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. Lorrie, PLEASE do not have an additional injection of Convenia! From everything I have heard & read, it is known as “convenient” but has a LOT of possible side effects, including diabetes. Please, if your kitty needs antibiotics, please opt for another. Convenia is in the system for 2+ week and if there is an adverse side effect, you can’t discontinue as it’s in the system.

  2. Faizan,

    Based on what you’ve described it doesn’t sound like your cat has stomatitis. Were you able to find out what she has?


  3. My 10 month old rescue cat was diagnosed with stomatitis today. The vet gave her a two week injection of an antibiotic. Reading through some posts, I assume it was Convenia (?) He said that if the first shot doesn’t clear up the gingivitis, he would give a second shot in two weeks. You would never know that she has this dental disease. She eats everything and has been gaining too much weight! Someone said to stop giving poultry. My cat loves to eat baked or grilled chicken nightly. The vet did say that many cats have to have all their teeth extracted. Hopefully, Pekoe will do well on the antibiotics.

  4. Thank you SO much, Rochelle, for putting up this site, for your great information, and for actively staying involved with it over the course of time! My Sammy has stomatitis and has had all his teeth pulled but the front ones and canines. I felt horrible about it, but my very good vet thought that was the best thing to do. Sammy still has the issue, however, and the vet wants to pull the rest of his teeth, which I am really balking at. I will try your suggestions and see how he does – I have ordered and received both products and have started them immediately!

    One thing, for “Sharon on July 15, 2015 at 12:22 am” and for ANYONE ELSE who feeds their fur babies a diet other than cat food – cats MUST have taurine as a supplement if you do not feed cat food. Your cat will eventually die without it. Please do research and learn about how to properly feed a cat before you make major changes like taking them off cat food entirely.

    I highly recommend a book called “Your Cat,” by Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins, for anyone who has cats. I have found it to be the most sense-making information I have come across when trying to learn more about cats and the things that can happen to them. I had a brother and sister where he developed kidney disease (diagnosed in 2009) and she developed diabetes (diagnosed in 2008), both from eating nothing but “the very best vet-recommended” dry food. I managed his kidney disease for almost five years and got her into complete remission for her last six years, both with NO medication/insulin, simply by learning more about how to properly feed and take care of cats through the Hodgkins book and a LOT of research. I lost him in 2013 at 17 to the kidney disease and her in 2014 at 18 to a seizure, and my vet was very pleased they had done so well for so long.

    My heart goes out to all of you dealing with this horrible disease, and I wish you all some peace and comfort in the knowledge you are doing your best to make life better for our little furry folk.

  5. I have a 1 year old cat. She has been drooling for a month now. Vet says she is having somekind of infection and even after few course of antibiotics her dooling didnt stop. He also said that maybe she is allegergic to the food you give to her, but I mostly give her boiled chicken and sometime canned cat food. When she is on antibiotics course she show some kind of recovery then her condition becomes just like before, her tongue sticks out and she keeps on drooling. I also noticed that she has some hard time swallowing food. Her heart is always beating very fast, when i asked about this from vet he said that she is going through heat cycle thats why, but i doubt that. Another thing kind of unusal is blood on her teeths. I think she has stomatitis, but her gums seems perfectly alright and no signs of bad breath, the problem is just their are red marks on her teeth

  6. Sandy,

    I received a response to your question from Jimmie but it came directly to me. Here is what he said:

    sandy, yes it is the same, i did the same as you and that is the number and it is the same place. i called them right away and you have to give them your vets information and they contact him, they will attach your name and cats name and info to the packet they send the vet. im sure hoping this treatment is successful, my scardy cat has been living with stomatitis for years and gone through so much misery and different treatments, when i ran across rochelle and lily it was a life saver, he responded well for a couple years then has gone back and forth, i change up when the drooling starts, one thing i’ve not changed, i started using silver water as a rinse about 2 years ago and i still do it morning and evening before meals. i do the other treatments after meals. i have changed brands of water is all. i was using 10ppm and now buy concentrated 120ppm and break it down with distilled water to about 20 to 30ppm.

