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Why is my cat's gum red and slightly swollen?

Holly in Tavares, FL
June 29, 2016

I was petting my cat tonight and noticed that its gum is red and swollen. It doesn't look nasty, but I'm sure it's not normal either. What could be the cause?

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User in Jackson, NJ
Sept. 3, 2016

Multiple things may have caused this from biting on accident on itself to a cat fight to gum irritation from food or something they nibbled on. You might want to have your vet check it out and make sure it doesn't have gum disease as well.

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It sounds like your cat might have dental or periodontal disease. It's something that happens to a lot of cats especially as they get older. I would talk to your vet about it. See if you should be brushing your cat's teeth and what you can do to help make your cat feel more comfortable.

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Agreeing with Isabel. Brushing teeth is also an essential part of your pets health. Cat and dog. Could be Gingivitis, anything. But definitely don't brush any teeth or gums while red and irritated. I've learned all about brushing and the benefits of it from working in a groom shop as an extern groomer and bather and kennel tech. Definitely talk to your vet about this! Not normal, and you want to stop it as soon as you possibly can before it progresses. I've seen abscesses grow and septic infections start!! Not to scare you, just what I've experienced with work. 

Recommend a vet.

Hope this helps! :)
Amanda C.

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