Q. My 12 y/o neutered male indoor cat is severly overweight. Over the past week or so, he is drooling blood tinged drool, leaving stains and hiding away
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. The blood-tinged drool could be a sign that he has a broken or abscessed tooth, both of which are very painful conditions that need to be addressed with a dental procedure. Cats can also get tumors in their mouths that bleed intermittently. He needs to be seen by a vet who can do a good oral exam and figure out the source of the bleeding in the mouth. Also, if he's hiding, he likely doesn't feel well, since this is a common behavior in cats that are ailing. Get him in to see a vet ASAP.