That old saying of “cats rule, dogs drool!” isn’t entirely correct. Just like dogs, cats can drool too but it’s not for the same reasons. If your cat is drooling, you will have to consider the age, sex, and if stimulation plays a role.
Kittens Who Drool
When it comes to kittens, it’s very common for them to pick up the behavior from being taken from their mother too soon. This is the case when kittens lose their mother at a young age and have to be bottle-fed. The drooling can be very minimal to quite severe. It is usually accompanied by purring. When a kitten or cat drools, little drops form below the nose and drip out onto the chin. This happens from them relaxing their jaw which allows saliva to easily escape from their mouth without them being none the wiser. Some lose this as they grow into adults, but some never do.
Adult Cats Who Drool
When it comes to adult cats drooling, it is simply due to being overjoyed. This is very common in cats who have been starved for attention. Many stray cats who once had homes and ended up on the streets start this behavior when adopted into a new home. They are happy and relieved to finally have the attention they have been longing for. Just as the kittens relax their jaws, adult cats do this as well. It is always accompanied by purring and sometimes kneading as well.
Drooling Triggered by Stimulation
Other things that can trigger a cat to drool is catnip, recently being put under for surgery, or the scent of another cat while in heat. Catnip can cause a cat to become so mellow and relaxed they lose tension in their jaws and mouths. It’s very common for cats to drool after coming out of sedation as the nerves are extremely relaxed. As for being in heat, it’s due to hormones and is more commonly seen in females than males. The scent of a male’s spray can cause a young female in heat to become excited so much so that she drools.
Drooling can be a sign of an infection
If your cat is drooling and it is not done with kneading or purring, it’s important to take them to a vet to be checked out ASAP. The drooling can be due to a tooth, gum, or mouth infection.