Your RagaMuffin Kitten’s Dental Health

Stomatitis in cats is a painful condition where the soft tissues in the kitty’s mouth become irritated and inflamed.  It can get so severe that your poor kitty is literally drooling blood.  Stomatitis can affect the cat’s gums, tongue cheek, tongue, and palate. Cats can also get caudal stomatitis.  This is a severe type where the area in the throat is affected and it can be a life-threatening condition.  If the inflammation is severe, it is so painful to your kitty that he or she will not/cannot eat. 

 

 

 

 

 

Caudal Stomatitis – if you look at the photo above you can see folded “crypts” that allow bacteria and viruses to hide.  This results in the stimulation of the immune system to propagate continued inflammation.

Symptoms of Stomatitis in Cats

  • Pain

  • Bad breath

  • Ulcerated soft tissue in the mouth

  • Excessive drooling

  • Lack of appetite

  • Weight loss

Cause of Stomatitis in Cats

Veterinarians are not positive about the cause of this awful disease however, some metabolic disorders can cause the disease in cats including abnormal amounts of waste products in the bloodstream, inflammation of the blood vessels in the kitty’s mouth (which is common with diabetes), lymphoma and inadequate levels of the parathyroid hormone.  Veterinary dentists believe there may be an association with feline calicivirus, as well as FIV.  In certain tests, it appeared that most cats with the disease are chronic carriers of feline calicivirus, but there is no foolproof evidence of this theory.  Some veterinarians believe that gingivitis and stomatitis are the same diseases and that stomatitis is just a more severe form.  If you have a kitten with gingivitis, it would be prudent to have the kitten’s teeth professionally cleaned twice a year, as well as do teeth cleaning at home.