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Managing Cat Stomatitis and Severe Symptoms

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Photo of a ginger cat having their teeth brushed by a human to illustrate Stomatitis and how you can help

Overlooking the importance of routine dental cleaning in your kitty can lead to severe oral health issues like cat stomatitis, gingivitis and periodontal disease. Feline kiddos can be very independent in grooming themselves and worrying about other aspects of their hygiene. But when it comes to your kitty’s mouth health, regular tooth brushing and visits to the veterinary dentist are still a must!

How is Cat Stomatitis Related to Oral Health?

Any kitty parent can list at least five feline-specific characteristics that make them a cat person. Be it their sassiness, the sound of their adorable purr, or their kneading techniques. In many cases, cat parents praise their little one’s tendency of being lower maintenance than most dogs. But in truth, caring for feline kiddo also demands extra attention, especially for cat-specific diseases like Feline Chronic Stomatitis Gingivitis (FCSG). 

There are still a lot of unknown factors when it comes to FCSG, also known as stomatitis in cats, but it is believed to be caused by an inappropriate immune response to oral bacteria and dental plaque. With that possibility in mind, the vet community recommends good oral hygiene and a balanced diet with ingredients that minimize the formation of dental plaque. 

Other factors such as increased stress levels, and immunodeficiency caused by viruses like calicivirus or feline leukemia. There are also cat breeds that are more predisposed genetically to cat stomatitis, like the Siamese, Maine Coon, Abyssinian, and Persian cats.   

Severe Symptoms of Cat Stomatitis

Feline Chronic Stomatitis Gingivitis is a complex issue and can cause a lot of discomfort due to the severity and persistency of lesions in the mouth. The term gingivitis refers to inflammation of the gum, which is also the first stage of periodontal disease in cats. Whereas cat stomatitis refers to a more generalized inflammation of the oral cavity, including gums, but also the tongue, lips, and roof of the mouth.  

Besides the inflammation and pain in the mouth, the most frequent symptoms of stomatitis in cats are bad breath, excessive salivation, diminished appetite, and weight loss. It is also not uncommon for kitty parents to notice their furkiddo “pawing” the mouth as if trying to get something out.

If you notice any of these signs, please take your little one to the vet for a thorough oral inspection. In most cases, this procedure needs to be performed with the cat sedated or anesthetized. 

Picture of a tabby cat being cuddles by a woman to illustrated cat stomatitis.

Helping Cats with Stomatitis

Treating cats with stomatitis is challenging, due to its persistency and frequent relapses. The vet will recommend an approach depending on the underlying causes and symptoms. 

The first step is to minimize bacteria in the mouth and professionally clean the teeth and gums, with periodontal treatment. Pain management anti-inflammatory, antibiotic therapy, and immunomodulators might also be prescribed. As a last resort, some cases of cat stomatitis require surgery.

Addressing Cat Stomatitis with Herbs

In addition to the conventional treatment, using natural herbal supplements can be part of the regimen strategy to bring comfort to your little one diagnosed with Feline Chronic Stomatitis Gingivitis.  

NHV Felimm supports your little one’s ability to fight infections, helps balance the immune system, and aids in improving energy levels. 

NHV Mouth Drops may aid in eliminating gingivitis, help combat bacterial infections of the mouth, and help avoid future issues like tooth decay and plaque. It also helps address bad breath! Our Mouth Drops formula can be used topically, in the gums and teeth, or orally. 

NHV Stimmune supports a healthy balance of your little one’s immune system and is safe to be used lifelong as a proactive measure. 

Lastly, NHV Yucca has anti-inflammatory properties and discomfort-relieving effects. This superfood extract can also work as a natural appetite stimulant.


If your kitty is experiencing stomatitis and gingivitis, or you’re worried about their oral health, feel free to reach out to our Pet Experts by clicking on the button below. They will be more than happy to help guide you on additional tips and support options!

Dr. Barbara Benitez DVM, MS

Dr. Barbara Benitez DVM, MS

Dr. Barbara is a veterinarian from Brazil with a specialty in pet nutrition. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2006 from the University of Uberaba. In 2010, Dr. Barbara received her Master’s of Science in Pet Nutrition from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She has over 15 years of experience in research and development in the pet food industry. When Barbara isn’t helping pet parents, you can find her spending time with her family, including her senior dog, Caze.

Published: September 23, 2022

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