  7. Sylvia,

    A woman named Monika sent me an email that she asked me to share with you. Here it is:

    My cat Joey was semi feral.
    I could rarely catch him.
    He is one of 22 cats in my house who are all rescues.
    Joey got stomatitis nearly 2 years ago. I noticed that he kept
    getting thinner and was afraid of his food. He was 15.

    After a wait I got an appointment at an veterinary dental surgeon
    in Guelph Ontario about an hour and a half from where I live. Joey got
    a total extraction which took about 2 hours.

    When I got him home I put him in a very small room by himself.
    He got metacam for pain and also a cream with codeine that I rubbed into
    his ear. He also got L lysine. I fed him ad from Hills with a syringe several
    times a day. He stayed in this room for 7 months and now goes in there
    by himself at night.
    Because I kept him cooped up he couldn’t run away and he let me handle him.
    As a result he actually became tamer and gets quite affectionate with me in
    his little room. When he is loose in the house however he still runs away.

    It took Joey about 7 months to get better. The sores kept returning .
    He even had laser treaments which didn’t really work. He finally got a
    prednisone shot (medium strength) and suddenly was better. He’s been
    good for a year now. He does normal cat things and even goes outside.
    He is 17 now.
    I still keep him in his room at night. That way I can give him his L lysine 2x a day
    and can see how much he eats. Also he gets to have his own food and doesn’t
    have to share. If I have to take him to the vet… he is easy to catch.

    So if you have a multi-cat household and your stomatitis cat is skittish..keep
    it isolated for a while. I was lucky insofar Joey’s isolation was from Nov. to May.
    That way he only missed mostly cold weather and was able to enjoy summer

    I hope this will help.


  8. Thanks for your reply and information. I e-mailed them – called number but had to leave a message – mine would have been lengthy. Thank you again. I’ll let you know if and what I hear back.

  9. Sandy,

    I just searched for this clinic and what I found is that the name of the location changed and is now called Veterinarians Dental. . Here is a link to their website –, (972) 385-8400.

    It is possible that the information I shared above is wrong since I haven’t called to confirm that this is the dental clinic Lynn talked about. Please let us know if they are helpful to you.

  10. Nicky,

    The prednisolone that I gave Lily was made specifically for her at a specialty pharmacy, so I regret that there is no information for me to send to you. I have no idea what was in it. Is there a specialty pharmacy in your area? This would be a pharmacy that makes medications specific to each customer. My guess is that your vet would know if this kind of pharmacy near you, so you might ask him/her about this.


  11. Sylvia,

    I’m not sure what to suggest since you aren’t able to feed Magic separately, which I understand. Hopefully someone here will be able to suggest something. Also, if you haven’t already, it might help to ask your vet about this.

    Please keep us posted, especially if you find a method that helps Magic.


  12. I recently came upon all this great info. I do have a comment regarding the post by lynn on April 6, 2016 @1.41 pm – I tried to call the phone number she provided – it is the wrong area code/nonworking number. I did a search for the clinic called Dallas Animal Dental – nothing. I am very interested in trying to get my cat – diagnosed with stomatitis into the clinic trial – if possible. If non of this info is correct the comment by lynn needs to be removed. Thank you from sandy georgia

  13. Hi!
    Your advice is really helping me to work with my vet re my cat, Rambo’s treatment. Thank you.
    Could you email me details of the supplier of the prednisolone ointment that you use, cost, % of active ingredients , list of ingredients etc?
    I can’t get it made where I live. My vet will write a prescription but only has pills which neither of us can get into Rambo. An 8kilo previously “stray” cat can fight like fury!!

  14. I’ve read & watched the information on this site and thank you so much.

    I have 2 problems with my cat Magic.

    1. She won’t let me near her mouth to give her medicine/or rub any of the solutions on her gums.

    2. She is one of 10 cats, and even though I watched the video and tried to feed her separately, there is no way I can feed her by herself.

    I took her to the vet twice already, and each time he gave her 2 shots which temporary clears up the problem, I have medicine to give her and all these herbal medicine I’ve sent away for. Before I get her teeth removed, both the vet and myself want to try what I mentioned, but because it is sensitive, she is more skittish than normal, and even if I can catch her and get her mouth a little open, it’s not enough to treat it with the suggested items.

