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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

Coco
moggie
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Moo moo
mixed
6 Months
Serious condition
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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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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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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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Frankie
Siamese
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bo
tabby
8 Months
Mild condition
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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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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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MUFFIN
Persian
6 Months
Mild condition
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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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Cubby
Street recovery cat
12 Years
Serious condition
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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

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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
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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Alfred
British Blue
7 Months
Fair condition
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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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Luna
Mix
7 Months
Mild condition
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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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Tanner
Short haired stray
3 Years
Moderate condition
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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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Rory
American Shorthair
1 Year
Mild condition
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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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Moana
Persian
2 Months
Moderate condition
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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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toby
DOMESTIC
10 Years
Moderate condition
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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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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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Quincy
Siamese mix
8 Years
Moderate condition
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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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Gizmo
American Shorthair
13 Years
Serious condition
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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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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
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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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Tiger Wood
Tabby short hair
12 years
Fair condition
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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
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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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Matilda
short hair
12 + years
Serious condition
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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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Kitten
Norwegian Forest
13-14
Fair condition
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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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