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What are Mouth Inflammation and Ulcers?

Mouth inflammation and ulcers in cats is termed feline stomatitis, characterized by gradually worsened inflammation of the oral mucosal tissues. Feline stomatitis etiology is assumed to be an immune-mediated disease caused by dental disease and viral infections, such as feline herpesvirus and feline calicivirus. Mouth inflammation and ulcers only affect about 3 percent of the feline population with purebred cats being the majority of those affected. Feline stomatitis, although rare, is a very serious and painful disease for cats that can eventual becoming life-threatening if it is left untreated. 

Mouth inflammation and ulcers in cats create an extremely painful condition. A cat with this condition may have a difficult time eating or drinking, may have bad breath, drool, and paw at her face. Mouth inflammation often causes a cat’s mouth to develop ulcers on the back throat, gums, tongue or lips, which may even prevent the cat from opening her mouth. Mouth inflammation and ulcers are not linked to a single underlying cause, but dental disease is believed to be the main culprit. Mouth inflammation and ulcers in its early stages resembles dental disease, plus it can be highly contagious, making an appointment with the veterinarian essential. 

Symptoms of Mouth Inflammation and Ulcers in Cats

Mouth inflammation and ulcers in cats is one of the very few conditions that will cause a feline to show obvious signs of pain. It is in a cat’s nature to not freely express pain, but feline stomatitis is so painful cats often cry out in pain with a simply yawn. Cat owners also report a type of behavior veterinarians call, “approach-avoidance.” This behavioral term is used to describe a cat who hungrily approaches her food, only to hiss at her bowl and run away. Approach-avoidance behavior is a symptom that develops over time as the feline anticipates the consumption of food to be painful.Behavioral changes may be the first signs of feline stomatitis a cat owner notices, as inflammation and ulcers in the mouth are not easily seen. The following additional symptoms may also be noted in a cat with mouth inflammation and ulcers: 

  • Severe pain
  • Vocalization or crying out upon the opening of the mouth
  • Dropping food while eating
  • Refusal to eat or drink
  • Facial pawing
  • Weight loss
  • Halitosis (bad breath) 
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Ptyalism (hypersalivation, drooling)
  • Poor hair coat
  • Red, swollen gums and/or mouth
  • Ulcers or lesions 

Causes of Mouth Inflammation and Ulcers in Cats

The exact cause of mouth inflammation and ulcers in cats is unclear, but what is clear is that the condition appears to be immune-mediated. In other words, feline stomatitis is believed to be an overreaction of the immune system, causing the feline’s own immune system to attack bacteria in the mouth as well as its oral tissues. The immune system is triggered by plaque in the mouth, making feline dental disease the prime suspected cause. Mouth inflammation and ulcers in cats can be caused by dental disease, but also infection and viruses, including: 

  • Periodontal disease
  • Bartonellosis
  • Feline calicivirus (FCV)
  • Feline herpesvirus-1 (FHV-1)
  • Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
  • Feline leukemia virus (FeLV)

Diagnosis of Mouth Inflammation and Ulcers in Cats

Diagnosis of mouth inflammation and ulcers in cats begins with an examination of your cat’s medical history, including dental records and procedures to rule out standard conditions of the teeth. A physical examination of the mouth will be completed in order to evaluate the level of ulceration. Sedation may be needed during a physical examination to allow the veterinarian to open the feline’s mouth. A visual identification of mucosal inflammation and ulcers will give the veterinarian a diagnosis, but to determine the cause, further testing will be made including: 

  • Systemic disease evaluation (detection of organ disease)
  • Virus isolation test (detection of virus)
  • Retroviral test (detection of immune-related virus)
  • Histopathological evaluation (detection of oral disorders)
  • Biopsy (detection of oral neoplasia) 

Treatment of Mouth Inflammation and Ulcers in Cats

Treatment of mouth inflammation and ulcers in cats initially begins with pain control and anti-inflammatory medication. Feline stomatitis is an overreaction of the immune system, so your veterinarian may prescribe a steroid or immunosuppressant drug to suppress the immune system, and suppress the disease. Although effective, treating feline stomatitis with therapeutic drugs is only temporary, therefore, many veterinarians suggest total dental extractions. 

Plaque is the known trigger of feline stomatitis. Plaque is a bacteria that only remains in the mouth when it adheres to the teeth. Therefore, a total dental extraction of your cat’s teeth is the only potential cure of feline stomatitis. Unfortunately, a total dental extraction is costly, drastic and in the end, may not cure your cat’s stomatitis. 

Recovery of Mouth Inflammation and Ulcers in Cats

The refractory treatment of mouth inflammation and ulcers in cats makes recovery as well as management of the condition frustrating to both parties. Pain management will be continuous for cats with feline stomatitis to improve the quality of their life. A soft food diet will be required for cats who have undergone total dental extractions and routine dental cleanings may be required of those who have not. 

Mouth Inflammation and Ulcers Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Snugglepuss
dsh
8 Years
Serious condition
3 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating

My cat didn't wake me this morning for food. She's just been sleeping & sleeping. I just tried to rouse her & discovered lots of drool & a coated tongue. What could this be?? She was fine last night

I have a listen she is about 1 month she was nice till morning until then in the afternoon she foam coming from her mouth and she couldn't eat anything I took her to the vet to check out her condition the vet said she has ulcer formed in her tongue so he prescribed some ointment for me to apply it inside her mouth after she finish eating...But today she stopped and she started drinking alot of water....May I know what's the reason for it

My cat had surgery for squamous cell carcinoma (first symptom was drooling) now he drools more and has something like dry blood around his mouth. The vet didn’t know what it was but he’s soon gonna put him in prednisone for inflammation. He’s already on pain meds. Unfortunately, squamous cell carcinoma has no cure. We are focusing on quality of life. It’s almost 7 weeks after his surgery and he’s still fighting. I have him on natural supplements including CBD oil, cat’s claw extract and graviola (guanabana) extract. Hoping and praying for the best.

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Puma
Bombay
4 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My cat just turned 4 months and a couple days ago I came home to see he had a numb on his lower lip. I thought he had just ran into something because he’s very hyper and clumsy. Today when I came home I noticed that there was other numbs on his lower lips. They look like blisters.

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Bella
Short haired blac
2 Weeks
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Red patches on her upper lip

This is more a question my cat recently had kittens and everything was fine I just started to notice that some of the kittens have eye infections and upon look at momma cat I notice two blood red patches on both sides of her upper lips I'm a single parent and don't have the money for a vet her eatting is the same but she drink water more then usually and doesn't habe the engery as before she a black cat and looks like she have a case of dandruff and I don't know why I feel like she still has a kitten inside her and the ones she had are about 3 weeks now plz help

I think asking for help is a good thing you have done but I think you need to ask help further. I realise that you are strapped for cash but she needs to go to the vet asap. In most states there are schemes to help you pay. Google things like vet financial assistance and look on face book too. You can also ask your local vet for help to direct you or help you with the search. If your cat and now kittens have a virus, it could spread and get worse without treatment. Sometimes too, there can be an unborn kitten inside and this can be serious if left. Call your local vet and discuss if you need to bring mumma and her kittens to help make a diagnosis. I'm also concerned how you will care for all theses cats if you dont have the financial means. Perhaps you could contact a foster (no kill) rescue to discuss if they could take them on..? They are equipped to deal with mother cats and kittens. One that does foster would be best as mum and kittens or just kittens (when old enough) would go into a home to be fostered until a home found. If one is full go to another until you find one that can take them. Please don't give up on her and her babies as you are all they have so please take their lives and health seriously. Goodluck and keep caring :)

Vet and financial aid info great ideas

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Big Red
Maine Coon
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling & deviated tongue

My 3 year old kitty has had numerous teeth removed due to having bad teeth. Yesterday he began acting differently (like he was afraid of us) and began refusing food. He will go up to his food dish and ate hungry but refuses to eat. I did notice that he is sticking his tongue out a little bit on his right side of his mouth. When I checked inside his mouth he has severe red inflammation. I plan on calling my vet at 8 AM when they open but was wondering if there is anything I can give him now to elevate some of the pain he is In?

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Luna
Mixed breed
6 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Sleepiness
Redness

I notice she has a red sore spot next to her mouth and shes start slightly drooling today and we just treated both our cat for fleas so im worried it might be a reaction to the flea stuff.

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Luna
Mixed breed
6 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Sleepiness
Redness

I notice she has a red sore spot next to her mouth and shes start slightly drooling today and we just treated both our cat for fleas so im worried it might be a reaction to the flea stuff.

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Bubba
tabby
18 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Slobbering, moving slowly

My 18 year old cat has like slobber coming out of mouth and little red color coming out of mouth for two days now...we took him to vet yesterday and they ran all kinds of tests..we don’t get results back until tomorrow...he will hardly open mouth and today won’t eat or drink at all..his fur is very course now...he has never ever been like this...no one has given us any answers yet..we called vet today and they said keep him comfortable here..I’m really worried something is being missed

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Bam Bam
7 Months
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
Irritated tongue,
Drooling
bad breath
Not Eating

My cat has suddenly started drooling yesterday, no one knows why but today his mouth really really stank and the tip of his tongue is infected and he won't let me look at it for too long. He still drools alot, and tried eating some food but he ate very little, he isn't drinking much water and when I gave him a cat milk replacer, he growled and ran away. Did he get bit by something poisonous or is it something more serious?

