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Tato’s summer was not the best. He spent his time between his new house and mine hoping to be able to eat. Not that any of us denies him food. But he has been suffering growing pain in the mouth or throat. I didn’t know at first. But I kept seeing him around in the evenings and nights. Sometimes he would nibble and suddenly rush out screaming.

The neighbour that had adopted him had told me one day the symptoms and that he would try to bring him to the vet. So I didn’t really worry. By the time the winter had come, the neighbour had left, Tato was back with us. I could then see that he was not able to eat dry food and only some non greasy canned foods. That he was in pain when swallowing and in fact he was even scared of food. As a result for the first time he was in shape. But that means many days without anything in his stomach.

I took him to a vet, a new one who had interesting prices, in particular for dental care. They did a mouth cleansing and diagnosed stomatitis, a chronic oral disease in cats. The cleaning didn’t work as I hoped for. The pain continued.

So I brought him to my usual vet who warned me it, stomatitis could be triggered by Fel-V. We did the tests and it came out that Tato is Fel-V Positive.

We are no longer a household of 100% healthy cats. Tato is Fel-V positive, and suspicions are that Bagheera is too. It is a condition that has no remedy. So now I need to make sure he doesn’t go out there and fights. He has never been that kind although for a short period here he was trying to make space for him and he got willingly into trouble.

About Stomatitis:

Story at-a-glance

  • Feline stomatitis, despite the odd name, is actually a painful chronic oral disease in cats.
  • The condition is thought to be autoimmune in nature. In cats with the disease, the immune system overreacts to dental plaque, which triggers an often overwhelming inflammatory response in the tissues of the mouth, throat and even underlying bone.
  • Since feline stomatitis is very painful, symptoms in kitties can include behavior changes and reluctance to eat, which can trigger dehydration, weight and muscle loss. Other signs of the disease include excessive drooling, extremely bad breath and pawing at the mouth.
  • Treatment for advanced cases of feline stomatitis involves full mouth extraction of the teeth. As drastic as this option seems, it’s the only way to provide long-term relief and a return to good health for cats suffering with the disease.
  • It is possible to proactively prevent and manage mild to moderate cases with routine home dental care, regular professional exams and cleanings, feeding an anti-inflammatory diet, and use of supplements and other natural agents to control systemic inflammation and promote oral health.

Right now Tato has anti-inflammatory injection when things get really bad. The amount of drooling is a sure indicator. The injection and some appropriate medication is so far enough to keep things under control.  That is, enable Tato to eat.

However, I “melt” his specific dry food with hot water. And mix it with, preferably, Tuna and the cann’s salty water. Better soup-like than dry. That means he waits for  me to give him his specific food. He can serve him-self from baby food because it is tinny and also because he always preferred that sort of all dry food we have, anyway!

So far, we’re doing ok. But I guess one day we will do as said above, remove the back teeth.

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