Treatment For Stomatitis

Treatment for StomatitisFinding out that your cat has stomatitis can be scary. I know, I’ve been there. You will probably wonder what options there are for treatment for stomatitis. There are many ways you and your vet can attempt to treat stomatitis, but I have to be honest and tell you that there is no sure-fire cure for this painful disease.

The problem with treating feline stomatitis is that there is no way to know the exact cause of the disease. It is often believed to be caused by a reaction to plaque, but it isn’t always.

Vets will usually start with the easiest treatment options, with the hope that one or a combination of several may be enough to resolve the stomatitis. They will eventually work their way up to the more advanced treatment options if the easier ones do not help.

Treatment Options For Stomatitis

Before I get into the various methods of treatment, I want to say something about tooth removal. Having teeth removed is always to be a last-ditch effort at controlling stomatitis. If your vet says that your cat’s teeth need to be removed without trying anything else first, then you need to find another vet and get a second, or even third, opinion. Try any or all of the following treatments before going to the extreme of removing teeth.

The treatment options listed below are not in any particular order, with the exception of tooth removal, which is listed last because it should be the last thing you do.


This is likely to be the very first thing your vet tries. If your cat is lucky, a round of antibiotics will clear up the stomatitis.

This was the first treatment option we tried with Lily. At first it seemed to help, but the inflammation returned after we stopped giving her antibiotics.

Diet Modification

The inflammation seen with stomatitis may be the result of food allergies, so your vet may recommend that you change your cat’s diet by eliminating foods made with grain or grain-fed meats.

I did not try this option. We have five cats, two of which have food sensitivities and do well on the Iams dry food that they all eat. Changing the food for one of our five cats but not the other four would have been a nightmare for me, which is why I skipped this method.


There are over-the-counter supplements that you can give your cat that may either resolve or minimize the symptoms of stomatitis. You can talk to your vet about what supplements might be helpful to your cat.

I currently give Lily two suppliments, and they help her tremendously. She takes L-Lysine in the morning and at night, and PlaqueOff just at night (PlaqueOff should not be used in cats that have Hyperthyroidism). Other people have had success with AquaDent, but this needs to go into a source of drinking water and Lily wouldn’t drink the water that had AquaDent added to it. Obviously, it won’t work if your cat won’t take it.

Steroid Cream

There are different types of steroid creams, but this helps by controlling and minimizing the inflammation in the mouth and throat. Using steroids long term may lead to diabetes, which has the potential of becoming a death sentence to your cat. The reason for this possibility, according to my vet, is that a cat cannot be given steroids and the medicine needed for diabetes. If your vet recommends steroids in any form, be sure to discuss the potential harm that the steroids may cause.

I give Lily a steroid cream called Prednisolone. I apply it to the inside of her ear every morning and night. I am aware that giving Prednisolone to Lily may lead to diabetes, but the alternative is having her live in severe pain. I had to choose between giving Lily a possibly shortened life where she spends most of her days in as little pain as possible by giving her the steroid, or not giving her the steroid and knowing that she is in horrible pain. It was a very easy choice for me to make.

Update: I was able to wean Lily off the Prednisolone steroids in early 2015. The PlaqueOff and Lysine that she takes daily have kept her stomatitis under control.

Pain Medicine

Despite all that you may do for your cat, there may be days when your cat is in so much pain that she needs pain medicine. These days will be easy to see because your cat will start to drool.

Whenever Lily starts to drool I give her a small dose of a pain medicine called Buprinex. Buprinex is like morphine for cats. These days I don’t have to give this to Lily very often because everything else she takes does a fairly good job of controlling her stomatitis, but every now and then I need to. Buprinex makes her tired, so be aware that acting tired or spacey after taking Buprinex is normal.

Tooth Removal

And now we come to the last thing that should be attempted when it comes to controlling stomatitis – removing teeth. When all other treatment options fail, your vet may recommend having most or all of your cat’s teeth removed. The reason behind this option has to do with the most common cause of stomatitis, which is a cat’s inability to tolerate plaque. The thinking here is that if the teeth are removed, there will be a huge decrease in plaque, thus (hopefully) curing the stomatitis.

According to my vet, 80% of cats respond well to having their teeth removed, meaning their stomatitis goes away. That also means that 20% of cats continue to suffer from stomatitis after having their teeth taken out. It can take up to six months after teeth are removed to know if the surgery was a success. The reason it takes so long is because it takes months for the mouth to heal from stomatitis.