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Tanner
Short haired stray
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Irritation

My cat has experienced mouth problems in the last few days. It seems like his lower left canine has irritation around the gum line. He's pawing his mouth in this region and he sways his head side to side. I'm a dental hygienist, the gum tissue looks black in nature and he doesn't let me look too long.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Tanner may have a lesion in that tooth that needs veterinary attention. Cats are specifically prone to odontoclastic resorptive lesions where the root of the tooth starts to deteriorate that can be quite painful. He may also have has a trauma to that tooth. It would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian, as they will be able to examine him, assess the tooth and the rest of his mouth, and recommend any treatment that needs to be given. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Moo moo
mixed
6 Months
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

My kitten isn't eating or drinking, lost the ability to walk, I've found sores in his mouth, lost alot of weight, bad breath, and looks like one of his teeth needs to come out,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should definitely take MooMoo into see your Veterinarian since it may be more complicated than a simple tooth extraction and mouth ulcers; given the symptoms I would get MooMoo checked for calicivirus even if he has been vaccinated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/feline-calicivirus-infection

Thankyou

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Matilda
short hair
12 + years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tongue ulcer

Medication Used

Clindamycin Hydrochloride

My senior cat was told she has an ulcer on the right side of her tongue. I can barely afford this visit, so my vet recommended a cortisone shot, and antibiotics twice daily for ten days. Matilda is eating, drinking, etc. But is obviously uncomfortable. What are the chances of her having a "comfortable" life? She's had a good long life, but believe she still has a few good years left. Does anyone know of low income vets in L.A., CA? If she needs extractions, I know how pricey that can be. Last question, what can I do to make her as comfy as possible?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The only charity clinic I know of in Los Angeles, CA is the Sam Simon Mobile Clinic (that is the same Sam Simon you see in the credits at the beginning of The Simpsons - he was a big animal lover and he lives on not only with The Simpsons but also his charitable donations); the only stipulation they have is that they accept only neutered pets (or will be neutered at the visit) and that your household income is less than $40,000. https://ssfmobileclinic.org/wp-content/uploads/ssf_flyers/SpayNeuter_Current.pdf

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Tiger Wood
Tabby short hair
12 years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

I've taken my cat to vet they are sending out to see if cancer! is cancer normal for cat tongue she believes that's what it is! ulcers under tongue and tongue is swollen so much I feeding him through feeding tube! or should I look for something else

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ulceration of the tongue is a typical characteristic of squamous cell carcinoma in cats; other causes of ulceration may be due to infection (normally see other symptoms), chemical burns among other less likely causes. I’ve attached an interesting link on the subject below which has images for comparison. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/feline-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-overview

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Kenneth
Bengal
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Redness
Acne on chin
Vomiting

My cat has stopped eating his hard food, is in obvious pain, has developed feline acne, is vomiting more than usual, and just today as he was yawning, I saw a big red spot at the back of his throat. Will he have these forever? How can it be treated? Is total dental extraction the only treatment? What will this cost?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The red spot at the back of the throat may be causing pain or discomfort which has lead to a loss of appetite; it is important for your Veterinarian to check Kenneth over to determine a course of treatment which may include surgery or medical management. The cost will depend on many different factors and is too wide to give any meaningful ballpark figure since medical management will be considerably cheaper than surgery and your location as well as the underlying cause will affect the cost too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitten
Norwegian Forest
13-14
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

My cat has normal appetite and normal behavior. He's drinking well and eating hard and soft food. But he has a small sore on his lower left lip that is tender to the touch. He is also drooling more when happy/purring, and when eating. I checked his gums: no bleeding or open sores in the mouth. But he definitely doesn't want us touching the sore. What should we do? Wait/watch? Treat somehow? Take to vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For the time being take a wait and see approach if Kitten is still eating and drinking normally; if there is no improvement over the next few days you should pop into your Veterinarian for an examination. Keeping the area clean is important, so just give it a wipe with a damp cotton wool ball after eating; any topical medications would most likely get licked off. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizmo
American Shorthair
13 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Pawing at mouth

My senior cat has a full month extraction and is still experiencing painful ulceration. He is on a pain reliever and steroid plan, but it doesn't seem to be helping much. Is there any other treatment plan we should be looking into?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Gizmo is in pain. I'm not sure what pain medication he is on, but if you feel that it is not enough, you should contact your veterinarian and get additional medication - some pain meds work better together than alone. I hope that he is okay.

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Quincy
Siamese mix
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

anorexia
Lethargy

My cat has a sore in her mouth. She had an upper respiratory infection, and hasn’t been eating. I have been giving her syringes of food , she seems to have a little more strength.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. She should probably see your veterinarian, as she may need antibiotics, or other therapies, for the troubles that she is having. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her, make sure that nothing else is going on, and give her appropriate medications to make her more comfortable. I hope that she does well!

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Brad
Domestic shorthair
8 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Weight Loss
isolation
no eating or drinking

Medication Used

Mirtazapine

Hi! About a week ago my cat started vomiting a foamy, green liquid, and the next day it was the same quality but yellow. We noticed that he started losing weight and stopped eating and rarely drank. We went to the vet and did some blood work which resulted with his white T cells being on “the high end of normal”. After his conditions worsened with him isolating himself, we took him to another vet and redid the blood work with only his Calcium being a bit high. The vet only gave us digestive food and pills to entice his appetite. Nevertheless we asked for a Hydrolysis shot and we could see the improvement. However,the shot can only stay in the body for a couple of hours, and his symptoms were back the next day. We tried giving him plain yogurt, which he took successfully for one day but didn’t want it the next. It seems like it hurts to swallow and he flinches a lot, especially his mouth, when we try to pet his face. Can you please help?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without examining Brad, I'm unfortunately not able to shed much light on what might be going on with him, but x-rays or an ultrasound may be a good idea to see what is going on with his mouth, throat, and intestines. I hope that he improves soon.

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Bo
tabby
8 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Crusty nose, runny eyes, red tongue

My cat was neutered last Thursday, noticed yesterday he had discharge from his eyes and nose, and could tell his mouth was uncomfortable, i looked at his tongue and it is very red on the edges. is this a side effect of anesthesia?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There should be no effect on Bo’s tongue or mouth after anaesthesia, especially six or seven days later; there are various causes for redness, runny eyes and nose which may include infections, allergies, irritants among other causes. Keep an eye on Bo, but you should pop into your Veterinarian if there is no improvement to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cubby
Street recovery cat
12 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

My 11yo cat has been diagnosed with FIV. He tries to act as normally as possible, but seems to having mouth ulcers / inflammation. Vet has me giving him a steroid and antibiotic. Mild success. I have to feed him soft food by injecting it once every couple of days.
Question: Is there a Chloraseptic type spray I could spray in his mouth to numb/heal his sores.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no other real course of action apart from the steroid and antibiotic therapy currently prescribed; with conditions affecting the oral cavity, any topical treatment is either diluted with saliva or is ingested before it has an opportunity to work. Continue to feed a soft food and continue with the prescribed treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I lost my 6 yr old cat Kiki a week ago today. She had bad ulcers in her mouth and the vet diagnosed her wi kidney failure 4 months ago. We gave her iv fluids at home. We took her back for treatment of antibiotics several times but the ulcers became worse. I think I let her literally starve to death. She stopped eating and drinking altogether 4 days before she passed. I wished I could have done more for her. Sorry for all of u having the same problem with ur cats. I didn't know about the pain medication and steroids, it might have helped her. She was a good girl.

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toby
DOMESTIC
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling

My cat Toby is a very active cat. He is almost 10years old. I feed him 3 times a day, and almost an hour before every feeding he is begging. until recently, hardly wanting to eat. Still begs but will only take a few bites and walk away. Spits out the morals as he is chewing. Mouth looks normal to what I can see. My son has noticed he has been drooling. he sleeps and wakes up with a few drops of drool.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Dental disease is common in cats, as they get older, and they can be very painful. Systemic disease can also occur as cats age. It would be best to have Toby seen by a veterinarian to assess his oral health and overall health status. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend any treatments that might be necessary. I hope that Toby feels better.

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Don't know
Stray cat
2 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth problem

Medication Used

Glycirine

Hello sir i got one cat she is 1.5 yr old. She have mouth problem. She can't eat n drink self. Her gum is red and may b swelling. I give her multi vitamin syrup. And MOX syrup seven days. But her problem can't b solve. plz suggest me what to do and what medicine I give her for remove her mouth problem permanently. Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the gums are red and swelling there is nothing I can recommend that you can give over the counter, this would be something to be checked by a Veterinarian and a prescription medication given; without examining her gums I cannot say that the cause is. Try to find a charity clinic or other organisation that may take her in for treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Alfred
British Blue
7 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

My 7 month old British blue has two small ulcers in his mouth caused from his molers penetrating his gums we have been told.
Will he need his molers shaved and what will clear these ulcers up?
He is currently eating and drinking without any problems.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Alfred is having no problem eating, drinking etc… I would keep an eye on the ulcers and his mouth in general to look for signs of improvement; it may be a cause that after the teeth have come through fully no action is required but it is best to wait until everything has finished before making any decisions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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MUFFIN
Persian
6 Months
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

not active

I TOOK A 6MONTH OLD KITTEN TO GET NEUTERED AN THEY FOUND HE HAD A BOIL OR ULCER IN ITS MOUTH- HE STILL EATS AN DRINKS SOME WHAT COULD I DO TO HELP IT MOUTH ?THANKS

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Muffin, I can't comment on what might be going on with him. It would be best to ask your veterinarian what might he happening, and what treatment might be necessary. I hope that he is okay.

