Cat Veterinary

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask a Cat Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

I believe my sons cat has tmj. I have inherited Luna. I have…

I believe my sons cat...
I believe my sons cat has tmj. I have inherited Luna.
I have had her about a month. I stared noticing that at times her mouth is opened & she paws at to close it. So far that works. Last night was the first time she really had a hard time getting it to close.
I have read on the internet how it might take surgery to fix this.
She is 12 yrs old & was rescued when she was 2.
If this is the case we can't do surgery right now. She is on dry food. Could putting her on soft food help with the tmj?
I have tmj & when mine is bad beside relaxation medication I'm also put on a soft diet.
Please let me know. I feel so sorry for her when her
Jaws lock
Thank you,
Carolyn DeNina
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Answered in 3 hours by:
10/16/2017
Rebecca
Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 17,819
Experience: More than 30 years of companion animal practice.
Verified

Thank you for using Just Answer. My name is Rebecca; I am a veterinarian. Please give me a moment to type my answer.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question

I am sorry your are worried about Luna. I just came online and saw your question; I am sorry you did not get help from a Just Answer expert before now.

TMJ is fairly rare in cats, but an exam by a veterinarian should tell you if she has this problem. There are medications that might help that I would try before doing surgery.

A far more common reason for a cat to have problems like you describe is a bad tooth. If she has a loose or infected tooth, it can be painful to close the mouth. Removing the tooth would take care of the problem.

A soft diet might help, and is worth a try, but if she has a bad tooth it won't help much. She sounds painful, and getting the prescription medication Onsior from your veterinarian may help.

Please let me know if this is helpful and what other questions I can answer.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question

I have not heard from you; I hope you saw my responses. How is Luna doing today?

Was my answer helpful; do you have any other questions?

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Thank u for ur reply.
I will have her checked out by our vet.

You are welcome. Please let me know how she is doing.

Rebecca
Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 17,819
Experience: More than 30 years of companion animal practice.
Verified
Rebecca and 87 other Cat Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
55357;�

Thanks for the great rating!!

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Hi Carolyn,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Luna. How is everything going?

Rebecca
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a cat veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Rebecca Your Own Question
Rebecca
Rebecca
Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 17,819
17,819 Satisfied Customers
Experience: More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Rebecca is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Cat Veterinarian

3,956 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,816 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