IMPORTANT!!! If you DO decide to have your cat’s teeth removed, it is critical that your vet performs an x-ray after the teeth have been extracted to make sure there are no tooth fragments left behind. Cats teeth are very brittle and break easily. Any fragments left in the gums can easily lead to infection, causing a whole different set of problems and pain for your cat.

Ask your vet before you agree to this surgery if he takes x-rays when he is done. If he says he doesn’t and tries to convince you that this is not needed, run as fast as you can from this vet and see a new one!

Lily fell into the 20% of cats who do not improve after having teeth removed. To clarify, there was improvement, but she still very much has painful inflammation in her mouth and throat, as you can see from the pictures on this site.

How I Treat Lily’s Stomatitis

Lily was first given antibiotics, but that helped only temporarily. I did not know about supplements until after her teeth were pulled, so I didn’t try that next. Lily’s stomatitis was very bad and our vet recommended that her teeth be pulled. I consulted with another vet, and he agreed. So, we had her teeth pulled.

During her first surgery Lily had all but her canines removed. The canines were left to prevent Lily’s tongue from flopping out of her mouth. Apparently some cats are unable to keep their tongues in their mouths after their canines are removed.

About six months after her surgery it was obvious that the four canines also needed to go. The redness in her mouth was much more severe around her canines than in the rest of her mouth. The canines were removed, and the gums improved some where the teeth had been.

However, as I said above, Lily still has stomatitis. After getting all her teeth removed I learned about the supplement L-Lysine. In cats, Lysine acts as a booster to their immune systems, which often helps them fight off stomatitis. It did help Lily, though not enough to prevent her from having pain. My vet said that there are no problems with long-term use of Lysine. It is like people taking Vitamin C daily.

When my vet saw that Lily still had a bad case of stomatitis despite having her teeth pulled and taking Lysine, she decided to start her on the steroid cream Prednisolone. That, along with the Lysine gave Lily quite a bit of relief, but she still had a lot of painful days. These days were marked by drool that was often tinged with blood.

My vet then suggested that I try AquaDent, but Lily wouldn’t drink the water that contained this supplement. In desperation, I went to and searched for anything that mentioned stomatitis and cats. That is how I found PlaqueOff and decided that I was willing to spend the $30 or so dollars that it cost. If it didn’t work, I wouldn’t be out much. If it did, then Lily would be happier and more comfortable. Fortunately for Lily, it worked very well and gave her back her quality of life.

These days Lily has very few bad days, but they do still crop up. Whenever she starts to drool I give her a small does of the pain medicine Buprenex.

To sum it up, here is what we have done to treat Lily’s stomatitis:

  • Antibiotics
  • Teeth pulled
  • Lysine
  • Prednisolone
  • PlaqueOff
  • Buprenex

04/28/2015 Update: It has now been over two years since we started treating Lily for stomatitis. Today (04/28/2015) you would never know there is anything wrong with Lily. Her stomatitis is completely under control and she doesn’t show any signs of pain. She no longer needs the Buprenex (pain medicine) or Prednisolone (steroid cream). She takes Lysine and PlaqueOff daily, and I now give both of these supplements to all five of our cats.


Treatment For Stomatitis — 695 Comments

  1. Im struggling to write this right now because im so heartbroken but thank you for writing this article because its gave me hope that my gracie can improve. Ill talk to my vet about the supplements and surgeries. My baby is in so much pain right now even with the antibodies.

  2. Sunny,

    I understand your confusion as I wondered this very same thing before I bought it for the first time. Honestly, I didn’t think it would work because Lily didn’t have teeth but I was desperate and willing to try it. It DID work, but I don’t completely understand why it worked. Apparently the plaque is still created even if there aren’t teeth and some people believe that stomatitis is partly caused by the cat’s body fighting off the plaque, almost like a plaque allergy. So using PlaqueOff prevented the creation of plaque (I think), which is apparently why it worked for Lily. You don’t have to take my word for it because you can see the pictures I took showing the improvement from PlaqueOff.


  3. I looked up “Plaque-Off” and it said that it is clinically proven to significantly reduce bad breath, plaque and tartar………but if all the teeth have been pulled, then what is the benefit of reducing plaque and tartar??????