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Moana
Persian
2 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

tongue ulcer bad smell drooling
tongue ulcer bad smell
Tongue ulcer

My kitten 4 days ago was suffering from loss of appetite, lethargy, sleeping all the day, refusing to eat and feel pain when i force her, tongue ulcer , high fever range from 39.8-41. After connecting different vat. in reality i got these medications from one of them after diagnosed her by virus. Dipyrone injection (metalgen) giving IM twice for 3-5 days, amoxicare(antibiotic, amoxicilin trihydrate) giving by moth twice a day for 5-7d, normal saline giving as SC injection each 2 hours for 5-7d. The doctor already gave her the medications before i took her home, and the fever become normal after that until now which is the second day of the treatment, I'm doing everything from yesterday except the dipyrone as her fever become normal it's range from 37.3-38 although the doctor instructed me but i'm afraid of hypothermia and she doesn't have fever anymore , but i read that it's anti-inflammatory drug so should I give her to treat the tongue ulcer and it will not decrease her temp. ? bc she want to eat but she can't bc the pain and ulcer and i tried to force her but i could not let her eat enough amount as she didn't help, but i gave her kitten milk by injection in mouth each 2-4 h. so should i give the drug metalgen ? or there is another way? NOTE: she is now better and more active

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dipyrone (metamizole) has a limited anti inflammatory effect but is more effective as pain relief and to reduce fever; temperature control in kittens can be a little hit and miss but you should follow the instructions of your Veterinarian especially if you are seeing improvement since the start of treatment. Since Moana is under your Veterinarian’s duty of care, you should follow their treatment regimen as I haven’t examined her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Mix
7 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

2 small sores on upper lip

So my sisters kitten had a small sore on upper lip it went away or so she thought and now the kitten had one on both sides but is acting completely normal he a grey fluffy cat he also likes to suckle on things

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Luna is suckling on something which is either an irritant or it is cutting the lip, I would keep an eye on the area since it is difficult to keep clean and you cannot put anything on there as it would get immediately licked off. Check inside the mouth to look for other signs of ulceration and visit your Veterinarian if the problem continues without a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rory
American Shorthair
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen face on the right side
Puslike infection
Fatigue
Drooling
Acting different

My cat ripped his collar off his head. In doing so, he scratched the sides of his mouth and was bleeding. It was clotted when we got home and found him in that condition. I cleaned the wounds as best i could with water because I didnt know what was appropriate for cats especially when its a mouth injury. Its been 2 days and his right side of his face is swollen as that wound was more severe then the left. It seems like theres a puslike substance forming as its a green yellow color, and smells bad, not his usual breath smell. My fiance says its drool and food buildup but I dont think it is. He doesnt seem to be in pain, and drools quite often. He is almost completely mute and has a different personality, almost like he's sick and fatigued. Is it fine and will heal on its own? Am I worrying too much or should he definitely go in? We can't afford the vet bill but if he has to go, he has to go. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Wounds on cats especially around the mouth are prone to infection and if it looks like there is an accumulation of pus you should definitely seek veterinary attention sooner rather than later; if finances are tight there are various charity clinics and non-profits which may be able to help you. This is an issue that if left longer may become a more serious issue so it is time sensitive. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.aaha.org/pet_owner/lifestyle/cant-afford-critical-veterinary-care-many-nonprofits-can-help!.aspx www.felineoutreach.org/organizations.html www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Nala Kate
tabby
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling and not eating or drinking

My cat started acting funny about a week ago. She was always hiding under my bed and noticed her appetite wasn’t really there. Monday I noticed she had drool all over her whiskers and mouth so I decided to take her into the vet. She had a 103.8 and the vet found a sore at the roof of her mouth and sides. He gave her a convenia shot and gave me some viralys to give to her twice a day. The next day i felt like she was declining so I took her in and still had a fever. She was pretty dehydrated so they gave her an IV of electrolytes. She perked up some after that. It’s now Friday and she is still not eating or drinking on her own. I have to force feed and drink through a syringe. She actually started cleaning herself again last night for the first time using her tongue again. She has been smelling pretty bad like pee so me and my husband gave her a semi bath last night and she took over and started cleaning herself. Before she seemed like she didn’t know how to do it since her mouth was sore. She seems Interested in food and water but opens her mouth and then decides not to and walks away. My question is how much food and water do I need to make sure she gets a day? I hate forcing it on her but don’t want her to get dehydrated again. She seems to be getting around just fine still and jumping on things but just not eating or drinking. I heard ulcers can take up to 2-3 weeks to heal. Her shot is supposed to slowly work for 2 weeks.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Nala Kate will need soft food until her mouth heals, and there is a prescription food called A/D that your veterinarian can get for you that is made for situations like this and is high in calories and nutrition, and easy to eat. She may need periodic subcutaneous fluid therapy until she is eating and drinking on her own again. She needs to stay hydrated and eat while her mouth is healing - it would be best to have frequent rechecks with your veterinarian until she is back to normal so that they can assess her and give her any therapy that she might need. She may also benefit from a pain medication, it would be a good idea to ask your veterinarian about that as soon as possible. I hope that she is okay.

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Beauty
house cat
18 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating or drinking

Our cat is old and I was told she has mouth ulcers.
She is not eating and makes noises when she tries to eat.
One vet said it was hyperthyroidism and prescribed medication but the situation continues. Another one recommended pedialyte and baby food.
Any advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Beauty I cannot determine the cause of the mouth ulcers; oral ulceration may occur for a variety of reasons especially in on older cat which may be due to infections, hormonal conditions, chronic ulcerative paradental stomatitis, kidney disease among many other conditions. You should try to encourage Beauty to eat using a smooth wet food mixed with water syringed into the mouth; however without examining her I cannot say what the cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Teddy
domestic short hair
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth sore
infection smell
ulcers

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral
FortiFlora (probiotic)
Revolution (flea preventative)
prednisone
L-lysine
Dewormer

We adopted a 4 month old kitten (male, neutered, and FIV negative). A month or so after we brought him home, he developed a sore on his upper lip. The vet diagnosed him with a rodent ulcer. He is already on a grain free diet (blue buffalo) and eats out of ceramic and stainless steel bowls.
Vet Visit 1: We treated him with flea prevention to rule out that as a cause. The vet prescribed antibiotics and a steroid which greatly improved the sore. However, after the medicine completed, the sore came back.
Vet Visit 2: The vet prescribed another round of antibiotics. Again, the medicine helped almost immediately, but as soon as the prescription was finished, the ulcer came back. We then noticed there was another ulcer in the corner of his mouth and he had pooped outside of the litter box.
Vet Visit 3: The vet prescribed a dewormer (just in case), a probiotic, as well as a an anti-diarrea antibiotic because the regular antibiotic could be causing loose stool. For the third time, the medicine helped while he was on it, but as soon as the medicine was done, the ulcers were back with the infection smell.
Vet Visit 4: Since he is only about 7 months, I felt uncomfortable just putting him back on more antibiotics so the vet prescribed L-Lysine and a round of steroids. He is halfway through the prescription and the ulcers are almost gone.
My concern is if the ulcers come back again after the medicine is completed, as it has every other time. He is just a kitten and I know it is not good for him to constantly be on medicines. I'm not sure what else my other options are. When we let the ulcers try to heal on their own they become infected with a very bad infection smell. Surprisingly, he is still a playful kitten with a healthy appetite despite the painful ulcers. The vet does not think it is a food or litter allergy because his face/paws are not itchy. I'm not sure where to turn next with the recurring ulcers.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It seems that your veterinarian has been very thorough. It is worthwhile seeing if the Lysine controls the ulcers, and if so, he can be on that medication safely on a long term basis. Some cats do need to have occasional steroid doses to control rodent ulcers, and often, if you are able to start him on a dose right away when you first notice the lesions, you may be able to keep it from getting infected and keep it under control. I hope that he is okay.

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Rusty
Shorthair
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

gums

My cat is eight year old red american shorthair.. He has had stomatitus since a year old. He suffered with abcesses until all his teeth were removed by age 6. His health greatly improved but his consistently rubs his chin on everything. I think his gums itch and would like to know if there is something I can rub on his gums to relieve his stress ( a cat version of S.T. 37). I currently use saline solution. He is not on any medication.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Rusty may rub his chin because his gums itch, or because his chin itches, as there are many glands in the chin and those glands can become infected or irritated. Plastic bowls can make chin issues worse, as they harbor bacteria. It might be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian to have his mouth and chin examined and make sure that you are treating the right area.

