When Cat Drooling is Normal and When it is Not

If you’re here, chances are you’ve noticed your feline friend drooling a bit more than usual. Maybe it’s cute, or maybe it has you worried—either way, we’ve got the scoop on cat drool. We’ll talk about when it’s no big deal and when it could signal that a vet visit is in order.

Before we dive in, remember: when in doubt, it’s always best to consult your vet. Got concerns? Book an appointment at any of our Heart + Paw locations for peace of mind and expert care.


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Understanding Cat Drool: The Basics

Simply put, drool is saliva that has escaped from the mouth. While dogs may be the poster animals for drooling, cats do it too. But unlike dogs, when cats drool, it can sometimes be a cause for concern. If you’ve just shared some cuddle time or your kitty is kneading away on a soft blanket, some drool is perfectly normal. Think of it as a little ‘thank you’ for all the love and affection you’re giving them.

When Cat Drooling is Totally Normal

During Sleep

Many cats drool in their sleep. If you find a wet spot on their pillow or if their chin looks a little moist when they wake up, that’s usually A-OK.

While Kneading

Kneading is that adorable thing cats do when they press their front paws in and out against a soft surface. Some cats drool while they knead, almost like they’re in a little kitty trance.

Affection and Contentment

Ever notice your cat drooling while they purr away in your lap? That’s a sign of pure happiness and trust. Their drool is just a little gift that says, “I feel safe and happy with you.”

When Cat Drooling is a Cause for Concern

Unexplained or Sudden Onset

If your cat starts drooling out of the blue, that’s a red flag. This could be due to something as simple as a bad tooth or as serious as an underlying health issue.

Drooling Paired with Other Symptoms

Is your cat drooling and also acting weird? Maybe they’re hiding more than usual, not eating, or suddenly skittish. Any change in behavior, paired with drooling, should be taken seriously.

The Drool Factor—Quantity Matters

A little drool is usually no biggie. But a puddle of drool? That’s something to worry about. Excessive drooling can be a sign of many things, from oral issues to gastrointestinal problems.

Next Steps for Concerned Cat Parents

  • Consult Your Vet: When you’re in doubt, the best course of action is always to consult your vet. They can provide a full check-up and pinpoint any potential issues that might be causing the drool-fest.
  • Routine Dental Check-Ups: Regular dental check-ups can help prevent many of the issues that cause abnormal drooling. Make sure to schedule yearly dental visits for your feline friend.
  • Keep a Drool Diary: If you’re worried about your cat’s drooling, keep a log. Note down when it happens, what your cat was doing, and any other symptoms. This can be a valuable tool for your vet.

Remember, we’re always here for you and your furry friend at Heart + Paw. Concerned about your cat’s drool? Book an appointment at any of our locations for expert advice and peace of mind. 

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