    Here is what I don’t understand. Lily does not have ANY TEETH. What exactly is the Plaque Off taking the plaque “OFF OF”?

  4. Questions for Cat Lover: Are FCV Support and Boost from Phytopet in Great Britain? If so, it seems FCV Support is a homeopathic treatment primarily for cat flu respiratory symptoms. Why for stomatitis? Also are the agrimony and yellow dock (you mentioned in your cat’s treatment) herbal tinctures, flower essences, or homeopathic? Agrimony seems to be for stress which makes sense but yellow dock for ear mites. Im a little confused but encouraged that your regimen seems to have worked for your kitty. Thank you so much for your earlier reply to me with your information. I wish my cat was getting healing from the Plaqueoff and Lysine but not so far. Perhaps 2 1/2 months is still too soon.

  5. UC Davis is in fact having clinical trials using stem cells to fight/cure stomititus. The did a trail for cats that already had full mouth extractions with the stomititus returning. They have 70% full cure rate and then some relief on the 30%. I do not know if this trial is still in progress. The next trials are for cats with stomititus with teeth intact. I do not know how this trial is progressing or if it has started. This is the only information I have on these trials and my statements may not be entirely correct however they are close. I have my cat in line for the next trial.

  6. I would be careful about eucalyptus oil, even in a place like the back of the neck where cats are not supposed to be able to reach. I have heard it as a flea remedy by holistic sources, but it is listed as toxic to cats by the ASPCA (as are many other essential oils). I just used to take some diluted Dawn detergent and use a flea comb. I’d then drown the fleas in the bowl of diluted detergent. Of course vacuuming is good. I also applied Zodiac Carpet & Upholstery Aerosol Spray and then vacuumed, but you may not want to use something so strong all over the place.I have indoor-only cats but have had a flea problem this year…not sure why.

  7. This response was sent by email to me from Jimmie Roan:

    “for Ruth, no you get lysine in powder form or in a gel, you can buy viralys, it is flavored and in a tube, they also have viralys oro gel that will give the dose of lysine and numbe the gums a little.”


  8. This is a response that was emailed directly to me from Diane B.. She said:

    “II’m sorry, ’ve not heard of stomatitis getting worse with Plaque off. –But I do have another question…What do you all use for Flea protection? I have a small case of fleas in my kitty. I washed him in Dawn and bought some Sentry flea stuff, but it was really BAD and he wasn’t tolerating it well, so I ended up washing it off. Now he has nothing and it seems the fleas are back! I haven’t seen an actual flea, but he has the “flea dirt”. Not sure what to do!!”

    Diane – You can get a flea comb that has teeth very close together, and use it to comb the fleas off your cat. It takes a lot of patience but it is possible to get the fleas under control with this. You will also want to vacuum thoroughly and regularly, including things like sofas, to get up any eggs to prevent a second infestation. There might be natural remedies (way back in my memory I seem to recall my mother putting a drop of eucalyptus oil on the shoulder blades of our cats but please look into this before doing it yourself) but I haven’t had a problem with fleas in decades – ours are all indoor cats – so am unable to recommend any. No doubt someone else can offer a suggestion.


  9. Cathie,

    At the bottom of any of the emails you get there should be a link that says something like, “Unsubscribe.” I’m not exactly sure what the wording is, but it says something about stopping the emails. If you commented on multiple pages then you may need to do that a few times to unsubscribe from each page’s comments. I hope this helps.


  10. I am getting every post that comes through on my email, can you tell me how to disable this feature?
    Thank you

  11. Three years ago one of the vets at the practice wanted to put my cat Polar to sleep, I said no I need to try some different things before that I had he had had interferon injected into his guns that didn’t work he had all his teeth removed except the four front ones and he was on Metacam which is a pain killer, then I went down the herbal route and I haven’t looked back his mouth is a very dusty pink he is not on pain medication anymore, this is what I use and how I do it.