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Ramona
Short hair house cat
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
Not Eating
Drooling
Sleepy

My cat has drooling doesnt want to eat or drink we took her to the vet she told us her mouth was inflamed and they gave her antibiotic convenia so i was wondering if thats going to heal her problem or if that doesnt help her at all

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many causes for inflammation in the mouth, and some respond to antibiotics, some to steroids, and some need dental work to resolve. It depends on the cause for Ramona, and I'm not sure whether she will respond to the antibiotics or not. Time will tell, and if she does not seem more comfortable in the next couple of days, it would be best to have a recheck for her to re-assess the plan.

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Diego
Black Tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wont drink

My cat will eat somewhat but wont drink. I just noticed a red spot on his tongue. What can i do to help him. Cant afford to take him to the vet for 2 weeks. anything i can do at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Diego I cannot say what the specific cause of the ulceration is, however the cause may be due to chronic ulcerative paradental stomatitis (CUPS); if this is the cause, good oral hygiene may help but a course of corticosteroids (prescription from your Veterinarian) may be best. In the meantime, keep Diego hydrated and offer wet food; ensure that his mouth is kept clean. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/digestive-system/diseases-of-the-mouth-in-small-animals/oral-inflammatory-and-ulcerative-disease-in-small-animals

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Copen
Cat
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Crusty eyes, gooey sores

My cat Copen in about 8 years old she’s always suffered from allergies and every few months would get scabs on her face and goopy eyes. I’d take her in she’d usuallt get a shot and some stuff for her eyes and antibiotics. I just brought home a kitten two weeks ago. She kept eating the new kittens food and threw up a few times so I had to separate feedings. Well the last 2/3 days Copen has been meowing a lot which is quite out of character, her mouth has these gooey yellow brown sores, goopy crusty eyes and she feels warm. She lays on me a lot and her body has never felt this warm. I need to take her in I can tell any idea what it is or what to do for her till I can get her in. Is this because of the kitten he’s given her something or is it something else?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I can't think of any infectious disease that the kitten would have brought in that would cause the signs that you are describing, and without seeing Copen I have a hard time commenting on what might be going on. I think the best thing for her is to have her seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible so they can examine her and figure out what is going on with her. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Coco
moggie
13 Years
Serious condition
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My cat is 13 and has stopped eating, she had blood in her urine but was treated for that and now it's stopped. She won't eat or drink and the vet found an ulcer type thing in her mouth and said it could be cancerous. I'm having to force feed her and water in a syringe. She's lost so much weight and is so lethargic. Do you think an ulcer will cause bleeding and lack of appetite?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you have ever had an oral ulcer you’ll know that they can be painful and in a cat it may make them have a loss of appetite as they associate pain with eating; oral ulceration may be due to cancer, some viral infections, chronic ulcerative paradental stomatitis, oral irritation, poisoning among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Yingyang
Domestic shorthair
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth problem
Mouth Salivation

My cat breath smells like boo boo.. He has thick light brown saliva dripping down out of his mouth seems like he dont wanna open his mouth he is 7 years old .. I dont know what to do i tried to go to a pet clinic but they all want money just to see him... Is there something i can give him

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Yingyang may have significant dental disease that needs to be taken care of, and that is not something that can be done at home. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam' that would allow you to have him examined, and once the veterinarian knows what is going on and is able to give you a plan, most clinics offer CareCredit as a way to pay for unexpected expenses. Cats can suffer greatly from dental pain, so it would be best to have him seen as soon as possible.

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Onyx
Ragamuffin
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Inflamation
Mouth Odor
Tongue hangs out of mouth constantly
Blackish blue spot on tongue

Onyx is FLV+ and is under a year old. He has inflammation, redness of the gums, bad breath, his tongue is always hanging out of his mouth, he slightly drools and I'm now noticing a blackish blue spot on the back of his tongue. He eats soft food and eats a can in the morning one at night and drinks plenty of water. He doesn't act like it pains him or cry out at all. He meows a lot but only for food and attention. When I found him last year he was dying. Scabby, mangy skin, no fur, didn't really eat. He never played or did anything. He just sat there, he was pitiful. I took him home and began bathing him regularly with antifungal antimicrobial shampoo, I brush him and treat his ear for ear mites. He's prone to infection so any time he has an open wound I try to let him soak in salt water for a few minutes each day until it starts healing up. So needless to say, I try my hardest to keep him healthy. Now Onyx has all of his fur and is playful, happy, and loved. Unfortunately I haven't been able to soothe his mouth. He's been to the vet once which is when I learned about his inflammation and Feline Leukemia. The vet commented on how painful it looked but didn't give him anything to help it. They acted like he was just gonna die so why bother. It was upsetting. He acted like I was lying about him becoming healthier and looking better. He also tried to argue that he wasn't a kitten and was an adult. He literally tripled in size. I'm no vet, but I'm not an idiot either. His teeth proved he was a kitten but he never really went any farther. They didn't show affection or respect, I even overheard an assistant in the back room call Onyx ugly and scrutinize me for not having enough money to run several tests on "a cat like him". So that was a waste of money and I can't afford to take him to the vet regularly. I'm hoping there might be something low cost could get for him to heal or soothe the inflammation. If it could threaten his life and he absolutely needs veterinarian care I'll find a way to make it happen. Any suggestions or comments? (Oh, I'm not sure if this is related but he sneezes a lot, too.)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is never pleasant to hear veterinary professionals pass comments about an animal or an owner’s ability to pay (not even if the owner pleads poverty but pulled into the car park in a brand new Range Rover). You should have Onyx seen by a Veterinarian regardless for a general check of health and to review what treatment or management options you have; there are various charity clinics and nonprofits which may be able to help with some or all of the cost of veterinary care, it just involves some Googling and a few phone calls - check the link below for information on some organisations. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Baby Cat
Black
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Noise
Drool
Halitosis

Medication Used

Monthly flea

My cat seems fine, but drools when sleeping comfortably, makes a sucking noise with her mouth sometimes, and her breath smells like straight butt. She was indoor/outdoor, but moved in with me 4 months ago and is now indoor only. Ten years old, was healthy at last checkup. These 'symptoms' are all new since moving in with me.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats quite commonly have dental disease that needs attention, especially as they get older. It would be best to have Baby Cat examined by a veterinarian, as they can look at her mouth, assess her health, and let you know more what might be going on, and how best to treat her.

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Kapla
European Shorthair
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Ulcers on Hard Palate

My cat has ulcers on her hard palate, they have not worsened in the past month. I cant find anything specific about ulcers located on the hard palate. should i go to my local vet or wait it out, as it has not worsened in over a month.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Ulcers in the mouth can be quite painful. If the ulcers in Kapla's mouth have not improved over the last month, it would be a good idea to have an examination and find out what is causing the ulcers and how to treat them. Some are caused by viral or bacterial disease. I hope that she is okay.

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Simon
Simease mix
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

ulcers in mouth
Poor coat
Pulls out fur
Goes potty outside the box
Cries when eating or yawning
bad breath
Drools
Diarrhea

Medication Used

L-lysine
Oral Medications

I rescued and found Simon outside about a year ago. He showed up at my house with a broken tail and he was very skinny. Having other cats, I took him and him checked. He was neutered and not microchipped, so I also got him vaccinated. Before bringing him inside, I made sure that the vet ran a series of blood work on him. He came back negative for Feline Lukemia and Aids, so I took him home. I soon noticed that he would drool a lot, have a hard time eating, and that his breath smelled awful. I took him again and they checked his mouth. He had horrible plaque build up and needed his teeth cleaned. They cleaned his teeth and had to remove six teeth during the process due to decay. After that, he continued to have more problems. He continued to drool, have bad breath, pull out his hair, bleed from his mouth, cry when he would yawn or eat, have diarrhea, go potty outside of the box, and sneeze. I took him a third time and the vet checked his mouth and did blood work. The blood work came back without any problems, but his mouth and tongue still had the Ulcerations. The doctor didn't test him for Feline Herpes, but told me that he was 100% positive that was the culprit. He gave me some oral medication, which helped temporarily (About a week). I'm frustrated! He has given my other cats the herpes virus, but he shows more severe signs. I've noticed he has flare ups, which will go away and come back. These flare ups cause him to go outside the box, drool, have the bad breath, pull out his fur, etc. I've tried everything to help him, but I've been to three clinics and they have all just poo pooed the issue away. I know there isn't a cure for Feline Herpes, but is there anything I can do to help lessen the symptoms/pain? One vet suggested I put him down because he would continue to have these problems for the rest of his life. I would honestly hate to do that, because when he isn't having a flare up, he's perfectly normal. He doesn't drool, he goes inside the box, eats normally, etc. He is a sweet boy who loves to cuddle and be on my lap 24/7. He's happy and even though he's estimated to be over 8 year of age, he loves to play and is active for his age. I can tell he endures the pain during his flare ups though, which is why I'm struggling as a pet owner. I would like to know if there is anything else I can do to help him out.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that Simon is having those problems, mouth pain can be quite awful. If he isn't on any medications for inflammation, he may benefit from steroids or non-steroidal medications. Some bacteria in the mouth respond well to a combination of antibiotics, such as Metronidazole and Clavamox. I'm not sure if he has stomatitis, and if so, that sometimes requires long term steroid or antibiotic therapy. Without seeing him, I can't comment on what might help, but those are some suggestions that you can discuss with your veterinarian. I hope that you are able to find relief for him.

