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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I just adopted a spayed 3.5 yr old DLH catfrom the rescue group that I foster for and she has been diagnosed with hypersalivation.

She only will drool if you give her affection so she is not drooling because she is afraid, etc. She has already been checked out medically wise.

My question is how do we handle her drooling when we are holding her?

We have been just using a towel, but I wanted to see if anyone else had other suggestions?

Thanks for the help!
post #2 of 10
I had a cat once that did that... his name was Max after Maxwell Cheffield from The Nanny.... It was almost kind of neat. We'd pat him and love him and he would just go completely limp in our arms. He drooled, but it wasn't that bad. We just wiped it up if it even got past the hair on his chin. Alot of times it was just like on the edges of his mouth, didn't really get on us? He's the only cat I've had experiance with doing that and it was a very long time ago, they probably have more options available now?
post #3 of 10
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I had never heard of this before, but I guess it is supposed to be fairly common?

She drools big time when I have her on my shoulder so I try to keep a towel like a drool rag for her on my shoulder--just like a baby! She is just very relaxed and apparently they just forget to swallow their saliva so I've read.

Does this ever go away at some point or does this happen forever?

It's definitely something that we had to think about before we officially adopted her, but we can live with it
post #4 of 10
When you say she has had a thorough check-up did they check her mouth over really well? I know that drooling can be caused by gingivitis, abscessed tooth, ulcers in the mouth...just to name a few. I would take her back to the vet if you are not sure they checked these things out. Beyond that I do not know what to say. Hoping she gets better. Bless you for adopting her.
post #5 of 10
Yeah... yours is the only other one I've heard of that had it. I always just chalked it up to him being not so much affectionate towards us, but really liked it when we showed him affection... does that make sense? Cause like you said, that's the only time they do it. I loved the idea of being able to make him so happy that he would just lay there and drool. He disappeared when he was about 3, so I can't attest to them doing it forever... but can say he did it as long as I had him. Still when I think about Max he was one of my favorites.
post #6 of 10
My Maggie drips like a faucet when she's purring and kneading on my lap. I'm like you, I just keep a towel nearby to wipe up the mess. It's really kind of nasty when she's dripping and then shakes her head....drool goes flying all over the place (usually the computer monitor or my glasses!) Lola also drips when she purrs, but not enough that I need a towel...maybe one or two drips. Maggie will saturate my lap if I'm not careful!
post #7 of 10
Max is a serious drooler. We just keep tissues handy. He sleeps with my husband on his side of the bed and we have a small dish towel for under Max's chin at night.

Most of the time Max can control his drooling unless he's purring.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the advice!

She is a wonderful cat and I feel blessed that we have her - drool and all!
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Pookie-poo View Post
My Maggie drips like a faucet when she's purring and kneading on my lap. I'm like you, I just keep a towel nearby to wipe up the mess. It's really kind of nasty when she's dripping and then shakes her head....drool goes flying all over the place (usually the computer monitor or my glasses!) Lola also drips when she purrs, but not enough that I need a towel...maybe one or two drips. Maggie will saturate my lap if I'm not careful!
my Deedle does this, it's like Niagara Falls and the shaking the head thing is really gross, but I know Deedle is very very happy when he does this so that's a-ok with me!!!
post #10 of 10
Pita drools like that. In fact, when she sees you and knows she's gonna get some loving, you can see it dripping from her mouth.


I just wrap her in a towel that she can drool all over and she seems to enjoy being wrapped up too
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