Hi Jen, stomatitis isn't limited to older cats at all! It can have many causes, but cause can be hard to pin down. It's an immune problem and also is more common in FIV+ cats. However, other cats can and do get it. Some vets feel that it may be caused by calici virus.I have one who had severe stomatitis and did end up having a full mouth extraction done by a veterinary dental specialist. Very expensive, over $4,000 and believe me I am going to be paying for that for a very long time! The bad smelling breath is one sign. It's really bad, too! Try looking in the mouth, if it is stomatitis you will see really angry red inflammation, sometimes it's worse in the throat area.
Also wanted to add my two cents on the small pupil thing. Sounds a lot like Horners Syndrome, which is usually linked to an ear problem. The very same cat of mine that had the stomatits also had Horners last summer. It really isn't harmful and usually clears on its own in a few weeks. I treated Stacy's ear infection with OTC medicine and it went away. Jill and kitties _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org