    I can pet her but as soon as I try to go near her mouth she runs away.

    I’d say I’m experienced with sick cats and can usually give the treatment.
    Over the years, my cats live till they are 18, 19, years old, so I’ve given subcutaneous fluids, and fed my cat 3x@day with a feeding tube for 2 months, so I’m patient and gentle.

    I feel hopeless and inept that I can’t treat Magic and don’t know what to do.

    Any advice/suggestions would be much appreciated.

    Thank you.


  15. Bernadette,

    I’m so glad this site has been helpful to you! And I’m thrilled to hear that the PlaqueOff has helped your Lillie. Please keep us updated on her progress.


  16. The Clinic called Dallas Animal Dental has a medicine that works amazing on Stomatitis. I have one cat that has been on it for two years now and another for 6 months. My Benny had Stomatitis so bad and was in so much pain until I found this. It is in clinical trial phase so your vet has to sign a nondisclosure statement. It cost $48.00/mo. and the side affects are hair balls because your cat can finally clean himself and sometimes they get fat because they can finally eat. Their phone number is 972-385-8409. I highly recommend it and I have no connection to the clinic except that my cats are patients. If anyone has any questions feel free to email me.

  17. Wanted to thank you for the information you wrote on stomatitis. I have an almost 3 year old Persian, Lilya (Lillie) who came from a top breeder. Lil had just terrible breath from day and and got quite ill about a week after I got her. Her gums were fire engine red and vet kept saying it was because she was teething. Once she passed the teething stage, this continued so we tried many different courses of anti-biotics. I took her to a different vet who diagnosed her with herpes, and on my own research, I started L-Lysine. At one point in my research, I came across stomatitis and made a point to ask vet, who quickly said no. This has gone on for over two years now and about 5 weeks ago, Lillie seemed to have a sore mouth, her gums were red and she wan “off” her food. That is when I came back to stomatitis again and found your web site. I have been giving her the Lysine all along but thought, what the heck, I’ll order the Plaque Off – what’s another $16?!!! The Plaque Off came, I looked at it and saw it resembled course black pepper and thought to myself “no way” she won’t touch this! But, she did. Not only did she like it but her brother who is the biggest pickster ever became interested in “her” food so I started sprinkling his as well. It has now been just over a month and Lillie is like a crazy kitten! She has never been this alert, this playful, and is bright eyed & bushy tailed. Her mouth is so much better already and for the first time in her little life, the red gums are fading. I am not sure that Lilya had “full blown” stomatitis, maybe she did but the Lysine was helping a LITTLE. But I owe you a HUGE THANK YOU for sharing this information!

  18. Sue,

    The longest that Lily was on a steroid called Prednisolone was a little over a year, then I was able to wean her off of it. Prednisolone is not very strong, and it doesn’t look like any damage was done. According to my vet, the one you need to be really careful with is Depo (that’s short for something that I don’t remember).

    You might find it helpful to get a second opinion to see what another vet suggests. As an FYI, I found my vet by talking to our local cat rescue group. They know ALL the vets in our area and recommended two, both of whom were very good. You might also ask your local cat rescue group how they deal with stomatitis, since I’ll bet they have experience with it.


  19. Nancy,

    Oh, your poor boy! Stomatitis is difficult enough for cats, but TomTom has several battles to deal with. Please keep us posted on his progress.


  20. This is absolutely wonderful to hear! I’m so glad that Frankie is a healthy kitty these days. Thank you so much for sharing this. 🙂

  21. This is a very informative site, thank you.

    One thing I would like to point out, is that diabetes is not a death sentence. In fact with the right care, it is quite manageable. I’m not sure why your vet told you that you cannot give a diabetic cat steroids, because that’s not true. It is certainly not ideal, but if your cat needs prednisolone and is also diabetic, you can give it to them. It will most likely increase the amount of insulin that they need, but it may be your only choice to treat an even more serious condition such as asthma or pancreatitis.

