Why Do Cats Dribble

Written By: MUDASSIR

Cats may dribble when they smell enticing food they want but cannot access. The intense desire triggers extra saliva they are unable to swallow.   

Smelly Food

Stress, anxiety or fear—like from loud noises, strangers, or unfamiliar environments—can overstimulate saliva production cats


Nausea from motion sickness, digestive issues, early pregnancy or infections may trigger salivation and dribbling cats aren’t able to ingest quickly.


Struggling to swallow due to severe dehydration causes drool to drip out instead. Seek emergency veterinary treatment if cat stops drinking.  


Kitties pant to stay cool but moisture evaporating from mouths outpaces their ability to lick up saliva which then may dribble onto fur under chins.


Limping, painful paws or leg injuries might prevent a cat from being able to wipe away excess slobber droplets collecting on their face and chin fur coat.   

Paw Injuries

Inflamed gums or mouth injuries are very uncomfortable and boost saliva your cat struggles to lap up fast enough before it dribbles loose.  

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