    Cats Medication (Two small glasses required)

    You can make up the morning 1st dose in the evening, so that it will save some time in the morning. (ALL MEDICATION TO BE SHAKEN, APART FROM PILLS AND ENISYL-F ) ( PREPARE IN ORDER SHOWN AND GIVE ALL WHEN NUMBER 1 IS READY )
    To make up the following you will need two small glasses and some cold boiled water from the kettle.
    1, In a small glass add FCV support, (use tweezers to get one out), Five drops of Boost, one drop of each, Agrimony & Yellow Dock Root and add 1/2 tea spoon of cold boiled water; syringe this out when dissolved (approx. 15 Mins)
    Colloidal Silver water in blue bottle, shake well, use dropper, use just one squeeze of bulb and put into mouth, half one side and half the other.
    2, Enisyl-F, put syringe on nozzle and pump nozzle twice into syringe, make sure cap goes back on when done.
    3, In a separate glass put two pumps of ArthriAid Omega, syringe up in three lots and give it to him, one at a time, you may need to rub his chin and neck to help him swallow.
    As in number 1 above but without the BOOST.
    In a small glass add FCV support, (use tweezers to get one out), one drop of each, Agrimony & Yellow Dock Root and add 1/2 tea spoon of cold boiled water; syringe this out when dissolved (approx. 15 Mins)
    2, Enisyl-F, put syringe on nozzle and pump nozzle twice into syringe, make sure cap goes back on when done.

    The Slippery Elm Bark (three to four times, if possible, per day)
    Give the made up liquid in the fridge, draw up to top mark of two syringes (2ml), give 15 mins before the rest of medication above, up to 3 – 4 times a day, the last one, give it to them just before you go to bed.

    To make up new batch of slippery elm bark
    Put 1 ½ tea spoons of Slippery Elm bark into a saucepan with 8 ounces of cold water, bring to the boil stirring all the time and continue for three minutes.
    Let it go cold and put in a small container, this will keep in the fridge for five days.

    Hope this helps

  12. I don’t want to sound negative, but stomatitis seems to be impossible to cure. The most one can hope for is to keep the cat comfortable. I have gone the gamut of having my cat’s teeth pulled ( not possible as he almost died in surgery ), all kinds of antibiotics,plaque off, colloidal silver, lysine in all forms, and now he is existing on steroid shot once a month, antibiotic every 2 – 3 weeks, and pain meds. I can suggest” Delectable Squeeze up bisque ” available at Walmart if eating becomes difficult. I am now going to try Coq 10, but I am not expecting much.

  13. Cathie,

    Do you mean that you give half a scoop of the spoons that come in the Lysine and PlaqueOff containers? If so, that’s probably not enough. Lily has since passed away but when she was here I gave her a full scoop of each.

    I completely understand your worry about your cat not being able to defend himself without teeth. Lily’s teeth were removed and, although it felt strange when she bit me, she couldn’t hurt me at all. Ask your vet about Prednisolone. It is the steroid cream I used for Lily and it is rubbed inside the ear. It has to be made at a specialty pharmacy, the kind that makes their own medicines, but that, along with the Lysine and PlaqueOff, worked wonders for Lily.

    Please keep us posted as to how your cat does.


  14. Has anyone had their cat’s stomatitis seem worse after starting the PlaqueOff? Katy has been on it since 7/17/17 along with continuing the lysine. Her mouth no better and actually seems to have some newer redness along back molars. Just need more time?

  15. Thank you for the info. My boy is almost 2 now, he has a pretty bad case of stomatitis. I give him doxycycline and atopica alternately 7 days on and 7 days off. He does much better on the doxycycline weeks, the atopica seems to work only a little. I read your post about 6 months ago and he has been getting the plaque off and lysine 1x daily. Not sure if it does anything. I only give him 1/2 scoop of each, how much do you give your girl Lilly? Wondering if I should increase the dose. He actually prefers dry food but I give him a teaspoon of soft food first thing in the morning when he is hungry and can get everything into him pretty easily. The vet recommended a dental consult to remove his teeth, this concerns me bc we live in the woods and although he is an indoor cat, he has been known to escape and spend the night outside on occasion. I don’t want to leave him with decreased defenses. Any recommendations will be appreciated.

  16. To Ruth with the feral cat:
    My 16-month-old was feral 14 months ago. He has been clawing at his mouth and growling after eating. Yesterday the vet told me he has stomatitis. They sold me a powder called viralys, which is L-lysine mostly, and palatable to cats. He also got two shots, which I realize you can’t get without the vet visit, but if you can get the lysine powder and also they told me to squirt his gums with black tea. Cooled, of course. That part is difficult but I wrapped him in a towel tightly like a burrito, and do it fast. Be careful not to get tea in his nose.

