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Why Does My Cat Dribble? — 6 Comments

  1. Nothing I can add, but Happy Day-After-Boxing-Day to all. 😉

    I was touched. One of our local news channels followed a large, long-haired, ginger/white domestic stray cat from his unfortunate run in with a cactus, through all the medical until they found him a new home. The world has sure changed. Animals have rights. It made me think of this webpage and all the work that is done here. Let’s hope that 2013 can he a banner year for animal rights!

    BTW: I love this type of article. Really great idea.

  2. Sealy always has a wet bottom lip. We don’t know whether its from the brain damage or because he’s toothless. The vet says not to worry as he’s healthy now.

    Liquid Benedryl will make a cat drool in long drips like with a very nasty URI.

  3. Hi Michael,

    That’s a really helpful and big list of causes. It’s nice to know.

    It looks like many of them require a visit to the vet.

    I might add that spices – especially hot spices – will make a cat drool.

    I’ve seen the anticipation reaction on a few occasions during the course of a pill giving regimen. A cat will start drooling when she knows she is about to get a pill.

    Right now I have a friendly lap cat who drools every time she gets some lap lovin’. I always take it as a compliment. Lap sessions make her so happy and relaxed. She visits my lap several times a day no matter where I am sitting down in the house.

    It makes a lot of sense that they would drool when they purr. I’m sure you’re right about the suckling for mother’s milk reflex bit. Digestion starts in the mouth and in addition to chewing, saliva release plays a big part. That would be a likely explanation for drooling while getting petted.

    =^..^= Hairless Cat Girl =^..^=

    • Thanks Liz for that extra cause:

      I might add that spices – especially hot spices – will make a cat drool.

      I think that rounds up the list. I hope a list is useful. Just a plain list as it allows people to understand there are many causes and some are serious. The only way forward is a vet visit really.

  4. I’ve heard that cats with many teeth removed dribble but I suppose removal of teeth comes as a result of one of the problems listed. It’s not uncommon. I’ve met drooling cats before but never knew that it could be due to a serious medical condition.

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