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.