  17. Thanks for all the suggestions on my Ferule cat. We left town for a few days, and I had run out of the Clavmox for him. sooo… as you can guess, he is in a lot of pain and I don`t even know if I will be able to get him to eat any meds in his food. I am going to pick up some L-Lysin… my guess it is in pill form and hopefully he will eat is. I will quarter it…I certainly can`t give him any meds that you rub on his gums… I have a call into forgotten felines and they are going to get back to me on what to do….. I doubt he will go into a trap. Hopefully they will get me some meds… I just want him to be comfortable and pain free…..No vet will give me anything because the want to see the cat….. WTH…. he`s ferule !!!! I need help !!!!! I hate to see him grabbing at his mouth… If I just leave him, will he just go off and die ??? I’m just sick !!!! help…help…

  18. Has anyone dealt with a cat with stomatitis and with urinary crystals?
    I just found out the awful news today with our inside/outside cat, Jeffrey. I already lost a semi-feral to this terrible condition, and now four years later, his sister has it. Now, Jeffrey. He’s been on supplements for his immune system since he came to us with an excess saliva problem. This has just developed. While I can put him on his back, he fights to have anything put into his mouth. I’ve contacted Dr. Don Hamilton, the homeopath who’s helped me with the other stomatitis cats. Once he’s on a remedy, though, he won’t be able to have anything with peppermint in it, and at least one of the anti-plaque products has it. His new integrative vet prefers we feed him raw, but I’m not crazy about doing this with an immune-compromised cat. I’m in overwhelm. This is our fourth special needs pet, and I thought his only problem was his crystals. Thanks.

  19. To Ruth,

    Re: your feral cat. I hate to say this, but euthanasia may be the kindest course of action. It is so hard to treat ferals. When their mouths get bad, they are impossible to re-trap because they are not as hungry. I’ve had 3 ferals with stomatitis put to sleep in the past 10 years of doing cat rescue and trap-neuter-return. In each case, the vet told me releasing them would be cruel. Your situation is different than most on this board who have housecats that are easily handled. Ferals are always a challenge. Their plight in life can be heartbreaking. I wish you luck in treating the cat and peace in whatever decision you make.

  20. Has anyone tried Feline Interferon treatment? Not the human form, but feline. I know this is not available (yet) in the US, but just curious if anyone has had experience with this?

  21. UC-Davis (near Sacramento, California) has conducted clinical trial with felines using stem cells taken from their body fat, ‘tweeked’, and reintroduced in their system. I live in Carson City, Nevada (3 hours drive from Sacramento) and have contacted them to see if they can treat my cat. I’ve ordered lysine gel and treats and will consider removing teeth as appropriate. I feel *very* confident my veterinarian knows her business regarding all matters oral! Still, I greatly appreciate the wealth of experience provided here! Thank you!!!

  22. Ruth, Thank you for being concerned about this feral kitty and his stomatitis troubles–and for being persistent to trap him and take him to the vet. As Rochelle suggested, the best thing you can do now is try to get the L-lysine and the Plaque Off into him in food. The Plaque Off is available fairly cheaply (the non-brewers yeast version) and lysine is inexpensive. I work with a large cat shelter locally and we work with ferals frequently. The way to try to get him to accept these in food is to start slowly and gradually increase so that he is less likely to reject the food with the things added. Also you could try to find something he really likes (sardines, tuna, special wet food, etc.) to entice him and also further disguise his meds.

  23. Ruth,

    Wow, that’s a difficult situation. From what I’ve heard about feral cats, if you’ve trapped them once it will be incredibly difficult to trap them again.

    I have no idea if antibiotics would be helpful to your cat but it can’t hurt to talk to your vet about this situation and see what he (she) has to say and suggest. If your kitty has stomatitis then Lysine alone probably won’t be enough to help. You can try mixing Lysine and PlaqueOff, or any other powder supplement, in wet food. Here is a video that I made of how I gave it to Lily.

    As for being hereditary, no one knows. One thing vets to agree on is that stress can bring it on or make it worse. If the feral cat cat colony in your area is large then it is possible that the cat is experiencing stress that is contributing to it.


