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My indoor cat is 11 years old. While we were away couple of

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My indoor cat is 11 years old. While we were away for a couple of days we believe she got into car paste wax that we forgot and left on the floor. For some reason she has this thing for certain smells such as A535 and tries to lick it. She had a sore mouth and was drooling.She could not eat hard cat food. She wouldn't even eat her soft teats. She would eat a bit of soft cat food. Maybe she lost a tooth.We were able to see that her tongue seemed burnt and she couldn't wash herself. This lasted for about a week. It has now been 2 months but she has developed a very bad smelling mouth. It smells like feces. She is a 4 double paw tabby and often I have to clean between her toes with a Q tip because feces and litter gets stuck between her toes but this is not the problem. I hope you can help me with her halitosis. Thank You.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

I'm concerned that what she has is more serious than just halitosis, especially since you already detected an ulceration or other lesion on her tongue.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

This could be an indication of a chemical burn, thermal/electrical burn, viral infection, or oral cancer.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

I highly recommend having her evaluated by your local vet. I would start with a physical and careful oral exam. If she is too painful to allow that, she may require sedation.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Based on the exam, we may already have a diagnosis. Then we can start a targeted treatment plan.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Some general things that will likely be prescribed are an antibiotic (such as Clavamox or clindamycin) and pain medication like buprenorphine.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

If we find an ulcer, a prescription for sucralfate can also be helpful. Your vet could also give you a prescription for "magic mouthwash" to fill at the human pharmacy. This can help with pain from ulcerations.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Please let me know if you have further questions. I am happy to continue until I provide the service that you seek.

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