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my cat has a foul smelling thick drool coming out of his mouth

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my cat has a foul smelling thick drool coming out of his mouth and his teeth appear to be chattering. What can I do he is eating but I have to help him. It seems like he is having trouble and he is not himself he is laying around constantly and sleeping
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 6 years ago.
Hypersalivation in cats is concerning.
The odor also suggests possible gingivitis, stomatitis, or some other oral infection.

My other general list for drooling causes includes:
- A broken/fractured tooth
- Something stuck in the mouth/cheek/roof of the mouth
- Periodontal disease
- Nausea (illness possibly from a dietary indiscretion)
- Toxin exposure
- Recent seizure
- Nausea due to organ problems (kidney disease)
- A hypersensitivity reaction (i.e. bee sting)

Also, I get very worried about hypersalivation and odor due to viral infections like calicivirus causing ulcers inside the mouth.

Any way I interpret the situation, Sterling needs to be examined by a vet as soon as possible. Definitely, cannot treat at home.

Good Luck
Dr. Andy


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