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Dear Christopher Cat

My cat recently started drooling, and her breath has a foul odor. What should I do about this?

Christopher Responds

I drool when Mom pets me just right. I’m so relaxed, I can’t help it.

But I don’t think that’s the kind of drooling you’re seeing.

Constant drooling, especially when accompanied by foul breath, suggests there’s something wrong in your cat’s mouth.

It may be gum disease or an abscessed tooth. The risk of dental disease increases with age and eating canned food.

Another possibility is that your cat has ulcers in her mouth. Oral ulcers often accompany kidney disease, which is usually characterized by excessive drinking.

Finally, drooling can be a sign of nausea, which may result from disorders of the stomach, intestines, liver or kidneys.

Please make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Whether your cat’s mouth hurts because of dental disease or ulcers, or she’s just plain nauseous, she needs to have the problem addressed quickly.

 

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