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Feline Stomatitis and How to Prevent it and Treat it

Feline stomatitisFeline stomatitis is a condition which is becoming more common at much earlier ages. Cats as young as a year old are succumbing to this serious problem. Why is it so prevalent now and what can you do to prevent it or treat it?

Stomatitis is a mouth disease. The mouth become inflamed, causing redness, swelling, pain and infection. Rawness, which is tender to touch, and ulcers can appear. If it continues, the next problem is that the teeth can become loose. This is serious stuff for a cat. It rarely happens in the wild. If it did, cats would not have survived to the present day.

When you talk to older or retired veterinarians, they will tell you that they never had to treat feline stomatitis. In the intervening 50 odd years, what has changed to now make this such a common problem?

Two major changes have occurred – diet and veterinary care.

Let’s examine each separately.

Cats are hunters. When they eat their prey, they fully use their sharp teeth to hold and to crunch up all parts of the body. Their mouth was designed, or has evolved, to perfect this action. The crunching action effectively cleans their teeth and massages their gums. This action keeps their mouth in perfect condition.

The domestic cat has a very different diet. Commercial cat food abounds, and nearly all cats are now fed this, in the mistaken belief that it is the best food for them. Soft food doesn’t support the health of the mouth in any way at all. It leads to gum disease.

Hard biscuits, often advertised as being good for the mouth, has little or no effect, although you might expect it to. This is borne out by the fact that most cats are fed hard biscuits, but stomatitis in cats has never been so prevalent.

Diet is complicated. It isn’t just the texture of the food that is important for the health of the mouth. The quality of the food is also important. The quality supplies the essential nutrients, which ensure healthy tissue. This is lacking in the majority of commercial cat foods.

It’s important to supply your cat with a diet very similar to the one they evolved on, for nutritional value, for mental health, for digestive health and for the health of their mouth.

Veterinary care has become such a large industry that many practices have less concern for the health of their patients than they have for the health of their bank balance. Some veterinary schools now teach their students how to maximise their profits, whatever the consequences are for the animals.

Professional veterinary associations which, in most countries, vets must join to legally practice, have a strict code of practice. In general, this does not allow the members to speak freely on such matters as alternative therapies or medication.

Yet all veterinary medication has two enormous problems. They are all toxic to the liver. And they all suppress the symptoms, and so the immune system. This creates further health problem in the not too distant future.

The veterinary treatment of feline stomatitis is to first prescribe antibiotics. When this doesn’t work, even with stronger drugs or for extended periods of time, cortisone is used. As neither of these drugs address the cause of the problem, in most cases the diet, the condition is not resolved.

Sooner or later, it will return. And then surgery is suggested, with many teeth removed. While this drastic measure does mean that your cat no longer has a tooth problem, it doesn’t always prevent gum disease. As with all surgery, it also carries dangers.

It is not uncommon for vets to prop open the mouth too wide during surgery, causing great pain for an extended period afterwards.

The alternatives are much less drastic, not dangerous at all and are much more cost expensive. First, sort out the diet, whatever the stage of the problem, this is a priority. Unless you have to act immediately because your cat won’t eat, it is best to wait and see what effect this has. In many cases, it can completely cure the problem.

If the condition is dire, if your cat is in too much pain to eat, then you need to provide some treatment. The best curative treatment for feline stomatitis, as for any other condition, is homeopathic. This approach treats the unique expression of your cat’s ails, is gentle, non-toxic, easy to administer and most important of all, is effective by stimulating the immune system.

And the icing on the cake is that the treatment is well within the financial scope of most people.

Learn how to feed your cat to prevent this condition.

  • Stacey Hodge says:

    I have a cat that suffers from this and would love to treat it with homeopathic treatments, but can’t find info on what to give her. Would you know what can help? I am a very big believer in natural treatments!!!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm
  • Madeleine Innocent says:

    Health care is complicated. In homeopathy, there is no one treatment for any condition, because the whole animal must be considered. I suggest you consult with a homeopath. You may be able to find one near you from this global list.

    August 10, 2012 at 8:59 am
  • Bill Gazitano says:

    I am also looking for options. My cat is only 18 months old and is schecduled for a dental cleaning that will likely include the loss of at least 5 teeth and they make it sound like he could lose all of them, if not now, eventually. I have 7 cats in my house, the others are all older and none of them have the same problem. Can anyone suggest an alternate option that is effective and less drastic?

    February 19, 2013 at 3:53 am
  • Madeleine Innocent says:

    18 months old is far too young for such a drastic fate. My suggested diet can reverse stomatitis and so avoid surgery.