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Colby
Orange tabby
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Red sores, smelly drooling, gagging

Can my cat make it a week so I can get him to the vet. He has bad smelling drool red bump like sores on his tongue and gags whenever he tries to eat or drink anything also now mostly avoiding his food.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Colby is not eating his food, you should visit a Veterinarian immediately as it is likely that it is painful for him to eat; you cannot have him going without food due to oral pain for a week. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Seven
Maine coon cat
4 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Crusty mouth

My 4week old kitten has a crusty mouth and she meows when she tries to nurse.it doesn't seem like she's getting any milk.she has lost weight. I tried to make her up a formula and her siblings loved it but she won't eat it. I don't know what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Seven may have an infection or a problem with her mouth that needs treatment so that she can get enough nutrition. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can assess her general health, look at her mouth, and give her any tteatment that she may need.

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Piper
Domestic short hair Tabby
11 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen bottem lip one sided

Medication Used

L-lysine

My cat piper has a swollen bottom lip on one side of her mouth. It does not seem to bother her nor does it stop her from eating (Treats and Dry food Purina Kitten - about to switch to Purina complete), drinking water and playing. She seems to be acting normal but I can tell a difference in her mouth. I went to the vet about two weeks ago and everything was normal besides some nasal congestion and sneezing but at that time Piper bottom lip did not have any swelling like it does now. Should I just watch it or take her in for a visit. They gave me l-lysine and recommend to give a Zyrtec once a day to help. I have been consistent about giving my cat the L-lysine daily but I was not sure about giving her the zyrtec.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats can get swellings and infections that do need to have treatment. Even though she was just seen and had a clean bill of health, if this is a new problem and isn't improving, it would be worth having her seen again to make sure that this swelling doesn't need treatment. I hope that all goes well for her.

It seems like it has gone down a little bit on the side and is more just swollen nearer to the front. She does seem to have any pain when she grooming or eating or even when I have touched. Should I just keep watching it and her behavior for the next week to see if anything changes and it doesn't improve before I take her to the vet?

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Spotty
domestic short hair
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Shivering
Drowsiness

My kitten is not eating adequately and keeps on shivering. I have also noticed he refuses to walk and just sleeps all day. He has a bleeding wound on his upper lip and i have noticed sores in his tongue and lower lip as well. He also keeps on munching his mouth even when he’s sleeping. He also has a wound on his foot and when he does walk, he hunches and walks funny.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Maham, thank you for contacting us today about Spotty. He needs to see a veterinarian to find out what is causing the mouth sores, and the wound on his foot - unfortunately without examining him, I cannot determine what is wrong with him or what treatment he might need. I hope that he is okay.

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Frankie
Siamese
2 Years
Moderate condition
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My cat became ill, not eating, gagging, them chewing. I thpught maybe a hairball was lodged in his throat. I tried giving hairball medicine which didn't work. I looked in his mouth and noted a round ulcer on his hard palate. From research, it seemed to be calici (sorry if this is misspelled) virus for which it seems the only treatment is symptomatic. I have been feeding him can food, which he has been able to eat ok. Tonight, I noticed his ears looking red, and when I looked inside, i am now seeing ulcers on the inside of the pinnia (sorry if this is misspelled to). So now I am wondering if he may have something other than calici virus? He is not as lethargic since he has been able to eat can cat food, but I can still tell he doesn't feel good. Wondering what it could be and if there is anything more I can do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think that it would be a good idea to have Frankie examined by a veterinarian to determine what is causing these ulcers, as there are many possible causes for them, and they don't seem to be resolving on their own. I hope that all goes well for him.

I did take him in, and she felt it was calici virus, but this was before the ulcers on his ears appeared. Can calici virus also cause ulcers in other areas besides the mouth and throat?

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Malcolm
moggy
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

ulcerated mouth

My vet says my cat has calicivirus - he wasn't innoculated. He didn't do blood tests to confirm, but my cat has a terribly inflamed mouth and has trouble eating. He is now on antibiotics, but the vet says that he will eventually have to be put to sleep. He has already had two courses of antibiotics, he improved after the first, for about 2 weeks, but then it came back and the second course of antibiotics didn't help at all. He is now on a third course. Is there any hope for him? He seems very unhappy and also very uncoordinated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically tests are not done to diagnose calicivirus as the symptoms are pretty indicative of the disease; treatment is typically with broad spectrum antibiotics and supportive care (including mucolytics and food supplementation). Malcolm may be uncoordinated from being weak from a loss of appetite, strong smelling food is sometimes recommended to encourage eating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vetstream.com/treat/felis/bug/feline-calicivirus

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Freddy
Domestic mix
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Red gum
Crying when open jaw
bad breath

My cat is occasionally crying out when moving his mouth. He is still eating, and grooming, and I don’t see any ulcers in his mouth. He just grabbed his food and ran and then when he opened his mouth he cried out and dropped it. His gums are red, but not bleeding. I am getting him into see the vet, but the only this google keeps saying is stomatitis and it sound HORRENDOUS, extremely expensive to treat, and painful for the rest of his life. He is still acting relatively normal, except for occasional pain and running... at first I think he ate a big the bit him. Please tell me there are other things that could cause This except for stomatitis. We love him so much. I’m freaking out and google shows no other possible things.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Stomatitis is a problem for many cats, and can be severe, but can also be mild and treatable with medications. It can be very painful, but can sometimes resolve. Without seeing him, I'm not sure how severe his gum inflammation is, but it is good that you are having him seen by your veterinarian - they'll be able to assess his mouth, recommend any testing or treatment, and hopefully help make him more comfortable!

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Loki
tabby
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Inside mouth swollen and white
Inside mouth swollen

What could cause my kitten's mouth on the inside to swell and become white? He can not close his mouth and is drooling. Eating and drinking nearly normal. I have noticed that he sneezes and also we have been battling fleas even though he's an indoor kitten. He also feels like he's running fever. He always seemed to groom himself excessively.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Loki’s mouth I cannot determine if there is an abscess or other type of swelling, you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination as I cannot say what the specific cause is. Your Veterinarian will be able to determine a cause and offer treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

hello doctor i have a 15 year old cat who has been drooling and isolating himself from his normal spot around the apartment he's on meds and he eats a very very little this has gone on for days and he has lost a little weight. We took him to two vets they said it could be cancer and if it was there would be nothing they could do about it because it would stem from the bone. The other said it could be cancer but they couldn't be sure they would like to run test because there have been times when they thought it was cancer and it wasn't. Under meds the cat operates fine but just doesn't eat, he's currently is under zydaclin. But it really does nothing but stop from him from drooling. If it was a tumor under or in his mouth would it stop him from eating though, or would that be something related to dental? and the cost for test are $1000 -$1400, what should i do and what does it appear to be mostly. a cyst, tumor,or oral disease ?

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Yoyo
Unknown
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I came home today and found my cat drooling. I was able to look in his mouth and his tounge is bright red and breath has a bad odor. Is there anything I can do at home to help him?

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It really depends on the cause of the drooling; dental disorders, infections, oral irritation (chemicals, poisons, foreign objects, trauma), salivary gland disorders among other causes may lead to drooling. You should rinse out the mouth and look for any dental issues, cuts, foreign objects etc… If the drooling continues, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine what the specific underlying cause is and to get treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Princess
Persian
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sore mouth

My cat appears to have mouth ulcers on her lips, they are black and red, she appear to be grabbling with her mouth when she has finished eating. What can I do apart from having to take her to the vets?
Please help
Thankyou

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since we don't know the cause of the sores in her mouth, I can't comment on what to do about them. Cats get viral, bacterial, and fungal infections, and each of those can be treated differently. Your veterinarian will be able to examine Princess and determine what is going on, and how to treat those sores.

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Heidi
Long hair tabby
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

clear fluid from eye, gags

My cat had dental extractions a month and a half ago, now she still acts like something is bothering her mouth. She licks the gravy off her food but won’t eat her food. Then sometimes runsaway from her food and gags. She also has stuff coming out of her eye, it’s clear. She squints .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It may be a good idea to have dental x-rays done for Heidi, as a retained root during the dental procedure can cause pain and infection later on. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Crunch. Marmalade.
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Red gums
Ulcer between teeth
bad breath
crusty nose

My cats both have red gums,Marmalade has one small ulcer between his front teeth. Crunch, Marmalade's brother, has a crusty nose and eye. I only noticed their condition by their smelly breath and Crunch's crusty eye and nose very recently. They have no trouble eating, drinking or playing, do you have any suggestions of how to treat this? I'm worried about them getting worse.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for oral ulceration in cats which may include poisoning, immune system disorders, infections, allergies among other causes; it would be good to have your Veterinarian take a look as it is unlikely that any at home treatments or over the counter products will do anything. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stella
Domestick Short Hair
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blood around mouth, leaky eye

My cat, Stella, had brown stuff on her mouth 2 weeks ago that I thought might just be poo from cleaning herself but she doesn't usually have on her mouth. Her litter didn't have any wet stool, though, but I thought maybe it was a fluke. Then, a few days later I saw it again...but she was behaving normally. A little extra cuddly with me (she loves her daddy) which was nice but odd. Then, after I repotted some indoors plants that now had soil exposed and we saw some more brown appear a few days later, we thought that she'd eaten dirt but we moved the plants out of reach and when I cleaned her mouth off her mouth looked red and irritated.

