Seeing your furr-baby foam at mouth can be absolutely terrifying. The first thought that comes to our mind is rabies, which can cause further concern if the cat is vaccinated.
There are several reasons why your cat is foaming at the mouth which can range from a normal body function with a minimal cause to some serious life threatening diseases.
Cats do not generally drool often and foaming at their mouth can indicate something is wrong.
Here are some reasons your cat is foaming at the mouth:
- Fear & Anxiety:
Cats when anxious hyper-salivate, and when foaming at mouth is accompanied with erratic behaviours, such as hiding, excessive grooming, destruction or visible trembling your cat may be facing fear & anxiety. This can also be seen in cats with abusive background, lost or abandoned. Provide a safe and loving environment to your pooch, that helps reduce stress and anxiety.
Something as simple as being nauseous can cause foaming in your cat’s mouth. In such cases, they will have a low appetite, experience fatigue and have foaming in their mouth.
- Dental Problems:
If your cat has gingivitis, or breaks a tooth, they can experience pain, foul smelling breath, decrease in appetite, but this also follows with foaming at the mouth as their dental condition progresses. Vet’s suggest pet parents to brush their pet’s teeth which helps prevent dental issues, if this isn’t possible, it is necessary to have regular health check-ups for your pet.
- Cat has been poisoned:
This aside from possibility of rabies, is the scariest explanation about your cat foaming at the mouth. If you suspect poisoning, you should take your pet to the veterinarian immediately. There could be several ways that your cat unintentionally ingested poisons, it can be from eating a poisonous frog to eating something from your household. Thankfully, prompt veterinary care can be effective at helping your cat make a full recovery from poisoning.
- Cat is experiencing a seizure:
Cat seizures are similar to human seizures and hence you can easily tell when your cat is experiencing one. Your cat will fall on the floor, temporarily lose consciousness, tremble and shake, and will start to foam out of their mouth. In case your cat is experiencing a seizure, you may need to take them to a veterinarian
- Viral Infections:
Though it is extremely rare for a vaccinated cat to develop rabies, it is still possible. Other viral infections can also cause excessive drooling and foaming at the mouth.
Prevention of foaming at the mouth:
As your cat grows old, basic health and dental issues may occur. Ensure your pet has a loving environment they feel loved and comfortable in. In terms of their dental health issues, you can prevent it by brushing your cat’s teeth regularly, if this is something you cannot do, it is always advised to get a professionals help in such cases.
If you see your cat foaming at the mouth, it isn’t necessarily rabies, but you should also seek prompt veterinary care.
With several medications available and with proper care, your feline friend will start feeling better soon.