    February 19, 2013 at 10:45 am
  • Brittany Honeyman says:

    My 13 year old kitty had all her teeth except her canines removed because her stomatitis is so bad. The infection has returned, and she can’t eat more than two bites of food at a time without being in agonizing pain. Neither the vet nor I want to put her on long term steroids because of the associated risk factors, but I don’t know what else to do for her. She needs to eat and can’t because of the pain. Will the diet you suggest still help her even though she has already had her teeth removed? She is an otherwise healthy and happy cat, and I can’t stand the thought of putting her to sleep just because of her teeth. Thank you for your help.

    June 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm
  • Madeleine Innocent says:

    I hear stories like this all the time. Vets don’t treat the cause, their measures only treat the effect, and often not very effectively. I suggest that you seek out homeopathic help for your cat as she is in dire straits at the moment. Homeopathy (from a good practitioner) works very well, even on seemingly hopeless cases.
    Having got her through the immediate problem of pain, then it is imperative that you change her diet to a more natural one, otherwise, the problem will only recur.
    Please see my ‘consultations’ in the menu above for my details.
    You may prefer to find someone through this list of global organisations.

    June 17, 2013 at 8:56 am
  • Jennifer Fitzgerald says:

    Hi Madeleine. I have been meaning to thank you for a while for giving me the same advice as you have given on this site. In Dec/12 I had just adopted a 5 month old kitten from a local rescue when I noticed that he had bad breathe and didn’t crunch his dry food like my 7 yr old cat. I knew this was a problem and when I went for my free vet check the vet looked at his gums and told me he probably had stomatitis and gave me some print outs on what to expect. She also told me to return him to the rescue! I’m a long time believer of alternative medicine and so off I went searching for a solution on the internet. Early January is when I came across you and when I emailed you I was so impressed when you emailed me back within 15 mins from Australia!! You had given me the same advice as I see here – raw food and chicken necks, plus I bought and downloaded your E Book. At first I made up my own raw food (bits of chicken, livers, beef, fish oil, spirulina etc) and then I remembered that you could buy frozen, ground patties of raw food (for cats made locally and a variety of meat and fish with bits of bone in it) from a pet food store in town AND they sold frozen “tiny” chicken necks! So now Cooper is just turning 1 yr old in 1 day and his meals consist of 1/3 – 1/2 cup of ground meat (I get the “variety” pack) for breakfast and for dinner I cut up one tiny chicken neck into 3 pieces and he eats anywhere from 1 – 3 pieces depending on his appetite. If I’m forgetful and forget to defrost some chicken necks and for maybe 2 days he doesn’t have the chicken neck (just the ground meat), he’s back to bad breathe again!

    I’m so glad I started him so young (he loved this food from day 1 (he likes it from the fridge). Day 1 when I gave him the chicken neck he was in heaven, his eyes got all dream like and he was chewing away! I remember thinking “You won’t crunch the kibble because your gums hurt but with the chicken neck you sure don’t act like a cat with sore gums!”

    So once again, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

    Ps. Cooper hasn’t been back to the vet since his free check in Dec/12! He’s full of vim and vigor being a crazy little kitten.

    July 4, 2013 at 11:15 pm
  • Madeleine Innocent says:

    When people ‘get it’, a whole new whole of health opens up! Well done! Healthy, quality, natural food is the key to good health. For everyone.

    July 8, 2013 at 9:54 am
  • Leslie Marlowe says:

    I am interested and have a cat with Stomatitis. I’d like to know– Is there currently any documentation noting successes using Homeopathy for cats with Stomatitis????

    September 25, 2013 at 12:56 am
  • Madeleine Innocent says:

    Probably, but I don’t know where. Every disease has complicated origins, and each individual is different. So no two cats can be treated the same. However, diet is the number one reason why cats get stomatitis in the first place. Start addressing that and everything starts coming right. My ebook explains the best diet for optimal health that is easy for the human as well as healthy for the cat! In the early stages, this can completely cure the problem. More advanced stages will need the services of a homeopath.

    September 30, 2013 at 9:41 am
  • alisa williford says:

    Thank you for helping our dear sweet cats. Does “all” the food need to be raw meat or can some be cooked? Could you also use Science Diet in with this food? Thanks, ALisa

    November 6, 2013 at 1:48 am
  • Madeleine Innocent says:

    Science diet, along with all the commercial pet food, is hazardous to the health of cats.

    November 7, 2013 at 8:55 am
  • fannie says:

    I feed my cat Blue Buffalo. Is this a good dry food? She will not eat
    wet food.

    November 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm
  • Madeleine Innocent says:

    In my experience, there is no commercial cat food that is healthy. Dry food is one of the worst things that could ever have happened to cats collectively, as they are semi desert animals and so don’t drink much naturally. This means that ALL cats fed dry food are likely to be chronically dehydrated.

