Stomatitis is a compound word derived from Latin, as the names of many medical conditions are. ‘Stoma’ means ‘mouth,’ and ‘itis’ means ‘inflammation.’ Therefore the term ‘stomatitis’ refers to an inflamed mouth.
No one is precisely sure what causes feline stomatitis, but some of the popular theories are that the cat’s immune system rejects their teeth as foreign invading objects, either because of a defect in their immune system or because of a harmful bacterial plaque on the teeth themselves.
You may have heard feline stomatitis referred to by other terms, including feline chronic gingivostomatitis, lymphocytic-plasmacytic stomatitis, feline generalized oral inflammatory disease, and immune-mediated feline refractory stomatitis.
Regardless of the name, it is serious, and you need to be able to recognize the symptoms of this painful ailment so that you can seek proper treatment for your cat immediately.