Stomatitis in Cats

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Orange Boy
This is the cat, Orange boy

I have rescued 12 kittens that have come around here all starved and wild. They were from different litters but they just have to be somewhat related. Two years ago, I took one of the kittens in for her check up and they discovered that she had a slight case of Stomatitis. I had no idea what that was, and the vet said to just wait and see what happened. I did notice that this particular cat had trouble eating sometimes but then she would start eating again, so I didn’t do anything about it.

Then I took in 3 more kittens and one of them has rodent ulcers which I will go into on another blog but she also has stomatitis. Now I have another cat, Orange Boy that I just took to the vet two days ago because every time he took a bite of food, he would run backwards like something had bitten him. And they think he may have stomatitis.

So I came home and did some research to find out what this is all about.
This stomatitis is a chronic disease of the mouth, an inflammation of the gums and is usually at the back of the mouth. It is also known as ‘feline gingivostomatitis’. The primary feature of the disease is severe inflammation of the gums where they touch the teeth. So that is why Orange boy, every time he took a bite of food would act like something had bitten him.

The exact cause is unknown, but it is primarily thought that some cats may have a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to bacterial plaque. There isn’t any proof but it is thought it might be connected to the feline leukemia virus, but no studies have proven this. And Orange boy and the other kittens were all tested and have had the shots to prevent feline leukemia.

If the chronic stomatitis is due to plaque intolerance, then the plaque needs to be removed and kept off. You can do this by getting your vet to do a regular teeth cleaning at least every six months. The teeth may need to be extracted in the case of a severe periodontal disease.

You can try to brush your cat’s teeth at home if your cat will let you. I do not believe any of mine would let me do that. So good luck.

Another thing is good nutrition. Maybe even a vitamin supplement since these cats may not eat as much as they should because of their sore mouths.

Now on the cat Orange Boy, they gave him a antibiotic shot which is great because I don’t have to give pills. And today he is eating like a pig. So I will just have to wait the time until the shot wears off and see how he is. But it did work, which is great.


Comment from: Mohammad Mustafa Ahmedzai [Visitor] Email ·
Hi Marg!

I was just feeling bore so I decided why shouldn't I visit your blog!
Well Its really nice of you to have saved the lives of those little kitties. It's really hard to see someone in hunger and thirst even if it is an animal. You did a great job rescuing them. And no doubt you are the best person to be asked on how to feed an animal.

Marg I want to see the images of all your pets fromm kitties to doggies and that donkey as well which I saw two months ago :D
I will be waiting to see that beautiful photo of all your pet-animals
05/13/09 @ 18:44
Comment from: Cat with a Garden [Visitor] ·
What a nasty disease! We just found out that little Chilli already has beginnings of tartar at her very yound age. Some catblogosphere friends recommended an oral gel based on encymes to break down the plaque. Apparently you only give it to the cat, without the need to brush their teeth. Mom is checking this with our vet and then we'll give it a try.
11/14/09 @ 09:32
Comment from: Kidspeak [Visitor]
People get stomatitis, too (ask me how I know! It is not fun.) I wonder if what helps people would also help cats? There is a topical medication, triamcinolone, that helps, but I can't imagine putting it in a cat's mouth! Another thing that sometimes helps humans is to eat yogurt, or something that has acidophilus bacteria in it. Lactaid milk contains that - though of course, milk isn't the greatest thing for cats. There are also chewable tablets containing the stuff, that might be put in a pill pocket and eaten. I'd check with a vet before trying any of these things. However, I can vouch that they are very helpful for humans.
01/29/10 @ 00:18
Comment from: Katie Isabella [Visitor]
Madiodacat had that and all of his teeth were drawn soon after his mom and dad adopted him. She has his story on a tab on her blog as info for kitties suffering with it.
07/25/12 @ 17:09

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