  24. This is all good info. BUT…….. I have a ferrule cat. I can pet him and I do put flea meds on him. I MIGHT be able to shoot some meds in his moth, but maybe only once. He will get wise. He is friendly to a point. I had to trap him, as he kept digging at his mouth, so I thought he had a fox tail or something caught. Took him to Forgotten Felines, as they do a wellness check. It took me weeks to get him in the trap. They knocked him out and said he had this disease. They gave him a cortisone shot…. worked great. ,, for about 6 weeks. I see he is grabbing at his mouth again. My heart is just broken. NOW WHAT >>>>???? I can give him Clavomox pillis in cheese and canned food…. but vets won`t prescribe it with out seeing him,,, cant do that…….. Do you think treating him with Antibiotic is enough to help him ??? Also, how do you treat with the l-lysine ??? I need it to not taste and to be simple. I am open to any suggestions,… remember he is mostly ferrule… Simi touchable.
    Also, is the disease hereditary ??.. wondering if maybe his mom had it….. now that I think about it…

  25. Thank you so much to Shawnee CatMother, Cat Lover, Jimmie Roan for your informative replies to my colloidal silver question and to Rochelle for keeping up this site and forwarding emails she receives. I will take it all into consideration in my regimen for Katy Joy and post updates here. She currently has quite a regimen from my holistic vet (as detailed as Cat Lover’s altho different products) and I’ve decided to try some changes to hopefully make better progress after giving the current recommendations (which are also very expensive) several months. Thankfully, Katy isn’t worse during that time but hasn’t made much progress either. She has been on the Lysine all along but I’ve recently added PlaqueOff and am cautiously decreasing some supplements on her current plan. Since I have the colloidal silver I’ll try that too. Thank You all so much for your help.

  26. Jimmie Roan sent this email to me to post here for Linda B.:

    “ive used it for years, but for flushing the mouth out, just a squirt of whatever you feel like as far as amount, i used a soft tip syringe or baster, i have one i wash his eyes with it, i use it for myself and my granddaughter, scrapes bites, mouth sores etc, the biggest problem is getting the right thing, do some research, don’t take my word or anyones word for where you buy it,use common sense, lots of people are buying some wholesale and diluting it with water, not distilled as required, and selling it off amazon and ebay, there are two main sites ive used for about 10 years now and if anyone wants the names im more than glad to share, i can’t swear that the silver water “cures” anything,but i can tell you for sure i could see the difference, and my 6yr old great granddaughter has insisted her mom keep some around since i introduced it in her life. one other thing while im on my soap box, i read every comment i can find about stomatitis, and have for several years, especially after i found your story about lily, it’s good for so many that care so much share all they do to fight this disease, but everyone needs to remember the basics, no matter what new treatment you heard about or want to try, make sure you do something for the plaqlue, i’m hoping i live long enough to see them find out what causes this disease, and/or cure it, but meanwhile use the suppliments that have proven themselves to work after several years of use, the plaque off and the lysine, these are basically supplements, same with some of the others.”

  27. This is for Linda B
    This is how use it
    Colloidal Silver water shake well, use dropper, use just one squeeze of bulb and put into mouth, half one side and half the other.

    and this is all the other bit I use and the stomatitis has gone
    Cats Medication (three small glasses required)

    You can make up the morning 1st dose in the evening, so that it will save some time in the morning. (ALL MEDICATION TO BE SHAKEN, APART FROM PILLS AND ENISYL-F ) ( PREPARE IN ORDER SHOWN AND GIVE ALL WHEN NUMBER 1 IS READY )
    To make up the following you will need two small glasses and some cold boiled water from the kettle.
    1, In a small glass add FCV support, (use tweezers to get one out), Five drops of Boost, one drop of each, Agrimony & Yellow Dock Root and add 1/2 tea spoon of cold boiled water; syringe this out when dissolved (approx. 15 Mins)
    Colloidal Silver water in blue bottle, shake well, use dropper, use just one squeeze of bulb and put into mouth, half one side and half the other.
    2, Enisyl-F, put syringe on nozzle and pump nozzle twice into syringe, make sure cap goes back on when done.
    3, In a separate glass put two pumps of ArthriAid Omega, syringe up in three lots and give it to him, one at a time, you may need to rub his chin and neck to help him swallow.
    As in number 1 above but without the BOOST.
    In a small glass add FCV support, (use tweezers to get one out), one drop of each, Agrimony & Yellow Dock Root and add 1/2 tea spoon of cold boiled water; syringe this out when dissolved (approx. 15 Mins)
    2, Enisyl-F, put syringe on nozzle and pump nozzle twice into syringe, make sure cap goes back on when done.

