Our sweet Moosey has the juvenile onset form of Feline Stomatitis which occurs in kittens between three and five months of age as there permanent teeth erupt. By nine months, the condition is significant. You will see by the pictures that he has a most severe case. Our early estimates for his procedure will be around $1,500. We are pleading his case in hopes of donations towards his surgery. Help our little dude to grow up happy and healthy!
What is Feline Stomatitis?
Feline Stomatitis is a painful chronic oral disease in cats. The cat’s immune system overreacts to dental plaque, triggering an overwhelming inflammatory response in the mouth, throat and underlying bone. It is extremely painful causing behavior changes, reluctance to eat causing dehydration, weight and muscle loss. They will also show signs of excessive drooling, extreme bad breath and pawing at the mouth.
Treatment for advanced cases involves full mouth extraction of the teeth. Although this may seem drastic, it’s the only way to provide long-term relief and a return to health.
Familiarizing you kitten early with touching of the mouth, lips, opening the mouth and touching gums and teeth will help you to recognize any changes and allow them to be regularly checked without issue. Regular check-ups with your vet are also important. You may not see plaque or tartar on the teeth, and yet the entire gum line is angry red showing more commonly in the premolars and molars.
If juvenile onset stomatitis is caught early, some do respond to intensive medical management including brushing teeth, regular vet dental cleanings and aggressive control of plaque and tartar buildup.
Unfortunately, by the time the disease is noticed, there are ulcerations on the roof of the mouth, tongue, lips and/or throat. The cat will have real difficulty eating, drinking and swallowing not to mention the severe pain. At this point, the kindest option for treatment is a full mouth extraction – removing all of the cat’s teeth. This should be done by an experienced veterinary dentist using x-rays to be sure all roots have been successfully removed.