Although you may consider drooling to be an exclusively canine behavior, it most certainly is not. If you notice that your cat is drooling and purring at the same time, there’s a good chance that you have a very, very content little fluffball on your hands — aww.
The ASPCA indicates that when a feline drools during petting, she may be recalling comforting “feeding time” from when she was a wee kitten with mommy cat. In some cases, drooling can be a sign of a medical problem in cats, including toxicity to certain plants, feline herpes, halitosis and various upper respiratory infections.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pets diet, medication, or physical activity routines.
Why does my cat drool when being affectionate?
A small but significant percentage of cats will drool when they receive positive and pleasurable stimulation. These cats will typically purr, roll over submissively and rub their saliva-smeared faces against their object of adoration (usually the invariably disgusted human pleasure provider).
How do I know my cat loves me?
Your cat headbutts you out of love. ….Its tail is always twitching at the tip or curled around your leg. ….It shows you its tummy. ….Purring means your cat is happy in your presence. ….Your cat brings you “gifts.” ….Your cat nibbles you a lot. ….It gurgles all the time.
What does it mean when a cat is purring at you?
Purring (and many other low-frequency vocalizations in mammals) often are associated with positive social situations: nursing, grooming, relaxing, being friendly. More likely, though, purring is simply soothing, or self-soothing, as cats may also purr in stressful situations.
Why do cats slobber on blankets?
If your pet cat drools when purring and or kneading it is a sign that she is feeling happy and confident. … Blankets, pet sitters, owners, and soft pillows are often the receivers of drool soaked love. There are times when a cat may drool that does not indicate happiness.
When we think of drooling, we usually think of dogs. It is common to see canines panting with big dribbles of saliva working their way down their chins. However, our feline friends are also known to drool from time to time.
Therefore, the only way to know the true reason your cat is purring is to pay close attention to the rest of their body language. Like purring, cats learned this behavior in kittenhood; they knead their mothers breasts to stimulate the release of milk.
Facial Expressions: Relaxed cats will blink their eyes slowly, soften their gaze, and wont be showing many emotions. Their ears will also be in a neutral position, not held as upright as possible but also not squashed flat against their head. The second reason why your cat is drooling and purring is the polar opposite of happiness and contentment; it could be that they are feeling stressed.
Stressors trigger reactions and pathways in their brains which in turn cause an increase in saliva production . This is because the hormones released when they feel stress affect their GI tract, causing suppression of appetite. Your Cat Feels Nauseaous: The bodys natural physiological response to nausea is to produce yet more saliva.
When swallowed, this saliva helps to dilute their vomit so they can throw up what is making them sick more easily. Therefore, if your cat is suffering from any kind of medical condition that causes oral pain or nauseousness, drooling can be a symptom. Purring causes the release of endorphins in the body which act as natural analgesics, reducing how pain is perceived.
Likewise, changes in appetite and behavior, an increase in lethargy, and noticeable weight loss or gain are all common general symptoms of sickness you can watch out for. The above sections should help you find the answer youre looking for; its either that your cat is happy and content, feeling stressed, or in pain. Youll need to use the other body language signs, behavioral indications, and clinical symptoms of disease to work out which one applies.
If you decide your cat drools when happy and purrs from contentment, the only thing you need to do is pat yourself on the back. Youre giving your cat a great life where they feel completely relaxed and at ease in your company congratulations! Provide Hiding Places: Cats need somewhere to retreat to when they feel threatened and scared, and not having a safe space and make their stress levels skyrocket.
Visit the Vet: Of course, you should always seek help from a medical professional as well, especially if you notice any other alarming symptoms or behavior changes in your feline. To tell the difference, youll need to find clues in their body language and behaviors.
Purring and Drooling Together
Purring sounds can be pretty darn cute, especially because they usually mean your cat is feeling good at the moment. If your cat is purring as you pet her, she probably is enjoying the touch and attention. The ASPCA indicates that when a feline drools during petting, she may be recalling comforting “feeding time” from when she was a wee kitten with mommy cat. If your cat is both drooling and purring — even better — then she feels soothed and relaxed in your presence — how positively adorable. The relaxation just might be so intense that all thoughts of swallowing go out the door — hello messy drool.
Other “Happy” Signs
A giddy cat might not only drool and purr simultaneously, she might also put on a full show of “feeling good” actions — think rolling over on her back and showing you her belly and then perhaps headbutting your knees.
Drooling Medical Conditions
Do not always assume that drooling is necessarily a happy action, even if accompanied by purring. In some cases, drooling can be a sign of a medical problem in cats, including toxicity to certain plants, feline herpes, halitosis and various upper respiratory infections. If your cat’s drooling seems excessive, take her to the veterinarian just to make sure everything is fine and that her drooling isn’t health-related.