Dear Christopher Cat
Guy Noir, my big black cat, drools whenever he sits on my lap. Does drooling suggest an underlying medical problem?
It may, but it doesn’t always.
When I sit on Mom’s lap and she pets me, I drool. Her gentle strokes so relax me that I just can’t help it. In fact, as we talked through the response to this letter, she was petting me so soothingly that I drooled all over her lap.
We cats also drool when we’re nauseous. If you find drool or throw-up around your home, Guy may have a medical problem that causes nausea and vomiting.
Also, cats with dental disease, mouth pain or oral lesions (such as ulcers and masses) often drool.
To be sure Guy’s drooling doesn’t indicate a medical problem, have your veterinarian check him out. If nothing’s wrong, you should consider the drooling a compliment, just as I hope my mom does.