Ask Elizabeth

November 2016 Issue

What Awaits a Maine Coon Who Has a Serious Case of Gingivitis?

I am very sorry to hear about your kitty’s problems, and I understand your concern completely. Dental disease is fairly common in cats, and diseases of the gingiva, or gums (the part of the soft tissue lining in the mouth that surrounds the teeth) can cause problems ranging from discomfort to tooth loss, depending upon the cause and severity of the condition. Perhaps a brief discussion of what gingivitis is and what may cause it would be helpful.

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