The next day I came home and the brown was back but worse. I'd noticed that she'd been lost weight a few weeks before but our new house is bigger so I thought maybe she'd been more active or it was just stress weight loss from the move + 5 months of construction after the move but when I picked her up I could tell that she'd lost more weight. That + her not wanting her kitty toothpaste the last 2 mornings + her dropping treats out of her mouth which she'd usually gobble up = emergency vet visit last night.

They were able to hold her still long enough to see an ulcer all along the bottom right side of her mouth below her tongue and a mass. They prescribed a pain killer and an antibiotic and they want me to see my regular vet in a week for a follow-up exam, sedated teeth cleaning and (if the mass is still there) a biopsy.

Stella and Chewy (her brother from the same litter) were born with rhino (cat herpes) but haven't, to my knowledge, presented relapse symptoms in their adulthood (now 10). They've been stressed (construction workers in the house for 6 months, had to move their food and litter boxes around a lot for work on different rooms...so we got Feliway which helped since our most recent move. 2 weeks ago, when I was vacuuming, the breaker switched off but nothing else was plugged in to outlets on that circuit and the plug was right up against the wall. Cats didn't look to be anywhere near the cord and I haven't checked it for bite marks yet but Stella doesn't usually chew on cords. Could she have been rubbing her face on another outlet at the circuit and received a shock that would have caused this? She has had a tooth cleaning in the past. Chewy has as well and he had to have one tooth extracted. Chewy, at his most recent vet visit, had been acting really grumpy and hissing at his sister. They checked his teeth and they showed some plaque or tartar but they didn't suggest a teeth cleaning and I don't think they checked very hard. Since his tooth extraction and even before then, he's dropped food next to his bowl eating and goes for more and eats it later which he still does so I don't think anything of it most of the time. Since I now see that early stages of ulcers can be contagious, I'll keep a close watch on his eating habits. Recently, too, I let them have naughty Friskies treats that I know aren't good for them (I usually feed them Blue Buffalo Indoor Grain-Free cat food and only give treats and wet food occasionally). I am at a loss of what could have caused Stella's ulcer and the mass under her tongue...because, from what I'm reading, it could be stress + rhino + dental disease or maybe a shock (even though I don't know that she was shocked)...reaction from eating something she shouldn't have...anything and everything, it seems.

Any initials or additional thoughts or advice? We've just moved out here and she was overdue for a vet visit, although she's up to date on all her vaccines. She is overdue for an anal gland expression (impacted anal gland many years ago) but would have have anything to do with it? Anything that we should worry about or anything that we can do to help the healing or prevent re-oocurences? The ER vet didn't have much to say on that end...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible contributing factors for the formation of oral ulceration which may be due to infection, stress, dental disorders, autoimmune diseases, poisoning (and other irritation) among other causes. Sometimes it can be difficult to make a diagnosis or determine an underlying cause, you may need to try to treat a possible conditions and monitor for improvement to confirm the diagnosis; a cleaning and closer examination of the mass is a good start, but other treatment (like corticosteroids) may be required depending on the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

She seems to be responding to the antibiotic (Clindamycin) or at least the blood around the mouth as stopped. She's really high off of the Buprenex that they've prescribed for her but it's getting hard to hold her to get it into the pouch of her mouth (currently administered orally and using a syringe). Could we mix that into some wet food or would it be less effective that way? Also, she's REALLY high off of it and bumping into walls trying to rub her face and body on them but I'm not sure if decreasing the dose this early (we're on day 3) would be smart or not. She doesn't let us open her mouth to see under her tongue so I can't check the healing progress but we have an appointment on Monday with the vet so we'll know more then and I'll keep corticosteroids in mind. Should we be giving her some sort of kitty probiotic with these meds and, if so, do you know of any or can we give tiny doses of human ones?

Thank you!

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Muffin
Domestic Shorthair Torti
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

swollen bottom lip

Medication Used

none

Muffin is a rescue cat who is approximately 5 or 6 yrs old. She has been with us for about 4 years, and in spite of having a Feline Herpes diagnosis, her only real showing of that is that she gets watery eyes now and then, and can rattle a bit if you listen to her breathe. She has been in great health. She is an indoor cat for the most part unless I'm outside and she goes with me. I did read after her diagnosis that stress can cause the cat to 'shed' their illness and escalate symptoms.
Last week I carried her back to the barn with me to see if she wanted to roam around in it while I did some work. She was very scared, and was trying to climb the window to get out. I realized she was too frightened and not really calming down so I picked her up to take her back to the house. She was literally shaking. I feel terrible because it totally slipped my mind about her illness and how her being stressed would affect it. 1 day later I noticed her bottom lip looks puffy, and then the next day it was very obvious it was swollen. It's not just pink but has a brownish patch, however I'm not sure if that's just her pigment or not as I don't normally see her lip to know the exact colour. Currently she is eating, but I've noticed it's not as much as normally. She is still active and doesn't seem to be in pain (however she rarely meows and is super quiet when she does). I did just see her paw at her mouth a bit. My question is: will these breakouts sometimes just go away on it's own, as it does when humans get a cold sore?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Herpesvirus in humans and cats presents differently, herpesvirus in cats presents as respiratory tract symptoms, eye discharge as well as fever, lethargy, loss of appetite and/or enlarged lymph nodes. Lip swelling may be caused by insect bites, infections, trauma among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Solo
Unknown
Five Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth inflammation
Drooling
bad breath

I found a stray cat outside our house and he’s really thin. I tried giving him some cat food but he won’t eat it; he only eats some meat and I am having difficulty feeding him. I also noticed that he makes noises when he eats and his mouth is inflammed. He also drools often which made me think that he may have some type of mouth infection. I plan on taking him to the vet soon and I am worried about him not eating enough food and nutrients. What can I feed him for the meantime? (I am not sure about his age tho but he looks a little old)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Poor Solo sounds like his mouth is quite painful. Until you can have him seen by a veterinarian, it would be best to feed him soft food, you can add water to make it softer so that he may be able to eat it. I hope that he is okay.

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Oliver
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen lower lip and cold sores

My cat is one year old and was diagnosed with feline herpes when he was a small kitten. About a week or two ago, he developed what looks like a cold sore on the front of his lower lip, and it has gotten worse over the last week. Now his lower lip is swollen with lots of pockets of pus. He doesn’t show any pain related to it. Should I take him to a vet, and is there anything they can do, or will it go away on it’s own eventually? I have a picture.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lesions are pretty much self limiting but you should visit your Veterinarian as secondary bacterial infection of any sores is concerning any may require antibiotic treatment especially when the swelling leads to issues eating and drinking. It is always best to check in with your Veterinarian in these cases to be on the safe side and to ensure that recovery isn’t prolonged. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Payton
Domestic Siamese Cat
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tongue Ulcer, Sneezing
Tongue ulcer

My cat (siamese) has had an upper respiratory infection which began out of the blue 2 months ago. She cleared up on her first course of antibiotics and steroids but soon after the course was over her symptoms returned. We went back to the vet who gave her another antibiotic injection, cortisone injection and 6 week course of steroids every 2nd day. I took her back to the vet a week ago for her check up and she still has one large mouth ulcer on the back of her tongue. We tested her for Feline Aids and Feline Leukaemia which she tested negative to both. The vet now wants to sedate her to do a biopsy and send bloods away to test specifically for the calicivirus. Any other opinions on what it could be and if she'll be ok? She's still hunting, loving, playing, eating as normal. I do however hear her sneeze once daily and i hear a blockage nasal passage when she eats. TIA

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for oral ulceration including infections (like calicivirus and others), chronic ulcerative paradental stomatitis, poisoning, other irritations, stress among other causes. Without examining Payton I cannot start to narrow in on any other specific cause; you should wait for the test results to come back and continue to give treatment as prescribed by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kittens
Kittens
4 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

ulcers in mouth

Medication Used

reglan, ampicillin, convonin shot,

I'm foster a cat and her kittens, they all got sick, no eating, losing wieght. Treated them with ampacillion, reaglan, and fuilds.(No, URI ever noted) Mom recovered and took her kittens back, two days later noticied ulcers in the kitten's mouth, dx calici. Vet gave them the two week antibiotic shot to ward off other viruses. Tube feeding and force feeding saved kittens and now thriving with syringe feeding, mom milk, and now eating some. Uclers are gone. Was able to keep other kittens I was bottle feeding and my personal cats from getting it. Wondering how long before they can be combined and/or put bottle kittens in the same area. Did a general cleaning but not total decontaimation thing. Maybe it wasn't calici and they were misdianogged?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Depending on literature, shedding of calicivirus may vary widely (some literature puts it at months), however if your cats have the core vaccines you should have nothing really to be concerned about; if you have any doubts you should consult with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Koneko
Siamese
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath
Red bleeding swollen gums

My cat has has extremely bad breath. Today I noticed discharge on her upper lip and made an appointment with the vet. She looked in her mouth and she has ulcers everywhere. She said that she can almost ganruntee it's feline leukemia. If I get the ulcers treated and keep her mouth maintained would I still need to put her to sleep?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible to treat Koneko's mouth and keep her healthy, even with feline leukemia. If you are not able to treat her mouth, however, and it doesn't' respond to therapy, she may be suffering and euthanasia may be the kindest thing for her. I assume that your veterinarian ran a test to confirm that she has feline leukemia, and if not, that would be a good idea, as it is a simple blood test.