    The Slippery Elm Bark (three to four times, if possible, per day)
    Give the made up liquid in the fridge, draw up to top mark of two syringes (2ml), give 15 mins before the rest of medication above, up to 3 – 4 times a day, the last one, give it to them just before you go to bed.

    To make up new batch of slippery elm bark
    Put 1 ½ tea spoons of Slippery Elm bark into a saucepan with 8 ounces of cold water, bring to the boil stirring all the time and continue for three minutes.
    Let it go cold and put in a small container, this will keep in the fridge for five days.
    Hope this helps

  28. This msg is for Linda B. Have already sent you 2 but not sure of how to get around on this website, hope you get them. Just in case you don’t, perhaps this one will reach you. If you scroll back to Nov 09, 2015, Jimmie Roan has a post on that date that tells how he uses colloidal silver and it’s helped me. There are several others from him, me, and Laura in the date range before and after Nov 09, 2015 that you may find helpful. Sounds like you’ve learned a lot about stomatitis, I would love to talk to you more, esp about grinding meat for kitties.

  29. I have colloidal silver but don’t understand how others here have used it for their stomatitis kitty. Asked that question previously but no one replied. I’m thinking you have used it topically on the mouth soreness? (Perhaps with Qtip?). Would also like to know from Melinda how she’s using the Melissa hydrosol for Piper– topical, drops in food, how much, how often? Replies would be appreciated. I have recently switched my Katy from ubiquinone that vet prescribed the last several months to the ubiquinol form of COQ10. Hope it helps. She is also in her 5th week on the PlaqueOff but no noticeable change yet. Being patient as I know it takes time.

  30. Sherrell emailed me the following reply to MsBliss:

    “My cat suffers from severe stomatitis- for several years. He gets steroid injection monthly – antibiotic every few weeks, and pain med every day. I have been adding Colloidal silver for a month or more and it has done no good. Will now try CQ10 as per instructions below. Thanks MS Bliss for suggestion. You never know what might work. Lysine has not helped either. My main goal at this juncture is trying to keep him comfortable.”

  31. I was on Amazon shopping for lysine for my kitty who has an URI. I noticed a reference to this site. I wanted to post something very important: Ubiquinol, not ubiquinone, also known as COQ10, can help heal gums and the mouth. Used in conjunction with other remedies, it might help make the difference for some cats. Be sure to use the ubiquinol form and NOT the ubiquinone form. Ubiquinol helps the gums and mouth heal, aside from it’s other properties. About 30 mg per day may help advance recovery from stomatitis in addition to other treatments. Some cats who are not responding with other treatments will turn a corner with this addition. Give it at least 2 weeks to help.

  32. Scotta,

    I’ve only had experience with one brand of Lysine, so that’s the one I recommend, but there are others that probably work just as well. We use Vitoquinol Viralys.


  33. When I grind my own meat or use frozen pre-ground, I’m adding the various supplements (5 or 6 including fish oil and taurine), organ meats, sometimes egg yolks and/or cooked vegetables according to recipes. The premixes have most nutrients in them but do also want you to add yolks and/or fish oil (omegas).

  34. Natascha, I’m 7mo into this so still somewhat of a newbie. But I’ve done a lot of online reading/research (info mostly from holistic natural vets) and learn more everyday. Right now I’m varying meats and several recipes with the idea that variance is more likely to cover the nutritional needs while I continue to learn. I can give you links I trust but it’s important to educate yourself if you want to try to make your cats food. You are already way ahead of most people because Dahlia is already eating meat and no kibble. Now it’s finding what she will accept that has the needed nutrients added to the meat. The easiest thing to start with (which I did) is to order some samples of premixes and start to add slowly to what Dahlia currently likes. I still use premixes at times but also have progressed to either grinding my own meat (with or without bone) and organs or buying preground meat with bone and organs from a company that specializes in pet meats and delivers frozen orders monthly in my town. Costco is a good source for fresh chicken and beef stew meat. I have a nice electric grinder that will grind raw chicken bones but none larger. Never feed cooked bones to cats-they splinter and are dangerous. Premixes from Alnutrin ( and TC Feline ( They also have a lot of raw feeding info on their sites. Also check out (google) Dr. Lisa Pierson (, info/videos (online and also on YouTube) from Dr.Karen Becker on feeding pets,, and Good luck. I’d be glad to help any way I can.

