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Published: Mar 02, 2012

Most people are not surprised when they see their dog drooling. After all, dogs and drool are an age-old association. However, it might concern cat owners when a feline lets saliva slip.

Healthy cats may drool in response to positive stimulation, according to Healthy drooling may occur when you are petting your cat - she may also be purring, rubbing up against you or other objects or rolling over submissively.  Cats may also drool when they ingest foul-tasting food, poison or medication. If your cat seems to be drooling frequently or without other expressions of happy behavior like purring, you might want to investigate the cause a bit further.

There are times when drooling could be a sign of cat illness, the news outlet reports. Nausea, difficulty swallowing or oral pain from dental disease or oral cancer can also cause a cat to drool. VCA Animal Hospitals reports that other clinical signs of dental problems in cats include tartar accumulation on the teeth or pain and discomfort in and around the mouth. If you suspect your cat is drooling because of nausea or a type of oral disease, you should bring it to the veterinarian for a complete check-up.