Q. Rescued a 9 year old cat with calici ands stomatities. Are these two treatable? She seemed in pain often due to the stomatities.

A. A calicivirus infection often causes mouth ulcers which are very painful. Usually symptomatic treatment and supportive care is needed. Antibiotics can be helpful, especially in order to curb secondary bacterial infections. If your kitty has stomatitis caused by the calicivirus , they should eventually heal as your kitty recuperates. If they do not heal then further investigation is necessary to differentiate this from other stomatitis causing diseases. You may want to feed her canned food, the pate type, and you can even add a little water to it so the food gets more like a gruel. This should be less painful for her to eat. Do not use plastic bowls. Calicivirus infections can have a prolonged course in older cats. Also give her lots of TLC.

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A. These are vital in origin and are not curable, but like viruses that we carry, they can go into remission. A stable, stress free environment and a healthy diet will help to encourage remission. In the meantime, a medication called buprenorphine can be prescribed and will help with pain.

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