  22. Rochelle, this is an email I sent out to my friends who love cats to tell them the good news and I thought of you and wanted you to know how much you and your website have helped me to deal with Frankie’s affliction. I first contacted you back in 2013—-at that time — when he first appeared in our garage, he was estimated to be about seven years old and was in very poor condition.

    I had never heard of stomatitis, and your website was a blessing! Thank you so very much!

    Frankie was in for his 6 month checkup (Tuesday. 3/1/16)and his mouth and throat were perfect, actually beautiful, and all his vital signs were normal. Dr. Allred was out in the cow pastures so Dr. Locklar, who substitutes for him when he’s out, said Frankie is doing grrrreat! Told me to Keep up the good work. She gave Frankie a very through examination and a blood test that covered everything in his little body. (12 pounds)

    Frankie Loves those Temptation Salmon Treats he gets after his medication Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

    When blue-eyed Frankie first appeared in our garage in August of 2013 he was in awful, terrible condition, the vet, at the Gila Animal Clinic Doctor Diedre, said it was the worst case she had ever seen.

    His mouth and throat were so red & sore he could hardly eat.

    They prescribed Amoxicillan and said he should be kept in isolation. Thinking it was contagious.

    They tried a bunch of stuff, I have it all listed on a 4×6 card.

    I went on line to a website called http://www.stomatitisincats and Rochelle said if your vet says your stomatitis cat is contagious go to another vet, which I did. Went to Dr. Allred and said I wanted a medication a bit stronger than amoxicillin. He suggested azithromysin. So in August of 2014 we started Frankie on 1/2 ml every other day (1200mg). And its still every other day————–Until the last six months —Now its Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, my days off.

    Frankie has been out and about in the large cat fenced in yard running around, chasing Smokie, our 3 year old Russian Blue that arrived in our garage along with Frankie! Frankie is a happy fellow!

    We have no problems with stomatitis being contagious he’s been out and about and doing great for two years, eating out of the others dishes and drinking out of the same water fountains. No Problems with any of the five others. Keeping him in confinement was not an option I could go with.

    He is stomatitis free right now, but we are still staying with the three times a week routine —– It is a horrible disease, but now we know it can be containted and he can live a pain free normal life!

    Thank you Rochelle for your support!


  23. My big red neutered boy, TomTom, was diagnosed with Stomatitis today. He had his teeth cleaned and they were in need of cleaning, but they were not infected. His mouth and throat however are terribly red, swollen and painful. His head – where his temples are – appear swollen and puffy and the inside of his ears were also fire red. Tommy spent yesterday and overnight at the vet’s office. He is on an antibiotic that passes the blood/brain barrier, a steroid, eye gel and we have a moraphine type drug for pain when necessary. I have lysine in gel and chewies and will start them now based on what I’ve read on this site. Great site.

  24. Hello All – this forum has been very informative and I hope to get some advice on my 12 year old cat. She had all of her teeth extracted about two months ago and after about two weeks, started eating and gaining weight again. About a month ago though, all of the painful symptoms (yelping in pain, clawing at month, not eating/drinking) came back and my vet prescribed an anti-inflammatory medicine. He said that there is the possibility that she may need to stay on meds long term which could cause liver shut-down. Have any of you ever had a cat stay on long term medical treatments for stomatitis that resulted in a shorter life span for the kitties? Thank you in advance for your feedback

  25. Amy,

    No, I don’t know if gel is better than powder for the Lysine. My guess is that it wouldn’t matter as long as your cat takes it. It would be like baby Tylenol, which is liquid, vs. adult Tylenol, which is in pill form (ignore the difference in strength for my example). I hope it helps your kitty!


  26. Hi Rochelle. I am so grateful to have found your website. We have a 2 1/2 year old cat who suffers from stomatitis. We had all but his four canines removed in November 2015 and when we took him back for a post-op check up in January, while there was a definite improvement, his gums were still inflamed. We started a course of steroids and have had excellent results, but one week after weaning Cooper off the prednisone, he is now only opening his mouth half-way when he yawns.

    The vet dentist gave us lysine gel to give him and I noticed that you use it in a powdered form. Do you know if one or the other form is more effective?

