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How does motion sickness cause cats to drool and how can I fix this?

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Open-mouth panting and breathing, signs of anxiety, can cause your cat to drool. To make her more comfortable, you can try putting her in her carrier in the back seat without driving anywhere. Then, slowly work up to backing out of the driveway and driving around the block. Gradually repeat the routine as needed to ease carsickness.

You can also drape a breathable cloth over the carrier before heading out, so she doesn’t panic.

From: Why Does My Cat Drool? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty: “Aging,” “Cats Who Suckle and Lick People,” “Heat Wave Alert: Prevent Heat Stroke in Pets,” “Hot Weather Tips,” “Ten Steps to Dental Health,”  “Upper Respiratory Infections,” “17 Poisonous Plants.”

Bernadine Cruz, MD, companion animal veterinarian, Laguna Hills, CA.

Mary Burch, PhD, animal behaviorist, spokeswoman, American Kennel Club.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: “Travel by Car with Your Animal Companion.”

The Anti-Cruelty Society: “Acclimating Your Cat to Car Travel.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on July 15, 2017

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SOURCES:

American Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty: “Aging,” “Cats Who Suckle and Lick People,” “Heat Wave Alert: Prevent Heat Stroke in Pets,” “Hot Weather Tips,” “Ten Steps to Dental Health,”  “Upper Respiratory Infections,” “17 Poisonous Plants.”

Bernadine Cruz, MD, companion animal veterinarian, Laguna Hills, CA.

Mary Burch, PhD, animal behaviorist, spokeswoman, American Kennel Club.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: “Travel by Car with Your Animal Companion.”

The Anti-Cruelty Society: “Acclimating Your Cat to Car Travel.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on July 15, 2017

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