    November 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm
  • fannie says:

    She drinks plenty of water, and urinates several times a day.
    She also has periods when she will symptoms of allergies runny nose sneezing ect.
    I think she may be allergic to cat nip even the organic brands.the symptoms
    occur after she eats or sniffs it and last about two weeks. I often have to give her allergy medicine for about one week. This is no easy task. Is there an easy to administer medicine to cats? Skittles sure puts up a good fight and I’m usually on the loosing end. Thank You :)

    November 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm
  • Madeleine Innocent says:

    You need to shift the way you are thinking. Think what causes the problem, rather than struggling to medicate (and so mask) the symptom. Cats dislike meds, so why force them on her? She is the only one who knows what is happening inside her.Food is the main cause of allergies.
    Even a cat who drinks a lot can still be dehydrated as the water doesn’t hydrate them.

    November 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm
  • Elinor says:

    I now feed my 2 yr old -all white neutered male cat half a can of wet food once in morning and once at night, and a dry cat food called Orijen Regional Red. So this dry cat food is 80 red meat, fish & egg ingredients, 20 fruits, vegetables, and botanicals, and 0 grain, potato, or GMO.
    Let me copy the ingredients for the readers:
    With crude protein of 40%- Ingredients are IN ORDER as follows:
    Boneless wild boar, boneless lamb, boneless beef, beef liver, boneless pork, whole herring,pork liver, beef meal, lamb meal, herring meal, salmon meal, pollock meal, lamb fat, green lentils, chickpeas, red lentils, bison, whole egg, yellow peas, beef tripe, herring oil, lamb liver, beef kidney, alfalfa, kelp, pumpkin, butternut squash, spinach greens, carrots, apples,pears, cranberries, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, mixed ocopherols, chicory root, dandelion root, chamomile, peppermint leaf, ginger root, caraway seeds, tumeric, rose hips, choline chloride, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, freeze dried lamb liver, freeze dried beef liver, freeze dried wild boar liver, freeze dried tripe. dried Eneterococcus faercium fermentation product. It is obviously low glycemic and the first 10 ingredients of premium animal source. Ingredients and food preserved naturally, no DHA, BHT or Ethoxyquin added. Of all the foods on the market including Blue Buffalo (has there been any cat that DIDN’t spit out the life source bits?)- Orijen Six Fish and Orijen Regional Red are the only two products he will enthusiasticly eat as a dry. So while I am at work for 10 hours I am confident he is eating well. He has had no more flare ups of his stomatitis but I am watching him carefully. His breath is fresh,and his energy level is way up. He is now playing with his toys for the first time, chasing his laser dot daily. I come home to a bowl of kibble either empty or with only 3 or 4 kernels in it. His coat is LUMINOUS and is marveled at by my friends. When light hits him he glows!

    I found your site and am looking for a Probiotic to supplement what seems to be working for him.

    May 26, 2014 at 4:47 am
  • Madeleine Innocent says:

    I’m afraid I think this diet is terrible. If he has improved on this, I shudder to think what he was on before. My reasons for this are:-
    way too much carbs – cats are carnivores, not herbivores
    toxic chemicals to preserve – ETHOXYQUIN is highly toxic, causing cancer and organ failure
    supplements are synthetic
    cats should not be permitted to graze – two meals a day is the maximum unless ill – cats are not grazing animals
    kibble is one of the worst things that happened to cats

    May 26, 2014 at 9:49 am
  • Becky says:

    I just rescued a stray a couple days ago. Took her to the vet to get checked out, she has stomatitis which I had never heard of. Of course they want to pull her teeth. I was wondering if the chicken necks and other food need to be organic, grass fed? I know that would be best just not sure I can afford it. Thanks

    September 4, 2014 at 12:59 am
  • Madeleine Innocent says:

    You don’t have to pull any teeth. Organic is best, but not essential.

    September 4, 2014 at 8:57 am
  • Lisa says:

    It is an absolute coincidence that this article appeared yesterday, as I was JUST talking to my husband about purchasing a grinder for making our own cat food. We stopped feeding, as our cats wouldn’t eat the food we made for our dogs, which is chicken, various vegetables, etc. I since learned that the best way to feed cats is raw homemade food. THANK YOU, as you just helped me prove that I was correct in homecoming, and gosh, I will get on a better solution for our cats straight away. THANK YOU!!

    August 5, 2015 at 12:39 pm
  • Madeleine Innocent says:

    A grinder is not necessary. Cats have teeth that do a better job!

    August 5, 2015 at 4:28 pm

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