Q & A: Gingivitis in cats

Q: How do I know if my cat suffers from gingivitis?

A: Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums, and it is reversible. It can only be cured with proper treatment, and is a common oral problem in cats. Symptoms can include the following:

  • Bad breath
  • Redness and swelling of the gums
  • Yellow plaque on the teeth
  • A red line on the gums above the area where the teeth meet the gums
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty competing for food in a multi-cat home
  • Difficulty or reluctance to eat, and decreased appetite
  • Dropping food from the mouth
  • Rubbing at the face or mouth with the paws or against objects like floors and furniture
  • Having accidents outside the litterbox
  • Acting sick, less active or withdrawn from normal activities
  • Weight loss

Gingivitis in cats should be treated by a veterinarian sooner rather than later, as this condition can be very painful for cats.

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