  27. The PlaqueOff is meant to prevent plaque from building up on teeth so I understand why people wonder why I still give it to Lily even though she doesn’t have any teeth. Apparently, there is still plaque in the mouth even when there are no teeth, and it is believed that plaque is a trigger for stomatitis. Lily’s teeth had already been removed when I first gave it to her and I was desperate to find something that helped, along with the Lysine and steroid cream that I was giving her at the time. I tried the PlaqueOff, not knowing if it would do anything at all, and found that it worked wonders on her stomatitis.

    I documented Lily’s progress on PlaqueOff (although I didn’t take a picture when we first starting giving it to her because her mouth was too painful to open for a picture), and you can see it here, near the bottom of the page –

    I hope this helps.


  28. I don’t remember what food I fed our cats before Lily had her teeth removed but after her surgery I switched to Iams. It has very small kibbles that Lily can easily swallow without needing to chew first.

  29. It’s me again. Those of you who had tried the special diets and ended up having all your kitties teeth removed, did you go back to feeding them the food they liked or did you continue to try and feed them the special diet food? I can’t get my baby to like the special diet food. I don’t want her to not eat, especially now that she has not teeth to always eat just dry food.

  30. My Cheetah has stomatitis and for the past year we have been through a lot of stuff. She had her back teeth removed, then a special diet, then the rest of her teeth removed. It doesn’t seem to matter what we do it continues to come back. I was giving her both Lysin and Plaque off, but after the dentist removed the remaining teeth, she said not to give it to her anymore. Any reason you continue to give your cat Plaque off even with no teeth?

  31. I have had many cats over the years, and they have always been healthy for the most part. I recently rescued two kittens off the streets of Hialeah, where my friend worked. He brought them to me in Pompano. After about a year one of the kittens has turned up with stomatitis. This is new to me. We take cat treats (Temptations) and a rolling pin and smush the treats into powder and add water. This is the only thing he will eat. After a couple of minutes the powdered wet food absorbs all the water, so we add more water and stir, and then he will begin to lick it again. After a couple of minutes we repeat with more water until he has gotten some sustenance. I feel so bad for him. He does enjoy licking plates at the end of our dinner, otherwise I think he would starve to death. Sometimes I make a chicken dinner using cream of chicken soup, he seems to really like this. Good luck all. I have not tried any other treatments yet. He is sweet and loves to just plop or sleep on us. But if I touch near his mouth, he will avoid me for a couple of days.

  32. i’m so glad i found this forum!

    I took in a couple cats a couple years back from a friend and had to put one of her two to sleep about a year ago (i now believe it was for a severe case of stomatitis now). now my friends other kitty, Zoey, i believe has stomatitis. She does not cry out in pain but she has lost a lot of weight, she drools a lot, sometimes theres a bit of blood mixed in. she smells terrible and is unable to keep her fur clean..

    i took in another cat to keep Zoey company and he seems well so far, hes a big boy!His previous owner had me giving him l-lysine when i gave him wet cat food but that is quite rare…but i’ve never given Zoey any…so i’m REALLY glad that should help.

    I also have read that ProDen PlaqueOff will help and its only about $14 online!

    i’m going to buy a kitty brush and tooth paste for Connor, but i’m afraid this would be too painful for Zoey right now. I was also recommended dentabites from temptations.

    I’m going to try and either find a dry cat food with no corn or gluten or just go strait to baby food in meat flavors and wet cat i’ve read online for my Zoey. I believe shes 12 years old now and i’m in college so i cant really afford to take her to a vet unless these options dont work unfortunately. :/

  33. Hi Linda – human grade (Now Foods L-lysine powder) has no flavor, the Tomlyn is fish and chicken liver flavored.

  34. Hi Linda
    I found out about silver water on this site, if you scroll up and look at the older posts you will find a lot about it
    I cannot get a higher grade of Silver water as you do over in the US I’m in the UK, the highest grade I can get is 45ppm I give 3 to 4 sprays in the mouth three times a day
    I hope this helps
    Happy New Year x

  35. Deb, is human grade l-lysine the same as the Tomlyn? I received my Tomlyn since posting above, and most, though not all, of my felines will eat it mixed into their wet food.

