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BY: The Daily Cat experts
Dog slobber is well-known among pet owners, but as you say, kitty drooling isn’t mentioned as much. Many cats, however, seem to drool as much as their doggy counterparts.
Arden Moore and Nancy Peterson, authors of The Cat Behavior Answer Book: Practical Insights & Proven Solutions for Your Feline Questions, share that some cats simply drool when they are relaxed and happy. My guess is that is what’s happening with your cat. The phenomenon is similar to purring in that the behavior seems to kick in just as bliss begins. The authors further point out that the drooling may also be a conditioned behavior, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It just means that your cat has become accustomed to doing certain things when it is enjoying your attention.
Moore and Peterson add that petting may stimulate certain parts of your cat that help produce saliva. These include the head, neck and chin areas. Normally, eating triggers saliva production, but your hand action could result in a similar outcome. Again, that’s nothing to worry about. Most cats enjoy having their cheeks and nearby areas massaged. You can try petting just its back to see if that eliminates some of the drooling.
Sometimes, excessive drooling in cats is tied to a medical problem, such as a dental infection. So long as your cat has a clean bill of health, you can assume that its drooling is associated with complete relaxation.