  35. Linda B, do you have a recipe for your raw food? And do you use different meats or only stick to one? Rochelle, thank you so much for creating this page. After talking to the vet I felt hopeless. She didn’t really offer any suggestions other than steroids from here on out. After reading here for a while I feel like I can help her manage this.

  36. My cat, Blackie, has just been diagnosed today. He apparently has been in pain for some time because his stomatitis is soooo severe. I only realized this week when he started growling like something was attacking him. The vet has put him on something to boost his immune system with pain reliever in it and antibiotics…both liquid. I look forward to him feeling better. Blackie had been eating up until about a day and a half ago and when we got back from the vet, he went straight to the food bowl. I generally feed him dry cat food, but gave him some wet cat food and he ate it up without expressing any discomfort. I’m glad I searched and found this website. I will try L-lysine and plaque off, too. The steroid cream on the ears seems to be an easy treatment as well. What brand of L-lysine do you recommend

  37. Natasha, I have been feeding mostly homemade raw meat cat food since January and it has made a big difference in the health and activity of all 3 of my cats–including Katy Joy who was diagnosed with stomatitis a couple weeks before I made the switch. I was already feeding 2 wet grain free canned meals a day but took away a bedtime meal of kibble cold-turkey st that time. I feel getting rid of the kibble was the best decision and made the most difference. Cooked chicken is a good meal for Dahlia BUT she will quickly become deficient in vital nutrients unless you also add supplements which give needed calcium/phosphorus or bone meal, taurine, vitamins (especially E and B’s), omegas, etc. You can buy premixes that are meant to be added to raw or cooked meat to made the diet complete. Alnutrin is one of the ones I use and it is good because it isn’t a large amount to add so is less detectable. You just mix it with a certain amount of chopped meat chunks or ground meat..Of course plain chicken, other plain meats, canned tuna, even baby food are useful and Ok for a short time when a cat is refusing food–but once they are eating well, they have to have more nutritionally complete food. Cats do not need veggies but they do have to have certain nutrients beyond plain meat in order to maintain health. In the wild they would be eating the whole prey which would include bone and organs which supply those needed nutrients.

  38. Natascha,

    It sounds like you are a wonderful caretaker to Dahlia.

    I haven’t tried a raw diet but others on here have and will probably chime in to help you out. It’s good that she is eating chicken, so keep it up until you find something else she is willing to eat. You can sprinkle the Lysine and PlaqueOff on the chicken and she will probably eat it without noticing anything has been added.

    As for natural pain management, I do not know of any but have also never looked into it. Hopefully someone here can offer advice.

    Please keep us posted on Dahlia’s progress.


  39. My 8month old kitty, Dahlia, has been diagnosed with stomatitis. I can tell she hurts. My vet has tried antibiotic injections and steroid injections with no luck. Also apoquel with no luck. We have changed to a pill antibiotic now and another round of steroids by mouth. I hate the thought of her being in pain her whole life. I just ordered l-lysine and plaque off. Also a problem, she is a rescue that was starving herself at the shelter. She eats now but only meat. I currently bake chicken for her every day. Has anybody had luck with a raw diet helping with stomatitis? Is there something I can buy for pain management other than narcotics from the vet.
    Any suggestions appreciated, and yes, I have tried over 30 different cat foods, wet and dry. She will not touch it


  40. Thank you Rochelle for your encouragement and reply to my question. I’m continuing the PlaqueOff (basic one without brewers yeast) and am so grateful that Katy Joy accepts it in her food as she can be picky about such things. Also glad to hear from Melinda with her positive update on how Piper is healing. I am really interested too in the essential oil treatments she is using and would like to know more. I have been using different blend from my holistic vet but wish were more effective. Melinda–how are you doing the Mellissa hydrosol and what brand is it? Sounds very effective against viruses. Also is the mouthwash from Young Living the one that’s called Theives Mouthwash? Do you just apply topically with a Q-tip?

  41. Piper update from May 10th and May 28th post: Piper (11 year old female) continues treatment of homeopathic liquid, Mellissa essential oil hydro-sol, and essential oil mouthwash daily as well as eating Pet Tao wet food. Stomititis greatly reduced. Will continue treatment until September. Holistic vet anticipates treatment will eliminate stomititis all together.

  42. Linda,

    It can take up to eight weeks for PlaqueOff to work so keep giving it to Katy Joy. I fed it to Lily once a day using a full scoop, but since it’s the same amount I don’t know if it matters.


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