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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

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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.

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