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My cat as eating started pawing at mouth tongue hanging out

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My cat as eating started pawing at mouth tongue hanging out and drolling
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your situation, and wanted to help.

Now I have to say that I am quite concerned for your lad.

All the signs he is showing are suggestive or oral discomfort. At his age, the major concerns would be dental disease, rotten teeth, severe gingivitis, oral ulcers (secondary to herpes or kidney disease), or an oral tumor (ie squamous cell carincinoma). That said, with this sounding to be sudden in onset, we'd also have oral trauma, exposure or irritating plant material or even licked something caustic or irritating.

In this case, since all of his signs suggest pain/discomfort, we do need to be proactive. You will want his vet to fully examine the mouth (potentially sedate if he is not amenable). Depending on their findings, you may also want them to check bloods or sample any masses or ulcers found. Otherwise, we'd need to get him in injectable pain relief +/- antibiotics to halt these signs as we pinpoint which issue is present here and causing him this distress.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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