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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I just noticed two dark areas on my cat's tongue. These were not there before. He is

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I just noticed two dark areas on my cat's tongue. These were not there before. He is five and neutered, indoor only and was born feral. I raised him, his brother and two sisters since they were approximately three weeks old. His only health issues till now are one instance of UTI and he vomits after eating if he eats too fast and or too much. These spots are new and towards the middle of his tongue. They are more elongated than round. He has no unusual breath odor. Should I be concerned or just watch and see if he develops any other symptoms or signs? He is very shy of going to the vet.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Unless these dark areas are raised and you see inflammation (redness) around them, you're seeing lentigines - flat patches particularly common in orange cats. Lentigo is the name for this asymptomatic condition. There's no medical treatment known nor necessary. Lentigines are benign changes and a cosmetic problem only. You may see additional lentigines appear on the lips, gingiva, pinnae (ear flaps), or eyelids. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the info. While my cat isn't red I have had previous pets with "freckles"on their lips so I understand the diagnosis. I feel better but I will still be keeping an eye on him. I am his "mommy " after all! Thanks again, Doc. 😺🐾🐾
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
You're quite welcome, "Mommy"! You may receive an inappropriate follow up sent by the site ostensibly sent by me. It wasn't and I apologize in advance should you receive it.