can anybody who is knowledgeable tell me why my cat just sits around with his mouth open all the time, like he’s partway to yawning but doesn’t realize what he’s doing so gets stuck like this?
I’m not a vet, but I’d had cats since I was nine so I can make some educated guess. When cats do that, they’re:
A) Panting because they’re overheated (usually not something for you to be worried about if it’s brief)
B) Panting because they’re nervous (usually not something for you to be worried about if it’s brief)
C) “Flehming” because they’ve just smelled something very interesting (a female cat perhaps…?)
Flehming is a thing they do to smell a thing better because if they have more air coming in through both their mouth and nose, they will be smell/taste it and thus get a better sense of it.
Okay, as long as it’s not like a common sign of something wrong, that’s good! He does do it more often when he’s stressed, so it could be a nervousness thing! Thanks :)