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What is Excessive Production of Saliva?

The causes of drooling are many, so when you notice a sudden change such as excess drooling, getting a proper diagnosis is essential. It’s best to take your pet to the veterinarian so he or she can conduct a proper investigation to discover the cause and give you an accurate diagnosis and timely treatment.

The salivary glands constantly produce and secrete saliva, but when there is an excessive amount, especially when your cat suddenly starts drooling, it may be a sign of a serious problem. Excessive saliva can indicate an infection, injury, inflammatory disorder or tumor in the mouth of the cat.

Symptoms of Excessive Production of Saliva in Cats

Excess drooling is an important symptom by itself and is often not accompanied by other symptoms. In some cases, it can go together with behavioral or physical changes, such as: 

  • Excitement
  • Fear
  • Low or no appetite
  • Depression
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Bad breath,
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Approaching but then avoiding food

Causes of Excessive Production of Saliva in Cats

Most reasons for excessive saliva secretion are non-threatening and short lived. However, there are many reasons for your cat’s excessive drooling, and even though many are simple, non-serious causes, some reasons could indicate a serious disease. For your peace of mind, err on the side of caution and take your pet to see your veterinarian. The causes of excess drooling in cats can include:

  • Exposure to toxic pesticides and insecticides or poisonous plants
  • Reaction to medications
  • A piece of a stick or bone stuck in the mouth
  • Rabies, heat stroke or oral cancer
  • Inadequate oral health and gum disease
  • Pain and swelling in the mouth
  • Wounds caused by self-trauma 

Diseases of the mouth that are not very common, but can cause drooling, include:

  • Salivary Fistula: Caused by trauma to the sublingual salivary glands as a result of a serious injury such as a bite.
  • Feline Stomatitis: A severe painful inflammation of the gum and upper throat. Caused by oral infections and some viruses and most often seen in adult cats.
  • Tumors in the Salivary Gland: Tumors are rare in young cats but can develop in cats over 10 years old.
  • Sialadenitis: Inflammation of the saliva glands caused by systemic infection. In such cases, symptoms also include swollen glands, fever, depression and pain.

Diagnosis of Excessive Production of Saliva in Cats

Excessive production of saliva can be a symptom of a larger, more serious health issue, so your veterinarian will want to analyze every detail of your pet’s physical condition as well as understand behavioral changes. Your veterinarian will want to know the complete history of your cat’s health, including:

  • Vaccination status
  • Current medications
  • Possible exposure to poisons

Your veterinarian will ask you to remember all the details you can of how and when the drooling started and any other unusual symptoms or signs you thought were surprising for your pet.

The doctor will then conduct a thorough oral exam and continue with a full physical and neurological examination of your cat. The doctor may recommend an ultrasound or x-ray to eliminate the possibility of liver and kidney disease and any issue with other organs. 

Examining the blood lets the veterinarian have a clear idea of the cat’s overall health and allow him or her to quickly pick up signs of dehydration and infection. Medical tests the veterinarian may conduct include:

  • A complete blood count (CBC)
  • A biochemical profile
  • Urine analysis

If the veterinarian suspects the cause is related to the immune system, he or she will also conduct a biopsy of cells and tissues. 

Treatment of Excessive Production of Saliva in Cats

Treatment for excessive drooling depends on the cause. Some common causes and their treatments include:

  • Poisoning: Pumping the stomach, administering activated charcoal and sometimes induced vomiting
  • Poor oral hygiene: Dental cleaning, pulling out a tooth and antibiotics in cases of infection
  • Tumor: In cases of a tumor, surgical removal of the tumor is necessary
  • Respiratory infections: Antibiotics
  • Heat stroke: reducing body temperature, administering electrolytes and providing supportive care

Recovery of Excessive Production of Saliva in Cats

Depending on the cause and the subsequent treatment, the recovery and management process will differ. If the cause is a serious disease, you’ll have to have regular checkups as your doctor will want to continue to monitor blood, urine, internal organs and any details specific to the cause. 

You’ll need to discuss feeding, environment, or activity changes required after treatment with your veterinarian. Each cat’s needs will vary, and to ensure your pet is on the right track for a complete recovery, you should follow the recovery plan your doctor provides. It’s important to stay in regular communication with your veterinarian so you can inform him or her of any new developments as quickly as possible.

Excessive Production of Saliva Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

6 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

breath odor

Hi I have a cat and she has been drooling out of her mouth and it's all over her face. The tip of her tongue is Red, but she's eating and drinking. The reason I'm contacting you is because I don't know if I should take her to the vet or if it will just go away on it's own. What do you think is wrong with her? She seems fine except for her saliva around her lips I'm worried about her and is this life threatening?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Becuase she seems nauseous, and her tongue is red and may have had some trauma, she shoudl be examined by her veterinarian to make sure that she is okay, and is on pain control to keep eating and drinking. I hope that she does well.

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6 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

saliva around lips
Mouth Odor

hi my cat has saliva all around her mouth and it wont stop it just started yesterday she has an odd mouth odor and the tip of her tongue is red and I'm kind of worried about her what should I do? And is this life threatening?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
480 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining Lacey, I can't comment on what might be wrong, but if she is salivating that heavily and her tongue is red, she may have had a trauma of some typr to her mouth, and shoudl be seen as soon as possible so that she is comfortable eating and drinking, and not painful or nauseous. I hope that she is okay!

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1 Year
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

Hello, my cat Luna suddenly became tired and she doesn't move at all she didn't eat for a whole day not even wanna drink water or milk she lost appetite and has saliva around her mouth she didn't throw up but she has diarrhea what should I do ? And what could be the reason behind this sudden sickness like she was doing perfect in the morning playing and running but at night she totally changed, Thank you!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
480 Recommendations
Luna, thank you for contacting us about Luna. I'm concerned for your cat, and she should see a veterinarian as soon as possible. Possible causes for her signs include infectious diseases like Feline Leukemia, intestinal blockage, parasites, or intestinal infection. Saliva around her mouth shows that she is nauseous. She needs to see her veterinarian to have an exam and make sure that she is okay and find out which treatments are going to make her feel better.

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Tabby/ Tigar
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

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Excessive drool

My cat started to have excessive saliva and became irritable. He would flinch when being pet or picked up. He usually stays in one area and did not seem to want to walk on back legs. this lasted for about 30 mins. any Ideas of what could cause this? He has done this once in the past when we moved into our new home but passed it off as him being stressed. This time there was no reason for him to be stressed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1980 Recommendations
There are numerous reasons for a cat to drool excessively which include dental disorders, pharyngeal disorders, oral trauma, foreign objects, poisoning, chemical irritation among other causes; the back leg weakness I cannot relate to the drooling unless something toxic was ingested. I would keep an eye on Jayjay and rinse his mouth out and check inside for anything abnormal; if this continues you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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