What should I do if my cat has gum disease?

What should I do if my cat has gum disease?

A complete oral examination should be a part of your animal’s routine physical examination, because oral diseases are most effectively treated with early diagnosis. Otherwise, many will remain hidden in the mouth and progress to an advanced stage. Gum disease is the most common oral problem in cats.

Why does my cat not want to eat anything?

Digestive System Diseases. Problems with your cat’s stomach, intestines, pancreas, or other parts of its digestive system may cause it to stop eating. Your cat may also vomit, have diarrhea or abdominal pain alongside digestive issues, but usually a decrease in appetite will be one of the first signs of a digestive system problem.

What kind of disease can a cat have if they don’t eat?

Cats that have not eaten (anorectic cats) are prone to developing a condition called hepatic lipidosis or fatty liver disease (see handout “Hepatic Lipidosis in Cats [Fatty Liver Syndrome in Cats]” for more information), in which the cat’s appetite becomes completely suppressed for weeks.

What happens when a cat is sick and stops eating?

If a cat is sick, it will be weak and lethargic. Without the energy provided by food and calories, the health of the cat will deteriorate further. If your cat is sick and stops eating, malnutrition becomes a possibility. This means that the cat is not obtaining sufficient nutrients from food. This will worsen the symptoms of an existing illness.

Is it normal for a cat to not eat or drink?

Yes, it certainly sounds like she’s sick – shaking is often a sign of pain or discomfort in cats, and not eating or drinking is also a very non-specific sign of illness. Unfortunately,…

What do you need to know about your cat’s gums?

Pale or White Gums. Check your cat’s gums for signs of illness periodically. Healthy gums are pink (or if your cat is black, gums may be black). If your cat has very pale gums that aren’t pink or are white, time to take your cat to the vet. This can signify a loss of blood flow or circulation, shock, or anemia.

What can cause a cat to stop eating?

Diseased or painful teeth and gums can cause your cat to stop eating. Cats can fracture their teeth, develop resorptive lesions on their teeth, become inflamed on their gums, form dental abscesses, and experience other dental issues that cause mouth pain.

What should I do if my Kitten doesn’t eat?

Contact your veterinarian if your kitten has not eaten for one to two days or if your adult cat has not eaten in two days. Adult cats, especially those that are overweight, can develop a serious disease called hepatic lipidosis if they stop eating, so prompt action is important.