherwise healthy cats who drool only when theyБre happy? A small but significant percentage of cats will drool when they receive positive and pleasurable stimulation. These cats will typically purr, roll over submissively and rub their saliva-smeared faces against their object of adoration (usually the invariably disgusted human pleasure provider). Most of these inexplicably drooly cats will be lifelong Бhappy droolers,Б thereby helping distinguish them from cats who salivate excessively only when theyБre sick or stressed. Though the biological rationale for this physiologic response to positive stimulus remains a mystery, the important thing to keep in mind is that itБs a wholly benign behavior.


The crucial key is to differentiate normal, Бhappy catБ drooling from any sign of disease that may be causing the salivation. To that end, the next time you see your veterinarian you should consider raising the issue. That way he or she can pay especially close attention to your kittyБs mouth. There are two main types of drooling in cats: cool drools and not-so-cool drools. You may be familiar with the following scene: you're gently petting your cat and telling her how wonderful she is. She is up a storm, rhythmically with her front paws, and. drooling. She's displaying multiple types of unabashed kitty contentment and affection. Though you may want a washcloth or napkin to protect yourself from the dribbling, consider yourself lucky. When cats are feeling totally secure, relaxed, and lovey, they may totally immerse themselves in the moment and "let go. " In this trance-like state, sometimes they'll drool. It's the drool of happiness. It isn't known with certainty why some cats drool when they are feeling relaxed and happy but there is one idea that seems to be pretty logical.


Kittens knead their mother's abdomen just prior to and sometimes while nursing. This stimulates milk let-down. It may be that the drooling is a leftover remembrance of nursing. The kitten, when kneading the mother, may have begun drooling in anticipation of a lovely milk meal. Feelings of calmness, relaxation, and happiness would have accompanied nursing. It may be that, as adults, some cats associate happy feelings with the long-ago experience of nursing and begin to knead and drool. Placing a towel or on your lap before you invite your cat to cuddle will protect you from happy drool and the stray claw that may make its way through your clothes during kneading. If your cat's drooling is not associated with an otherwise-relaxed state, is excessive, or goes on for an extended period of time, call your veterinarian. In these instances, it may be that the drooling signals one of these serious conditions:. You May Also Like The Following Articles:

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