    Khrystian, so happy with you, that you’re baby is cancer free. You are going into the New Year happier than you were at Christmas–great news!
    However, keep in mind that stomatitis can be a really difficult illness. Very sad to say, I lost Chatterbox 2 days ago. Had been treating him for stomatitis since early this year. He had other ailments going on the last couple of weeks, just couldn’t pull out of it. Also, for weeks after he was first diagnosed, I was not dosing him regularly, as I should have. (My mother was ill, passed in mid-May 15, I was a caregiver for her, much family upset, dosing the cats was where I fell down on the job, unfortunately.)

    Val, good to know about the effectiveness of laser treatments. I am in US, so seeing your vet isn’t really an option, lol! Could you say how long after treatment/s did it take for healing to be evident, and how many treatments, how many days apart, did you get? Am so glad your girl is better.

    Catlover, how do you make your silver water? What silver, how much in how much water, etc. Thx.

  36. Val, you say you use Yogurt is it Greek Yogurt you use, do you use anything else? I have started using silver water and I have seen a lot of improvements

    My Gr Ch,
    Does not mind her mouth being touched..most of the soreness has gone,,and new skin has grown.. I would urge anyone to give it a go,, Even the upset tummy has gone away since I followed up with Yogurt.
    Should you want to talk to my vet .. It is Falkland vets in Newbury Berkshire,
    Tel 01635 46565

  38. One of my vets have used laser treatment on my old Grand Champion girl for Stomatitis, I am so please she is a diffrent cat, does not mind her mou

  39. What kind of L-lysine do you use? The Tomlyn powder I use in my FELV+ cat’s wet food dissolves so I don’t think a cat could eat around it. You might try Viralysis Oral Gel (I get mine from Amazon). I sprinkle human grade dry L-lysine in the other cats’ dry food, but also give the gel to my one cat with feline herpes to be sure she gets a full dose (on finger 2x/day).

  40. Khrystian,

    I’m sure it was a relief to find out your cat doesn’t have cancer, but I’m very sorry to hear that she does have stomatitis.

    I mix the Lysine with a small amount of wet food and water so that it gets completely mixed up with the food and Lily can’t eat around it. Have you watched the video that I made showing how I give Lysine and PlaqueOff to Lily? You can see it here –

    If you decide to also try the PlaqueOff please keep in mind that it takes up to eight weeks to start working, so it’s best to start sooner than later.


  41. My 8 year old Siamese cat was just diagnosed with ulcerative Stomatis. This diagnosis comes after the vet prepared us for mouth cancer. We are relieved that she has something that is treatable since the vet recommended putting her to sleep if it was cancer. It is severe he says. It’s on her tongue and throat as well her gums. He said her teeth are not bad so he wants to remove them as a last resort. She’s been on lysine for a week but I can’t get her to take it. She eats around it in wet food. I’ve seen an improvement with the lysine so I want to make sure she takes it. She is starting to gain back weight and eat dry food again. Any suggestions we appreciate. This cat is my 14 yearolds baby. It was a very emotional Christmas waiting for her biopsy results.

  42. Well, I am really happy and excited! I poured some of the I-5000 into a very small little plastic cup thing, then dipped cotton swabs into it–and the cats almost seemed to like my putting it in their mouths and on their gums! I was really surprised. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow. I know they’re each getting more than 1 or 2 drops, but guess it won’t kill them–at least I hope it won’t!

  43. This is for Laura and anyone else who uses Invive 5000: I have the I-5000 now, but please, tell me how you get just a couple of drops of it? I tried pouring some into a tiny little plastic cup that measures in mils, but it’s kind of thick. I don’t want to waste any, and dipping a cotton swab into the bottle isn’t an option. Please help!

