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Old 12-15-2012, 09:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The cat we recently adopted has mouth sores. Our vet said she thought it might be a food allergy and she has eaten nothing but canned since that appointment about 3 weeks ago. She does not seem to be improving and today does not seem to be eating as much as she was. She got a shot of something they called depo, also got Convenia.
Does anyone have any ideas that might help this poor girl?
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know anything about mouth sores, but I'm sorry to hear about your kitty. Did the vet think she was allergic to a certain kind of food (like chicken) and prescribe a particular other kind? Did you first take her to the vet because you noticed a sore, or because she wasn't eating?

I don't remember what depo and convenia do, though my kitties have both gotten them, so they must be fairly generic and not specific to kitty's mouth sores. Other people here are much more knowledgeable than I am, so I hope someone will be able to help out.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What canned food are you feeding her?
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I believe your cat received injection of steroid Depo-medrol (depo). Other shot, convenia, is a long lasting antibiotic.
Steroids are used to reduce inflammation, antibiotic to treat bacterial infection.

I guess they gave her antibiotic because they suspect bacterial infection or to avoid bacteria infecting her sores. And then steroid to relieve inflammation.

i have no idea about mouth sores in cats, meaning I dont know what is the underlying cause.

One of my cats has mild stomatitis (inflammation of gums around teeth) and he was given convenia 10 days ago. on the follow up appointment week after the shot his gums were better and he was eating better too.

Hope the same happens to your girl.
I know how annoying and painful are mouth issues for cats :/
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Also, if you suspect food allergies, you could try eliminate grain and poultry from her diet. What has she been eating before sores and now, when she has them?
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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When Sophia was at the shelter they were feeding her human baby food because it was easier for her to eat. Now she is eating the Royal Canin hypoallergenic that the vet said to give her.
I once had a cat with Stomatitis, he had to have his teeth removed. The vet didn't seem to think that is what it was with Sophia. The director of the shelter told me she had had kittens when she first came to the shelter 8 years ago. Apparently they had mouth sores when they were born that cleared up.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Early on in my fostering days one foster had sores on his tongue from Herpes and they gave him steroid shot, if Im remembering right.

One of my cats is FeLv and occasionally gets large angry red sores on the roof of his mouth. The vet has me give him Maxi/Guard Oral Cleansing Gel, once daily. It seems to help in the discomfort while clearing it up or it is running it coarse. I squirt it inside his lip. Changing sides each day.
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how is Sophia doing?
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I took Sophia to the vet again today because her sores were getting worse as the Depo shot wore off. They gave her another shot and said the hypo allergenic food would help before this shot wears off - if it's going to. She has a follow up appointment in January when we will decide if she needs to go to a specialist in cat allergies.
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