My Awesome Pawsome kitty just began doing this stuff.  Pawing at her mouth, 
getting finicky and being standoffish when it comes to anywhere near her food 
bowl.  She wasborn to an FeLV+ mom in a feral colony here in San Diego, and I 
tamed her at 5 weeks (to 8 weeks--took about 3 weeks) old with her siblings.  3 
out of four kittens tested positive.  In a couple of months time, only 1 out of 
4 remained positive, and she is the one.  She has been so healthy, save for an 
awful case of calici she got about ayear and a half ago which almost killed 
her, that I reallyhad been hoping she might still"turn" negative.  I have heard 
of this happening this late in the disease.  She has been asymptomatic and so 
very "normal" looking for 3 years.  But I think the time I have been dreading 
is approaching.  She now has something going on in her mouth, just started last 
week and I took her to my vet.  He said she has the early stages of stomatis, 
he is fairly sure, though he could find nothing really disconcerting right now 
to be worried about, and he gave her a shot of covenia. But at home, I see her 
mouth more swollen, and how she sticks out her tongue over and over in obvious 
distress of some sort...  and I see it beginning.    I have seen cats with bad 
cases of stomatitis and I am fearful for my Pawsome kitty.  For a cat born with 
FeLV she has been so good for so long.  People have told me three years is 
about tops for the life span of a cat born with FeLV that becomes persistently 
viremic, so I guess in that respect she is lucky she has made it so long so 
apparently healthy,but I guess she will not be so lucky as to "turn" at this 
point in time.  So,I now am bracing myself for mouth problems in her. I wish I 
had a lot of money I would investigate that laser treatment for her,but I do 
not.  I am in rescue, and I live on SSI, anyway, so between the two I am pretty 
broke all the time.  haha  (And I now have a cat with hyperthyroid, one with 
fatty liver, one with FeLV+, and one with the beginning stages of an anal sac 
problem,which I believe is the case because she is scooting her buns across the 
floor alot and cries out jat times while pooping.  And two semi ferals in a 
double connected large dog cages, that can not be loose in the apt. that I need 
to find something suitable for.... Oh, and I am taking in a 17 yr old from West 
LA shelter, next week,as  a favor to another rescue friend, and that one will 
need fluids daily, for renal issues  And those are only the sick ones.  What a 
sucker I am.)

Anyway, I am, paying close attention to all of this, needless to say.

Love and Katnip,               
              ~Kat~     =^,,^=
"I'm Kat Parker.  I park cats."

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Lee Evans <>
> To: "" <>
> Cc: 
> Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 06:35:32 -0700 (PDT)
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Stomatitis/WHAT IS STOMATITIS? MY FELV CAT IS FINICKY
> Many of the cats I have had drooled after eating or slapped at the side of 
> their mouth with their paw.  The gum on the side that has stomatitis is 
> usually bright red, inflamed looking and the cat does not like his whisker 
> pad or that side of his face touched.  In the beginning cases, they may be 
> what looks like finicky because they are trying to avoid pain and the food 
> they usually eats seems, to them, to be the culprit, so even when hungry, 
> they will avoid that food. Stomatitis is not just for FIV+ or FeLv+ cats.  It 
> knows no boundaries unfortunately and perfectly healthy young cats can get 
> it.  Older cats with a history of no dental exams are, of course, more at 
> risk.  Stomatitis can also lead to kidney problems because of the bacterial 
> build up in the mouth so you need to take at-risk cats to have them checked.
> Spay and Neuter your cats and dogs and your weird relatives and nasty 
> neighbors too!
> From: Beth <>
> To:"" <> 
> Sent: Friday, August 24, 2012 7:57 AM
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Stomatitis/WHAT IS STOMATITIS? MY FELV CAT IS FINICKY
> Check the mouth for sores. Usually cats will spit out there food or run away 
> after trying to eat because it it painful. If she is looking thin I'd look at 
> her gums to make sure they are pink. Most of mine have died from anemia, 
> which is common in FeLV cats. If any of my cats start not acting right I take 
> them in for bloodwork. There is so much they can tell that way.
> Beth
> Don't Litter, Fix Your Critter!
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