4,615 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

3,998 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Cat Veterinarian

17,819 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Cat Veterinarian

3,076 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Deb

Dr. Deb

Cat Veterinarian

2,953 satisfied customers

I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Veterinary Questions
I just got disconnected from Pearl. Is it working now? I was
Hi - I just got disconnected from Pearl. Is it working now? I was enquiring about our cat's locked jaw.… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
My Beautiful Girl Stormy yawned last night at 2:00 in the
My Beautiful Girl Stormy yawned last night at 2:00 in the morning and for about a minute her mouth was stuck open. She is 10 years old and healthy. She runs all over the apartment with my two other ca… read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
17,819 satisfied customers
Customer: we just got her from the shelter - she had some milk/cream
Customer: we just got her from the shelter - she had some milk/cream last night and this morning. When trying to get her to eat soft food she took a couple of bites and howled like someone beat her. S… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
Stray cat we've been feeding looks like she's been in a
Stray cat we've been feeding looks like she's been in a fight. Her jaw appears misaligned. She was bleeding but it has stopped. She is eating and drinking well. (We gave her canned food so it was soft… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,481 satisfied customers
My cats jaw is locked open. She cant close it at all. This
My cat's jaw is locked open. She can't close it at all. This is the second time this has happened in the last 2-3 months. It just all of a sudden happens. I don't understand how this can happen. She's… read more
Dr. Gregg
Dr. Gregg
Dr. Of Veterinary Medicine
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
203 satisfied customers
MY SIX YR. OLD CAT JUST HAD HER TEETH REMOVED AND THE OPERATION
MY SIX YR. OLD CAT JUST HAD HER TEETH REMOVED AND THE OPERATION WAS SUCCESSFUL.THE AREA HEALED WELL AND INFLAMATION CLEARED UP.HOWEVER SHE SEEMS TO BE BACK TO HER PRE-OP CONDITION WHERE SHE WOULD CRY … read more
PetDr
PetDr
68 satisfied customers
HI, my cat Luna is a 5kg blk &white Felix,shes just turned
HI, my cat Luna is a 5kg blk &white Felix,she's just turned 8 yrs old and is an indoor only cat.She has had no major health probs,was "fixed" in her first year,has has her vaccination shots every year… read more
Dr Z
Dr Z
Small Animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,715 satisfied customers
My cat, Mali, stopped eating her dry food or eating her favorite
My cat, Mali, stopped eating her dry food or eating her favorite dry treats the day before yesterday. She prefers dry to wet food, although she will lick off all the juices of the wet. I took her to h… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,998 satisfied customers
my cat yelps in pain when he yawns widely, and this is sometimes
my cat yelps in pain when he yawns widely, and this is sometimes followed by a "gagging" gesture for a few seconds. I took hiim to the vet, no obvious teeth problems. any ideas?… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Practice owner
Doctoral Degree
6,702 satisfied customers
I have a 2 year rescue cat, fixed, that has been outside and
I have a 2 year rescue cat, fixed, that has been outside and feeds at the library. City has just disallowed any animals in city buildings. We have been rescuing and finding homes for the past 5 years.… read more
Dr. Sara
Dr. Sara
Small animal practicioner
Doctoral Degree
95 satisfied customers
I have an older 16 to 17 year old maine-coon who is having
I have an older 16 to 17 year old maine-coon who is having odd seizures. She seems to have her lower jaw out of place or something in her throat which she fights to get back in place. These "seizures"… read more
Dr. George White
Dr. George White
Staff Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
278 satisfied customers
cat: My 13 year..13 year old..infected..cause of the eye problem
My 13 year old cat has had two surgeries, one in December to remove 2 teeth and one 2 weeks ago to remove an eye which had extremely high pressure and was also infected. We do not know the cause of th… read more
DrChristineM
DrChristineM
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,872 satisfied customers
Dear Dr. I am having difficulty getting my 2 cats to get
Dear Dr.: I am having difficulty getting my 2 cats to get along. They are both shelter rescues. Luna (female, Est. 1 yr old) was introduced to the home about 9 years ago. At that time we had a male ca… read more
Dr Rachel Moulton
Dr Rachel Moulton
Doctoral Degree
139 satisfied customers
My cat is a 7 month kitten and every time she yawns when she
My cat is a 7 month kitten and every time she yawns when she closes her mouth there's a clicking and it appears she realigns her jaw in order to close her mouth. My question is this a problem I should… read more
Dr. Andi
Dr. Andi
Small animal veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
583 satisfied customers
cat: 10 year old..hungry, overall..our er vet gave her some fluids
Last night we took our 8-10 year old cat to the ER because her mouth was slightly open (looked like a jaw injury) and she appeared dehydrated and hungry, overall, not her usual self. After a series of… read more
Dr. Andy
Dr. Andy
Medical Director
Doctoral Degree
4,816 satisfied customers
kitten, female, rescue, 4 - 7 months old, weight 4.3 - 5 pounds,
kitten, female, rescue, 4 - 7 months old, weight 4.3 - 5 pounds, starving when found, abcessed puncture wound noticed within 3 days of discovery. Received amoxicillin for 12 days. Wound appears healed… read more
Dr.Fiona
Dr.Fiona
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
3,587 satisfied customers
I think my little kitten has a dislocated jaw. I picked her
I think my little kitten has a dislocated jaw. I picked her up this morning, as she has been at the vet's for about 10 days because she wouldn't eat. I couldn't get enough food and water down her. The… read more
Dr. Suze
Dr. Suze
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
566 satisfied customers
My cat cannot open his mouth very wide. When I opened it to
My cat cannot open his mouth very wide. When I opened it to put a treat in, he couldn't close it until I massaged the jaw.… read more
Dr. Andy
Dr. Andy
Medical Director
Doctoral Degree
4,816 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x