Common Mouth Problems in Cats
One of the most common problems domestic cats face today is inflammation of the mouth. Stomatitis in cats is the inflammation of the mouth, whereas gingivitis in cats is inflammation of the gums. It is not always easy to differentiate them, and perhaps that doesn’t really matter.
Feline stomatitis is characterised by redness in the mouth, swelling with ulcers here and there. The surface is raw and painful to touch. Feline gingivitis is characterised by red and swollen gums, with the areas closest to the teeth being more affected. Ulcers may or may not be present.
In both cases, excess salivation is likely to be present.
The Veterinary Solution
The veterinary treatment in both cases can be similar. Antibiotics are the first call to action, but as this does not treat the cause of the problem, the effect, if any, is likely to be short lived. Your cat may well have an infection but that is simply the effect of the problem, not the cause.
The next approach is to bring in the big guns – the cortisone treatment. This is likely to have a good outcome, for as long as it is used. However, since cortisone is known to cause severe health problems, such as the destruction of the immune system, you will be adding to your cats health problems and drastically shortening her life. Some vets are reluctant to let you have too many courses, for this reason, although others are less concerned.
When these measures fail to work, which is most likely as neither has addressed the cause of the problem, then your next, and only, veterinary course of action is to have the teeth removed. This is not only costly to you, but very traumatic for your cat.
It is also completely unnecessary in the majority of cases.
The Cause of the Problem
The cause of stomatitis in cats is also the cause of many feline health issues, so once you set that right, you can expect your cat to enjoy robust health for the rest of her life.
When you talk to retired vets about the incidence of stomatitis in cats in their day, they will tell you that it was almost nil. So something has happened in the intervening 40 or 50 years.
In those days, most people allowed their cat to catch their own food, with perhaps a little supplementing, often from the family table scraps. Cats were more likely to have access outside, so could indulge their fancies. In addition, the family table scraps were far more healthy in those days, than they are today, with all the junk food available.
You only have to look at cats teeth to appreciate that they are perfectly designed to crunch up on bones. This crunching action cleans the teeth, massages the gums and the ingestion provides the cat with many of the essential macro minerals. The mouth remains healthy.
Without this essential act, cats mouths suffer.
Commercial cat food manufacturers will assure you that dry biscuits do the same job. It obviously doesn’t because the incidences of stomatitis in cats just keeps on rising.
The solution to stomatitis in cats is two fold. First, the acute problem, when your cat refuses to eat because of the pain. This has to be addressed as a priority. Homeopathic treatment is not only very able to do this, it can be very fast in its action. This unique treatment looks at the particulars of the individual case and selects the treatment accordingly.
At the bottom of this article is a link to global homeopathic associations, who list their members. It is not always necessary to have a physical consultation. Often a telephone consultation works very well.
The chronic solution to stomatitis in cats, and to prevent it altogether, is to feed them according to their natural evolution. Domestic cats are a hair’s breadth from being wild. Apart from some breeds, such as the Persian with the flattened face, cats are very able to adapt to the wild, as is evidenced by successful colonies of feral cats the world over.
So what do you feed your cat? What is a balanced and nutritious diet? How do you bring this into your already busy schedule? And, perhaps, more importantly, how do you convert a finicky and choosey cat, who may have you already wrapped around her paw?
These questions are deep and take time to answer. For more information, check out Natural Cat Health.
Madeleine Innocent is a homeopath who discovered that diet is at the heart of good health. She is the founder of Natural Cat Health and Naturally Healthy Cats.
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Global homeopathic organisations: http://hpathy.com/homeopathy-organizations