    I have one poor guy, Chatterbox, who I’ve been treating since Jan or Feb of this year–almost a full calendar year of dealing w/stomatitis, and I am very anxious to try the silver on him. He hasn’t been eating well since last week, suspected that his mouth was sore again, so today, we saw vet, again. I just had him and 3 others in 7-10 days ago, and he was doing much better, so sad it flared up. Have been treating 5 (lost 1 few days ago, due to age as well as illness), with liquid prednisolone and Viralys gel, 2x/day for each med. Today, vet said to take everyone off the liquid prednisolone, that it’s not helping. Keep them on Viralys, and gave Chatterbox, who is not so Chatterboxy right now!, Clavamox and Veraflox (in?–can’t remember how it ends). So now my challenge is to get CB out from under the bed so I can medicate him! There is a place that is nicely warm and he loves it there!

    Also, somewhere online, I read a comment from a man who said that Tomlyn brand of l-lysine is the same as vetoquinal’s Viralys, that vetoq now owns Tomlyn. I called the toll-free # on a tube of the Viralys gel and talked to a company rep who confirmed that both are owned by vetoq, and that Tomlyn brand and the Viralys are identical. –And Tomlyn is quite a bit less expensive. I’ve been using the Viralys gel, but am ordering Tomlyn granules. (Ordered grans some months ago, have small bit left and tried it on several of my cats, just poured on their canned food, everyone liked it fine–hope that lasts!). Last week, I ordered 2 containers of the Tomlyn from, who sent e-mail saying it’s on backorder, no ship date given, and it’s not now listed on their website. They had the best price I could find, but I need it NOW, so prob will pay more, but I need it. Today, at vet’s ofc., I got a new tube of Viralys to tide me over until I can get granules. (FYI, I pay $15.00/tube for it, from the vet).

    Months ago, when I ordered the l-lysine granules (by vetoquinal), also got Plaque-Off. I will feed it to everyone who will eat it, but most of my kit-kats don’t like it, sad to say. I’m so ready for them to not have bad mouths any more. It’s been a long haul for them and me. Also, I think the vet said she thinks they are into calici virus, not sure. Need to check with her. Was so worried about poor Chatterbox, didn’t pay good attention. She did say he has an infection of some kind; his temp was 104. Not quite sure what combination of calici and stomatitis means. Apologies for long post. Looking for answers, as are we all.

  44. Someone here mentioned Convenia. Please know that this drug is highly controversial and has killed a lot of cats. A simple Google search will bring up hundreds of warning sites. It stays in the body for 65 days, so aside from the dangers of the drug itself, you must be careful as to what drugs you give your cat during this time due to interactions. My cat was given Convenia Oct. 23, and she still isn’t right. She nearly died at first. And there was nothing I could do to stop it because it’s active in the body for two weeks. If nothing else, consider that logic… That if your cat has a bad reaction to Convenia, you just have to pray that they’ll live through it. You’re playing Russian roulette with your beloved pet.

  45. Jackie,

    If your cat has been to the vet and their treatment has not helped this is what I would do for your sick kitty. Get some cat or kitten formula, add a can of goat’s milk, two eggs, a can of water and some cat vitamins. I like to use Nupro health nuggets for cats ( a couple of scoops should do it) mix all together. If your cat will drink then feed this formula that way, if your cat is not drinking use a medicine dropper. In the mean time get some colloidal silver. Put some on a cotton swab and apply to your cat’s gums at least once a day or maybe twice, morning and evening. You can probably find the silver at a health food store, if not it can be ordered online. FYI put the silver on the swab full strength.

  46. Is there anyone on here from the uk that knows where I can get colloidal silver water higher then 45ppm, as this is the highest I have found

  47. I have one almost that age. He has been on prednisone daily for several years now for inflammation. when it gets severe, he gets an antibiotic injection, usually Convenia that works for two weeks. This usually gets him eating again. Plus good soft food of course. My vet even suggested he may prefer it cold to ease the mouth pain.

  48. Hello,

    I have changed the wording regarding steroids and diabetes. The information I shared came from my vet but I changed it from sounding like a death sentence was certain to the possibility that it could be a bad thing.

    I have never heard of Virbagen Omega, but hopefully someone can give you information about this. Please keep us posted if you learn anything about it.


  49. Jackie,

    I apologize that I am unable to tell you what will help but if your cat isn’t eating you need to take him (her) to your vet asap. Cats can go downhill very quickly when they refuse to eat so you don’t want to wait in seeking medical help.


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