Why is My Ragdoll Cat Drooling?

Why is My Ragdoll Cat Drooling?

By Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

August 9, 2022

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When a cat begins to drool excessively, it is important to determine the underlying cause as soon as possible. In some cases, the cause may be relatively minor and can be treated easily. However, in other cases, the cause may be more serious and require veterinary care.

Here are some things that can cause drooling in Ragdoll cats:

 

Obstruction in the Mouth or Throat

A cat drooling can be caused by many things, one of which is an obstruction in the mouth or throat. If your cat is drooling excessively, take it to the veterinarian to determine the cause. An obstruction could be a result of something as simple as a piece of grass, or as serious as a tumor.

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In most cases, the obstruction will cause only minor symptoms such as drooling and pawing at the mouth. However, if left untreated, it can lead to more serious problems such as dehydration and malnutrition.

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the obstruction and stop the drooling. If you think your cat may have an obstruction in its mouth, take it to the veterinarian immediately.

 

Dental Problems

Most Ragdoll cats drool excessively due to dental problems. The teeth of a Ragdoll are particularly prone to tartar build-up and gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Left untreated, these conditions can lead to serious health problems, including infection and inflammation of the mouth, throat, and airways. In severe cases, tooth loss or even death may occur. In some cases, cats may also drool as a result of oral tumors. If your Ragdoll cat is drooling excessively, it is important to take him or her to the veterinarian for a check-up.

 

Mouth Ulcers

When a cat starts drooling excessively, the first thing that comes to mind is usually a dental problem. And while it’s true that common mouth problems like gingivitis and cavities can cause drooling, there are other reasons why cats may salivate more than usual. One of these is mouth ulcers.

Mouth ulcers are sores that develop on the inside of a cat’s mouth. They can be caused by a number of things, including infection, stress, or poor nutrition. When cats have mouth ulcers, they often drool more than usual because the sores can be quite painful.

If you think your cat may have mouth ulcers, take him to the vet for a diagnosis. Mouth ulcers can generally be treated with antibiotics or pain medication, depending on the underlying cause.

 

Poisoning

One common cause of drooling in cats is poisoning. There are many things that can poison a cat, including plants, chemicals, and medications. If you think your cat may have been poisoned, it is important to seek veterinary help right away. Signs of poisoning in cats can include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and coma.

 

Infection

A cat’s drooling can be a sign of many things, including an infection. The infection may be caused by bacteria, a virus, or a parasite. If left untreated, the infection can spread and damage other parts of the body. Symptoms of a drooling mouth in cats include excessive saliva production, bad breath, and swollen lymph nodes. Treatment for a drooling mouth usually involves antibiotics or antiviral drugs.

 

Megaesophagus

Drooling is a common problem in cats, and can be caused by a variety of factors. In Ragdoll cats, drooling may be caused by a condition known as megaesophagus. This condition occurs when the esophagus becomes enlarged and unable to propel food down to the stomach. As a result, the food sits in the esophagus and ferments, leading to drooling. Treatment for drooling in Ragdoll cats usually involves dietary modifications and medications to help improve the motility of the esophagus.

 

Gastrointestinal Disease

Cats drooling is a common sign of gastrointestinal disease. The most common causes of drooling in cats are nausea and vomiting, which may be due to diseases such as feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), feline leukemia virus (FeLV), or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is another possible cause of drooling in cats. Other diseases that can cause drooling in cats include liver disease, pancreatitis, and tumors.

 

Neurological Problems

When a cat starts drooling, it can be a sign that something is wrong with its neurological system. There are many different causes of neurological problems in cats, some of which are relatively minor and can be treated easily, while others are more serious and may require intensive medical care. One of the most common neurological problems in cats is feline vestibular disease, which is caused by a malfunction in the inner ear that results in balance problems and excessive drooling. Other common neurological problems include seizures, brain tumors, and exposure to toxins. If your cat has been drooling excessively for no apparent reason, it’s important to take it to the vet for a check-up to determine if there is any underlying neurological problem.

 

Happiness

A cat’s drooling can be a sign of happiness. The saliva production increases when a cat feels comfortable and safe. In many cases, a cat will drool when it is being petted or scratched behind the ears.

 

In conclusion, dogs and cats both commonly drool, but sometimes it can be a sign that something is wrong. If your Ragdoll Cat is drooling excessively, there are a few things you should do: first, try to determine the cause of the drooling. Is your cat trying to eat something he or she shouldn’t? Has your Ragdoll been vomiting or having diarrhea? Are his or her gums pale or dry? If you can’t determine the cause, then it’s time to see the veterinarian. Excessive drooling can be a sign of many different health problems in pets, including dental problems, ear infections, liver disease, and even cancer. So if your Ragdoll is drooling more than usual, don’t take any chances – take him or her to the vet for a check-up to rule out any underlying medical problems.

 

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Written by Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

I'm Jennie, the creator of Ragdoll Cats World. I have been owned and loved by Ragdoll Cats for almost twenty years after getting my first Ragdoll kittens, Huey and Choo-Choo back in 2003. They lived to the grand old age of 18 and 17 and they even made the move from London to Australia with me! We now have two Ragdoll cats, Violet and Ocean, and a Maine Coon cat named Eddie, and we love sharing our knowledge of all things related to Ragdoll Cats with you at Ragdoll Cats World!
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