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Lila
British Shorthair
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Crying when eating

My cat has a high apetite but she only eats a little then cries and runs away (be it dry food or wet food). She was previously on antibiotics but recovered; however, she still has a king of a small lump on her throat on the lymph nodes. The lump decreased and she was doing fine but today she decreased her apetite keeping everything else normal. Only crying when eating.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If she is showing some signs of pain whilst eating, there may be some dental issues or oral trauma which is making it painful to chew; also if there is a lump or growth in the throat region it may be painful for her to swallow. Without examining Lila I cannot say what the specific cause is, you should check inside the mouth for dental issues or retained teeth and visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Timmy
Half sianese,half DSH
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain on eating and opening mouth

Medication Used

None at present.

Hi,I have 3 cats and a dog,I have one female spayed cat,and 2 male castrated boys who are brothers.I have had issues with all 3 cats in the past,but one of my boy cats suffers with an allergic reaction that is seasonal every year.He appears with large bumps under his skin,in his back,which are extremely itchy,the form,burst,scab over,and go away..He then suffers with eosinophilic granuloma (rodent ulcer) on his top lips.All my cats are fully vaccinated against all illnesses provided by their vets every year,they are wormed regular,have flea treatment,are microchipped and insured.We are taking my boy with the mouth problems to the vets tomorrow,but some extra advice would not go amiss...last night my dad went to feed him with some chicken,he tried eating it,dropped it,and cried out in pain.I went to have a look in his mouth gently,and he screamed out in pain at me too..I could not see anything red and angry in his mouth,but I only got to look within a couple of seconds.I know he has possible stomatosis,but what is concerning me is my sister had a Persian cat,who started with what we thought was a mouth or tooth problem,which turned out to be aggressive mouth cancer,and within 6 weeks of finding it,she was put to sleep...my baby is 6 years old,and is a big chunky kitty...I have given him some metacam (meloxicam),and he has eaten a food pouch,but it is sloppy food...my question is do you think this is stomatosis through him..?? I love all my animals as my own children,so am very concerned about my boy..could you give me some advice as to what you think it is ? Any advice would be great...thanks andrea.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Stomatitis is a possible cause especially if all the gums are inflamed, however I cannot confirm or give you any assurances that is the diagnosis or that there isn’t any other condition which may be causing the red gums and pain response. For now ensure that Timmy is eating and drinking and visit your Veterinarian in the morning for a thorough examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Loona
DOMESTIC
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen lips, infection, redness

Medication Used

Antibiotics and morphine

Hi! My cat Loona is a 1 year-old cat. She (very) occasionnally get an infection of the mouth with swollen lip and redness (worse case with pus). The vet prescribed morphine and antibiotics and we tried many kind of food (anti allergenic, vegan) but it didn’t work. She still eats and play but she stays all swollen and redness... She can’t stay on this medication for too long... Is this more like an ulcer than an allergic reaction?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many causes for this type of reaction, including infection, and allergies. Loona may need steroids are allergy medication, or she may need antibiotics and pain medications. Since I cannot see her, it is difficult for me to comment on her condition, but since there are many possible causes, it might be worth a conversation with your veterinarian to see what it is that they are treating, whether it is working, and what the future plan might be.

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Pumpkin
Calico
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

The upper lip has been licked raw

Medication Used

Breathing through nose difficult

My cat has developed a red, raw, oozing nose. It now looks like there is a oozing hole in the middle if it and the skin is crusting and coming off. Is this caused by a problem originating from the mouth? Or something else? Help!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the red raw, oozing nose which may include infection, tumours, autoimmune disease among other causes; this is something you should visit your Veterinarian about as soon as possible if Pumpkin is having breathing difficulties. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pupa
Feline
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Too much saliva, bad smell

My cat has stopped eating from tommorow.he tries to eat but he cannot get food in his mouth.he also has some fungal infection in his tail and prostate. In this situation what can i do to make him eat or what should i give him to eat for his hunger.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Pupa, I can't say for sure what might be going on, but sometimes younger cats are affected by parasites or gum disease that can be very painful. He should see a veterinarian to get medications for whatever is going on in his mouth if it is to the point where he is too painful to eat.

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Tiger
American Short Hair
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Little to no bleeding

My cat has this wound on his mouth that goes from the bottom of his nose to the opening of his mouth, like his lip area. Instead of healing it looks like it is “growing” more sometimes it looks like it is bleeding. I just feel like it cannot be an ulcer I’ve been told it could be fungi but I also don’t think that is it. It does not look like he is hurt anywhere else but his mouth.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are conditions in cats that do cause ulceration around the mouth, including viruses, parasites, infection, and immune conditions. Since I cannot see Tiger to determine what the cause might be, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at him and recommend any treatment that he might need.

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Bambina
Exotic Persian
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

hypersalivation

My 12y cat Bambina had one tooth removed due to feline resorption and during the procedure the vet found what seemed to be a tumor under her tongue, all over the left extension. It looked like an ulcer or abscess. She took an XR and no other lesion were found on her body. Mandibular bones where also preserved. She removed the tooth and took samples to biopsy, we are still waiting for results. Here blood test were all ok. To our surprise Bambinas tongue is now looking completely different, with a transversal cut on almost half of her tongue, also on the side, seems like it is self destructing, She now has an esophaegic feeding tube to avoid her from using the mount and under antibiotics and anti-inflamatory. Sorry for my bad spelling, Im from Brasil. Please help me save my sweet Bambina! Thanks, Paula.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that is happening to Bambina, that is very sad. It seems at this point you are doing everything that you can to help her until you know what that tumor is and how to treat it. Once you have that information, you and your veterinarian can make decisions on what to do next to help her.

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Tinkerbell
Cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not to sure

My cat has a big bubble looking sore in her mouth under her tounge. She does lick herself after eating, but her fur looks not taken care of. She does eat little and she shows me lots of attention still but she does clean herself more around the mouth and eyes. I don't know what to do with little cash I can't take her in.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Tinkerbell of being able to examine her mouth, I don't really have any way to determine what might be going on, or if she needs treatment, unfortunately. Many clinics do offer free or discounted first exams, and there may be low cost clinics in your area, so that you can have her seen.

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Milkshake
Mix
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth sore
Vomiting
Cut

Yesterday I noticed that my cat had a pink outline near her mouth, it looked to me like all the hair had been pulled out or that she had cut herself somehow. This morning it looks very dark and black. It looks better than yesterday, but could that mean that it’s gotten worse? Also, my cat tends to vomit her food on a regular basis. I’ve changed up her food quite a bit, but she still tends to throw up from time to time, is this normal?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats do vomit occasionally, for different reasons, and if she is eating and drinking and generally doing well, you may not need to worry about the vomiting unless it becomes more frequent. Without seeing the area on her mouth that you are worried about, I have a hard time commenting on what might be going on, but if it does not improve or seems to be getting worse, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian.

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Bijou
Siamese
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Chewing

My cat makes a weird chewing noise on one side of their mouth on occasion. Her gums looks a little red and she has one blackhead near her gum. She is a very stressed cat and getting her in a carrier is near impossible could it be an infection

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Bijou it is difficult to say what the specific cause of the inflammation or irritation is; infections, irritations, trauma, cancer, chronic ulcerative paradental stomatitis among other causes may cause similar symptoms. Whilst it may be stressful to visit a Veterinarian, it would be in Bijou’s interest to get the issue diagnosed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Cancer? It could be cancer, not possible acne because as soon as I squeezed it she made the chewing noise, how can I treat it naturally

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Skimble
Domestic shorthair
10 Weeks
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Running Nose
Clingy
sore on tongue
Odor
bad breath
Chattering

My kitten has a normal appetite and normal behavior for the most part. He's drinking and eating hard food. He walks around almost chattering his teeth, so we opened his mouth and he has a red spot towards the tip of his tongue. He is also drooling more when happy/purring, and when eating. But he definitely doesn't want us touching around his mouth. He already does a poor job cleaning himself but now he has gotten worse and is starting to smell bad. What could this be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side; oral ulceration may be associated with infections (calicivirus for example) but you should visit your Veterinarian to examine Skimble to confirm and to determine whether any treatment is necessary or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiger
DOMESTIC
24 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth Lump

Tiger has a hard lump above one of his canine teeth. It is white in color and has an oder. It has been this way before and was resolved with antibiotics. He has a history of ulcers in his mouth but they have always been mild. I have added lysine to his wet food every meal to help the immune system. How concerned should I be especially since it has gotten better before on it's own? Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Tiger is eating well and doesn't seem painful, some infections in the mouth will resolve on their own. If the lesion seems to be worsening, or the odor becomes worse, or he doesn't want to eat or seems painful, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian for treatment.

