Post # 1
I’m wondering if any other cat owners have any experience with this.
My gorgeous little 3 year old Murphy started running away from his food bowl at the beginning of last week. I decided to leave it a couple of days and keep any eye on it. Subsequently when it got to day 2 I made an appointment with the vet who said his gums were quite badly inflamed. He stated he would be in alot of pain and very sore. He thought it might be stomatitis (I’m told he’s a worse case scenario vet) and gave him a couple of shots of antibiotics and an anti-inflamatory ( a weeks worth). Murphy seemed to perk up the next day and is actually eating more. We were told to bring him back a couple of days later to see how things were doing. The vet checked his mouth over and said the inflammation had gone from the front of his gums but was still quite bad at the back (I witnessed this myself). However, he no longer thinks its stomatitis. Murphy is due in for another 2 shots on Saturday morning and then he’ll be back for another checkup (might be a case of removing the back teeth).
The vet thought that he could be allergic to something. I mentioned (and this is the kicker) that since I adopted him I have been using a dental spray on his food every day as a preventative (I know). The vet said he may well be allergic to it and this could be causing the problem. He advised not using it (I had stopped using it as was worried this was the cause). He also said that the dental sprays and gels are a “marketing tool” and very rarely have any effect other than freshning the breath (save myself a few quid there then).
Has anyone experienced this with their cat at all? Has there been a defining outcome? I thought we were going to lose him as the vet said stomatitis is virtually untreatable and the cat can live a life of pain. Thank god it’s not the case.
Any help is appreciated. On a lighter note – my 9 year old Calico Queen, Kizzie had terrible gingtivitus which was dealt with before we adopted her and she’s fine!!
Post # 2
My dog had a really badly infected tooth/gums which was basically just from bad teeth so she will need to have teeth out eventually so I would guess that your cat has the same thing. My dog needed to be on antibiotics for about a month to clear the infection completely.
Post # 3
I would suspect a tooth issue, possibly tooth resorption? It’s usually hard to see until it’s progressed really far, and the symptoms are what you describe.
Obviously listening to your vet is a great plan, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out it’s actually not an allergy
Post # 4
skyeatnight: I adopted a cat with stomatitis. We ended up pulling all of his teeth except the canines. He needed to be on regular medicine to keep the inflammation down, but it didn’t interfere with his quality of life at all! I always gave him soft food, but he’d gum down dry food like it was nobody’s business!
I hope you figure out what’s wrong with your kitty If he does end up needing his teeth pulled, it won’t be the end of the world for him(believe you me, I wasn’t sure how my cat would acclimate to it, and it was like he didn’t even notice). Shop around for a vet who will do it for a reasonable price. The first vet I went to wanted to send me to a cat dentist who was going to charge me $1200. I found another office that did the exact same thing themselves for $120.
Post # 5
skyeatnight: One of our cats, Ophelia, had sore abcessed gums and overgrown teeth. She had 6 of her teeth removed but is SO HAPPY now. A completely different cat. We found her outside so apparently the problem had been stewing for awhile and during her initial exams the vet didn’t noticed. We got a new vet and presto – gum issues resolved. Happy cat.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
<3 Just dropping by to spread love and appreciation to all you wonderful pet owners that take your animals to the vet when they are sick. This is very refreshing after yesterday’s very sad post!
Post # 7
When our cat was only 1 the vet said he had inflammed gums. He told us it was Gingivitis. He advised us to give our cat less wet food and more dry food. Mainly because the dry food is good for getting rid of tooth decay.
We did that and his gums are 100% better. BUT my aunty had a cat who had severe gingavitis and got extremley sick, leading to the cat getting teeth removed. Yet the cat nearly died due to how infected and inflammed the gums were.
I would focus on what the cat eats and have dry food available 24/7. And plenty of water.
I really hope your cat gets the right treatment it deserves and I hope it has a speedy recovery 🙂
Post # 8
Thank you ladies for all your lovely advice and help. I read your comments and spoke to the vet re gingtivitus (which he said it is not), stomatitis -which may be the case and require some teeth being pulled. I can live with stomatitis as long as Murphy can. I am willing to try anything.
The vet checked his gums again yesterday and the inflammation hasn’t gone down. The steroid injection is raising his appetite. There was me thinking that he was eating more because he was better too.
On futher examination he has decided to test for FIV, FeLV and collitis. I had pointed out that his “third eye” has been visiable almost from the day we adopted him. He was an unneutered stray for about a year before the shelter picked him up. When we adopted him I asked the shelter why there was no FIV or FeLV testing done and they said he had no symptoms pointing towards this and his teeth and gums were healthy(!!).
My major concern (despite it being for Murphy) is that I have a 9 year old cat in the house. The vet seemed a little concerned by this but said we should get him tested and rule it out ASAP before we move forward. So, Murphy goes back tomorrow for blood testing and a mouth swab.
Wish him luck ladies (he’s my little bambino). I’ll keep you posted.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods
skyeatnight: I have a cat, Lucky, that has stomatitis and has for years (at least 4). It doesn’t have to be a death sentence. Lucky was my mom’s cat, and when she died my husband and I took him in because we knew a 9 year old black cat with autoimmune gum disease would have no chance of adoption (my mom had 6 cats, we already had 2 of our own, we couldn’t take them all). When my mom had him he’d had trouble eating. He could only eat wet food and sometimes wouldn’t even eat that, was losing a lot of weight and was in a lot of pain, but the dental surgery was too expensive for her.
When we adopted him we took him to his vet and to understand his treatment routine. He gets cortisone shots every 6 weeks or so and we give him an oral antibiotic daily for two weeks on then two weeks off. At 9 years old we felt a over $1K surgery was impratical, especially because since we adopted him his health has improved dramatically. He always has rancid breath and cannot chew dry food, but but he is comfortable. He’s happy, active, playful and loving. We’ve even been able to reduce to cortisone shot to every few months. I have experience in wild animal care, so giving him the antibiotic is no problem for me, which may have been why his health improved so dramatically (my mom has problems giving him his oral medicine). He even eats dry food now, by using his mouth suck it up and toss it up in the air, catch it and swallow it whole. We buy our kitties premium food, which my mom also didn’t do, which may be a factor too.
If you find your cat has stomatitis, don’t give up! It may take time, but there are treatment routines that work well enough for your cat to have a happy, active life. Lucky will never be pain free (or have nice smelling breath- he likes to give face kisses at night, eww lol) but he’s happy and active and it was so worth it to give him the chance to get better. he’s actually the most active of all of our cats. Also, none of my mom’s other cats nor our cats have even shown any signs of the disease, and they’ve lived with him for years and share dishes and water bowls. Here’s a token pic of our baby Lucky (excuse the mess, we were moving, and for some reason the WB turns the pic sideways and won’t let me change it right side up, sorry. He’s still adorable sideways though.):