I recently had a consult for a pet sitting job where one of the cats has been diagnosed with Stomatitis.To better be able to care for this kitty I did some research on this illness.The information is worth sharing.
Stomatitis is is an inflammation of the oral cavity and can be very painful and even life-threatening.It is not that uncommon and can affect all breeds of cats. Symptoms include bad breath, red and inflamed gums and difficulty eating and swallowing. Many cats with Stomatitis have tooth resorption. The disease is easy to diagnose but treatment can be difficult and painful. The treatment will depend on the stage of the disease and its severity as well as the cat's pain tolerance. It is also dependent on the owner's ability to provide home care, such as daily tooth brushing or rinsing of the oral cavity.
In some cases extraction of all the teeth plus affected inflamed tissues is required. In other cases, a combination of medical, surgical and homeopathic therapies are used.
If you suspect your cat has oral issues, please get him or her to your veterinarian as soon as possible.
If caught early, chances of eliminating the disease and restoring the cat to a healthy state, are very good. And in fact, even if cats are rendered toothless, they can still eat and enjoy a good quality of life.