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Jameson
DOMESTIC
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have taken my cat to an emergency animal clinic they said he had a cold/virus that he probably got from the kitten we just adopted from the shelter. They gave him amoxicillin and told us to follow up with out regular vet. Followed up and they had us come in then they gave him an injection of Convenia said that it was better then the amoxicillin. Now the next day of getting that he has a big bump on his tounge and sores on top of his mouth.what do i do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Mouth ulceration/sores may be an indicator of calicivirus which may initially appear with flu like symptoms, you should keep an eye on Jameson but visit your regular Veterinarian for another follow up if there is no improvement or the oral ulceration/sores cause pain whilst eating or drinking. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ichigo
Domestic Male cat
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sore gums refuse to eat dry food
Sore gums

My brother's cat refuses to eat dry food, he's lost weight, but when he attempts to eat dry food he will growl from pain of swallowing and run into the closet to hide. But he does just fine on wet food. He drinks water just fine as well. The back of his mouth his gums are red and swollen. I'm not sure what to do! I want this to pass, but what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for mouth ulceration in cats which may be due to infections (calicivirus), chronic ulcerative paradental stomatitis (CUPS) among other causes; without examining Ichigo I cannot say what the specific cause of the ulceration is but either way you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ickis
mixed
18 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth Odor

My female cat Ickis (18 yrs old) has been pawing at her mouth, I flushed it with water and she's still doing it, I don't see anything in her mouth, and I swiped my finger in her mouth and didn't feel anything either. She just started today.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ickis it is difficult to determine the cause of the mouth pawing, normally this is due to irritation to the oral cavity caused by injury, dental issues, irritation (chemicals, poisoning), tumours or other causes; without properly examining her I cannot say what the cause is and would suggest visiting your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you Dr. Turner, I had her to the vet today, it was an abscess tooth in the back. Antibiotics were prescribed and something (I forgot the name) to put on her gums that will also help with arthritis.

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Bella
American Short Hair
13 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen jaw bad breath drooling
Swollen jaw bad breath
Swollen Jaw

My cat is pretty old shes about 13 years old. Her behavior began to change about 2 months ago. She was playfully biting at our hands or playing with her toys. A month later she began losing weight & thats when we noticed she was having trouble eating. Her face is swollen on her right side of the face. Shes drooling & bleeds from her mouth if she eats dry food. She still can't eat. She was switched to wet food but to no success. She barely drinks. She was given an antibiotic shot & was on a week of antibiotics thereafter. She hasnt improved. Her mouth is still swollen, she has extremely bad breath,she lost so much weight i dont know how much longer she has or what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to determine the specific underlying cause for some conditions; infections, dental disorders, autoimmune diseases among others may lead to similar symptoms. If Bella isn’t eating, it may be worth trying to force feed her with some smooth wet food mixed with a little water applied slowly by syringe. See how she goes, but further examination may be needed by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Salem
Longhair
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pus and smell from mouth and pain
Pus and smell from mouth

Hello my brothers cat is experiencing pus coming from his mouth his tongue is dark pink and white. Also he has this awful smell of something dead coming from his mouth too.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is likely that Salem has poor dental hygiene and may require some extractions or other work, however without examining him I cannot say for certain; Salem needs to see a Veterinarian as soon as possible for a diagnosis and evaluation of which treatment would be best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
Domestic shorthair
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
high temperature
ulcers

Hi,
I have 2 10 month old cats, brother and sister. We have just taken the brother to the vets 2 days ago as he has ulcers which seem to have spread up his mouth and caused an infection oozing green gunk, he is drooling also. he is on antibiotics and pain killers, had a blood test which came back clear apart from a little inflammation which the vet thought was him fighting an infection. I have since noticed today, his sister has been very tired sleeping for the past few days, today however I checked her tongue and she has a couple of ulcers in her mouth now too, are ulcers infectious? She has no other symptoms such as dribbling or infection. Vet said blood test showed no virus? Thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many viruses that will not necessarily show up on a blood test, and Calicivirus is one that is spread between cats and causes ulcers in the mouth. If she is showing the same signs, she may need to be treated until her body can fight off the virus.

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Milo
domestic short hair
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

FCV, mouth leasions, eating difficulties
FCV, mouth leasions

Medication Used

Many rounds antibotics, steroids, Llysine

Milo was diaognosed with FCV a year ago and we have fighting the war since. I keep reading that it comes in flare ups but we have yet to see any really good days. Are there any current studies being conducted in TN or surrounding states?

The only way we can get him to eat is to put wet food with additional water and blend it until completely liquidfided. Any lumps will send him under the couch. We are also feeding him powdered food supplement (Pet Sure) daily. It takes all we can do to keep him at 5 lbs. On those days when we can not get him to eat I make a homeade Pedialite made of boiled water, sugar, salt and backing soda to help perk him up. Have you heard of this and could it cause long term issues? None of our 3 vets heard of it.

The only symptoms he suffers from is mouth lessons (corner of mouth along with fowl odor) thankfully but looking for help to get to those times (if any can be had) of a break in the "flare ups". None of the antibotics or weekly shots of steroids and anti-inflammatory supply any relief or improvement. Hence why I am seeking any studies being conducted or new ideas. There is 1 med that helps for a few days but can not give often as it is not good for kidneys or eyesight. Metha something but can read rx .3 ml daily for 5 days.

He is in good health otherwise and quality of life is still good which is why I fight the war! He is 100% indoors and he has a brother (not litter mate) that has no issues even after a year of living together. Both were rescued at 8 weeks and had the full workup day of rescue.

Any tips, direction, advise would be appreciated. Don't have many vets to choose from where we live for cats and they are not willing to read up and help us much more.

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Taco
Russian Blue
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

hissing
Tired
Red spot
Smelly saliva

Hello, my family and I took in a new kitten. He was found in our neighbors carport and has been living with us 2 weeks. He is very playful and likes to bite. We thought he was younger, so we were holding off to get him neutered for about a month or so. Well last night he started all the sudden growling and hissing if we tried to touch him. So we took him to the vet. We found out he is probably 6 months old. But the reason I am writing to you, is the vet said they are not sure what is wrong with him, but he does have a red spot in his mouth. Also his saliva has been stinky.
Do you have any ideas of what could be wrong with him? Is everything related?

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Kitten
domestic short hair
8 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dropping Stool As Walks
bad breath
ulcers

I got a kitten on Friday and Saturday morning I noticed that she had really bad breath and was drooling. I opened her mouth and on her tongue she has a spot that looks raw, not sure if it is a ulcer or not. She ate a little bit of dry food Friday night, a little bit Saturday and some wet food. I put water in her dry food and she has eaten like three kibbles. I gave her wet food tonight and she ate that. Her energy level was low yesterday but seems better today. The lady I got her from said that she started them on dry food. So I don’t think she slowly transitioned them to hard food. Can dry food cause it to be raw and then smell or is something else going on? I’m just not sure what to do.

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Tink
ASH
21 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Strange drinking behavour

Medication Used

Subcue fluids
Methamazole,
Tramadol

My 21 year old cat has developed the strangest behaviour when drinking water. She doesn't lap it up with her tongue any longer. She puts her whole muzzle into the water and when she pulls it out she kind of sucks water in. Then she snorts to clear her nose. She repeats this often over up to 10 mins. Have you ever seen this behaviour? Could it be an ulcer on her tongue, making her not want to stick her tongue out? She has been on liquid methamazole (hyperthyroid) for 3 years now could it be irratating her mouth/tongue?

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Arya
Medium hair
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Redness around mouth
Swollen upper lips

My cat has normal eating habits and normal behavior but her upper lips are swollen. She has some redness around her mouth and is drooling a lot as well. I opened her moutb but there are no sores or ulcers and it didn't hurt her when I did it. What should I do? It's making me really nervous

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Kayla, I can't diagnose what might be going on with her, but cats do get inflammatory conditions that require treatment, and if she is drooling it is probably bothering her. It would be best to book an appointment with her veterinarian and have her examined. I hope that she is okay.

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Maya
American long hair (calico color)
10
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Teeth
Heart murmer
gums
mouth

My cat, Maya has displayed pain when yawning and her gums are very swollen and red. She has become very thin however still has a decent appetite. I have seen her go and hide after eating though. I took her to the vet and they tested her blood for hyperthyroidism, anemia, kidney and liver failure but all results came back fine. Now the vet wants to test her for gastrointestinal issues and congestive heart failure however, I think he is on the wrong track because he isn't taking into account the fact she has pain in her mouth and didn't even check for mouth for ulcers he only looked at her teeth and said she has periodontal disease. Also last year, several of my cats got a bad virus and one of them had a corneal ulcer. I'm pretty sure they had FHV even though they didn't test them for that. Maya only had a mild case but she did gag every time she purred. It went away after a week. Looking back I wonder if she didn't have a mouth ulcer then too. Can the mouth ulcer be related to FHV and could she still have the virus in her system a year later or do you think that it sounds more like recurring ulcers, mouth inflammation and feline stomatitis? When the vet looked at her teeth and said she had didn't think that stomatitis was a progressed form of periodontal disease, I thought it was an autoimmune inflammatory response to plaque. What are your thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3318 Recommendations
There are various causes for oral ulceration in the mouth and need to be considered along with other conditions including infections (feline herpes virus or calicivirus), CUPS (Chronic Ulcerative Paradental Stomatitis), chemical irritation among other causes; oral ulcers and corneal ulcers are suggestive of feline herpes virus which may have gone around last year. If you believe your Veterinarian is not on the right path, you should take Maya into another Veterinarian for a check over to see if you get a different opinion as it would be cheaper than going down a diagnostic path you don’t believe in. Without examining Maya, I cannot give you any useful input on this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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