A cat dribbling

@jugsjugs (13037)
January 30, 2010 1:18pm CST
A friend of mines cat has a problem and has been told that her cat may have to have its teeth or some of its teeth taken out as all it keeps doing is sticking its tongue out and dribbling all the time when it is awake as well as when it is asleep.Has anyone got any ideas as to help the cat or what the problem could be?
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@ElicBxn (58538)
• United States
30 Jan 10
Solo does that, he has stomatitus - but he's not as bad as Taj or Pong and they didn't do that - has this cat been to the vet? He really needs to go
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@jugsjugs (13037)
30 Jan 10
The cat went to the vets today and they are going to have a proper look in the cats mouth on Monday incase the cat has gum disease as the cat is old and when cats get old they can be prone to gum disease as the teeth decay and it may require teeth being removed as well as antibiotics.Even if the cats teeth are all removed it will still be able to eat as just like us humans their gums go hard.
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@ElicBxn (58538)
• United States
31 Jan 10
I have 2 toothless cats, Taj and Pong - http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2070354.aspx?p=0 http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1782998.aspx
@cyberfluf (5006)
• Netherlands
30 Jan 10
Hills oral care - Premium food by Hills that prevents oral problems for cats.
It removes plaque effectively.
Hi jugsjugs,Problems with teeth can be quite common with cats, especially when they get older. They have no good way or getting the dirt of their teeth and eventually their teeth can get rotten and if that's the case they most likely start dribbling. One of my cats had a rotten tooth aswell and we had it surgically removed. She felt so much better afterwards and now she is not dribbling anymore and she seems a lot happier again. A good way of preventing teeth trouble is by mixing in (or switching to) special catfood that is designed to keep your pets teeth healthy. Hills has premium catfood that has bigger chunks that slide along your pets teeth removing plaque that will eventually cause your pets teeth to rot. You can find information on their site. The food is quite expensive but it has been scientifically proven that it helps your pet oral care. The food is named: Hills oral care (for cats). If it's too expensive my vet said that if you mix at least 25% (preferbly 50% and best 100%) it would still be at least a little effective. Less is not really worth your trouble. Hope that helps!
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@jugsjugs (13037)
30 Jan 10
Thank you i will tell my friend when i see her she ended up taking the cat to the vets and the vet said to see if it is still eating and if not to take the cat again to the vets on Monday as it seems like it may have a problem with its teeth and they will have a look to see if any or all of them need to be removed.The cat is getting old and this is a common problem in cats as they get older as well as gum disease.
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@cyberfluf (5006)
• Netherlands
31 Jan 10
I agree that it is more common with older cats. The one cat that I was talking about is allready 11 years old, so she is becoming a senior aswell. Unfortunatly one of my younger kitties (she's just two years old) also had a tooth removed. She has the bad luck of being born with bad teeth so she needs extra attention in that area. That's why I get her the special hills food as much as possible and it seems to help . I wish her and her cat(s) the best of luck, allthough I think they won't need it because removing a tooth is a very simple procedure.
@zouna5 (566)
• Greece
30 Jan 10
i would suggest your friend to take the kitty to the vet and examine.he will advice you for the best!personally i have never heard such a cat problem,so i can not help ypu.i hope kitty gets well!
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@jugsjugs (13037)
30 Jan 10
The cat has now been to the vets and the vet will be taking another look at it on Monday as it may require most of the teeth to come out as it seems like it may now have gum disease as he cat is old this is one of the problems it could have so the vet needs to take a more detailed look inside of its mouth as other than that the vet could not see anything else in the mouththat could be wrong.
@GardenGerty (74004)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Jan 10
Same problem. Had cat to the vet once. He has been given antibiotics twice, for an ulcer on his tongue. He is going back to the vet and will be seen Tuesday.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
2 Feb 10
I thought that was just something cats did when they got older. I´ve had several who sort of forget to put their tongue back in and sit with it stuck out. I´d never thought of ´curing´ the problem. It doesn´t really bother me too much. Maybe if the cat was the size of a big dog it would be different, but a little bit of cat drool doesn´t seem with the vet´s bills or trauma to the animal to me, unless it´s causing the animal discomfort as well as a damp cushion.
