Gumpy Cat? Is Your Cat Suffering From Gingivostomatitis?
Source: Express, UK
Is your cat suffering from gingivostomatitis?
Question: MY eight-year-old cat isn't eating.
She backs away from food and hisses as though in pain.
My vet has recommended tooth extraction but can't guarantee permanent success.
Answer: Your cat sounds as though she is suffering from the common condition gingivostomatitis.
The signs are mouth pain and difficulty in eating.
There is usually a lot of inflammation at the gums, especially around the molar teeth and in the soft palate.
There are several theories as to the cause. These include an overactivity of the immune system to certain viruses and an extension of tooth and gum disease.
I agree with the recommendation of your vet and endorse the caution as to whether your cat will be cured.
Most vets recommend either total teeth extraction, or at least of those adjacent to the inflamed areas.
Don't worry if your cat will eat after losing teeth as they can cope very well without any teeth at all.
Total teeth extraction has a cure rate of approximately 80 percent.
That unfortunately leaves 20 percent that will need some chronic anti-inflammatory treatment.
David Grant MBE was a vet at the RSPCA Harmsworth Hospital for Animals.
Write to him at: Express Yourself, 10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EN. He is unable to enter into individual correspondence.