Our 10 year old cat has a very irritated mouth, it’s red and sore inside and she attacks it with her paws when it bothers her. She doesn’t clean herself well (most likely due to the irritated mouth). She has been like this for a couple of years. She is also very underweight, though she has been most her life which could be unrelated. She has been consulted by 3 different vets, and has been tested for FIV, FL and had other general blood tests (eg kidneys and diabetes). There seems to be no sign of a tooth abscess. She had one slightly high blood test result, which indicated that she might be suffering from an allergic reaction, but predasolone had no effect and changes in diet have no effect. She lives with 2 other healthy cats. She has been on various antibiotics, which seem to work but only short term. Lysine and Vitamin B and Iron supplements also seem to have no effect. We would appreciate any advice anyone might have. Thanks
How frustrating for you and your cat! I agree with CD that it calls for yet another vet. Do you have a cat specialist available? Or a vet who specializes in dentistry? She may have an allergy but for a vet to just say that and not find out why isn't good enough. It seems to me "allergy" has just become a Dr's way of saying "I have no clue!" If a concrete health issue is truely ruled out and it does seem to be some sort of allergy you may want to consider seeing a good homeopathic vet. Sometimes they can be a lot more help in tht area.
I hope you can get a diagnosis soon. Good luck!
Thanks for the advice cat daddy and nanook. I'll try out your suggestions. I'm keen on the idea of trying out homeopathic remedies as regular vets just seem to keep saying the same things. None thought there seemed to be any problems with her teeth. I've found a local homeopathic vet. I'll let you know how it goes. I agree 2 years is too long ! We have only had her this past year (shes adopted) and the irritation hasn't been constant as everytime shes on antiobiotics she gets better, but something has to be causing the infections.