@dorannmwin (36610)
• United States
2 Feb 10
Poor kitty. I'm assuming that she received this advice from her vet? If that is the case, then I think I would find another vet that is in the area and get a second opinion. The thought of any animal having to have some or all of it's teeth removed seems like an extreme measure to go to. Not related to cats at all, but we had a dentist recommend that we have all of my daughter's baby teeth removed. We took her to another dentist that had no such recommendation.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
1 Feb 10
I’ve heard that dribbling in cats may be due to teeth and gum problems so it’s good that your friend has taken her cat to the vet. Some gum problems can end up being fatal if not promptly treated. My sister’s cat dribbles a lot and I keep telling her to have her checked out but so far it’s fallen on deaf ears!
@kellyjeanne (1578)
• United States
1 Feb 10
Tell your friend to not be too quick to have her cat's teeth removed. There are other reasons that a cat may drool. My cat drools too. Other reasons a cat may drool is when she's purring and feeling affectionate. Ask your friend when her cat drools. Is she drooling while she's feeling affectionate and purring? If so, that may be the reason why. Of course, if some teeth are bad then get them pulled, but, don't just have teeth pulled that are good thinking that will stop the drooling. Also, have her get a second opinion. I really hope this helps some. Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
@saphrina (31744)
• South Africa
31 Jan 10
Sorry, my friend, but i think that only a vetenarian, will be able to be of some help there.
@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
31 Jan 10
That sounds very odd behavior for a cat. Maybe there is an infected tooth or a problem with the gums. I'd take the cat to the vet asap and have it checked out. We had a cat that had to have one of it's fangs removed since it was damaged and he did have a lopsided smile after that but didn't drool... Good luck finding out what is wrong and let us know how it turns out! Be well!!
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
sometimes it happened you can train your cat what ever tricks you wanted to train on it , cat's can dribbling the ball and also can shoot the ball.
@cerebellum (3872)
• United States
31 Jan 10
I had a cat that needed to have some teeth removed. It is common when they get older. He would drool and couldn't eat properly, but he didn't stick his tongue out. I guess the vet will tell her what he thinks is wrong. I wouldn't be suprised if there are a few bad teeth.
• Malaysia
31 Jan 10
i had my cat doing tht once, she was a baby when i adopted her, my dog adopted her as well , after some time the cat startrd to follow all that my dog did ..then when i sent my dog home, i adopted 2 more cats ... then my first cat started to learn to be a cat n the habit just disappear ..
@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
30 Jan 10
How old is your friends cat? Dribbling can be for any number of reasons: Some cats dribble when purring. Most dribbling cats do so when they are being petted. It's believed to stem from when they were kittens and goes along with the 'pawing' in the air where they stretch out their paws and claws and then pull them back in again. If your friends cat is older and has never done this before, or the dribble becomes smelly, it could be a sign that there is something wrong with it's teeth and should be checked out by a vet.
@gabs8513 (48822)
• United Kingdom
30 Jan 10
I am afraid I don't know what is causing that but I guess that the Vet will explain it to her you might even get answers on here from others that have dealt with this I really hope that the poor little thing will get sorted soon as it must be so uncomfortable
@celticeagle (73231)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Jan 10
I have never heard of this before. I have seen and had cats that did seem to dribble but they have been living for centuries and doing fine so I wouldn't think they would need to have their teeth removed or anything. That just sounds weird to me. A cat dentist!
@kaylachan (4780)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
30 Jan 10
For the cats sake and for the owner I hope its a simple infection. I once had a cat, do that, he ended up getting cancer of the mouth. So I'd take him to a vet. Also keep an eye on him. make sure he is still able to eat. I hope the cat gets well though, having to care for sick animals isn't easy.
@Hatley (115021)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Jan 10
jugsjugs when a person does that it is usually because of an infection in the salivary glands, maybe the cat has the same kind of infection. I know I had an infection in the salivary glands and it made my salivia overproduce so it was hard to keep swallowing it there was so much. Your mouth gets awfully sore too. The best thing is to get the cat to the vet as if it has an infection it needs antibiotics to cure the infection in the cat's mouth. anyway its best to find out from the vet what is wrong.
• United States
30 Jan 10
definetly sounds like a tooth or teeth need removed. she might want to check and see if one is hanging on in there loosely-could be impeding proper closure of the mouth and causing nighttime drooling. i would definetly take it to the vet as soon as possible as it could denote a number of problems and also severely interfere with eating.