Monday, January 26, 2015

Maggie's cat mouth ulcer update: Break out the confetti! It's good news!

Maggie the cat in her bed

A week or so ago, I wrote up a blog post about a "suspicious" spot I'd found deep in Maggie's mouth. At the time, her veterinarian didn't want to do a biopsy on that spot, as it looked like she had an infection going on. Poking a needle into that pocket didn't seem like a good idea. So she got a shot of antibiotics, and I was told to watch her carefully.

This is what the spot looked like then.

Maggie the cat and her rodent ulcer

This is what the spot looks like now.
Maggie the cat and her ulcer

You'll notice that she's much more willing to open her mouth up, and a lot of the redness and inflammation has gone away. In addition, the top of her mouth has completely healed up. Now she just has a little bit of pinkness going on at the corners of her mouth.

So what's going on here?

It's hard to tell without doing a full biopsy, and that's something we may end up doing if the mouth doesn't fully heal up. But there are some theories.

Firstly, she could be dealing with something super simple, like an abscess. Maggie sometimes eats snacks she finds on the floor, like bits of corn chips and edges of carrots. She also likes to play with plants, including a fern that has some spiky leaves. It could be that she was poked in the mouth, and that poke turned into an abscess that has healed due to antibiotics.

Second, she could be dealing with a more serious form of a cat ulcer. I've written about this before, but Maggie has a form of autoimmune disorder that allows her body to attack the tissues of her mouth. It isn't at all unusual for her to get very painful sores on her lip that don't want to heal up, and after a few weeks, they seem to go away like magic. It could be that she's now getting these ulcers inside of her mouth instead of on her lip. That means I'll need to go on the hunt for a new type of food that she won't react to. I'm working on that now.

And, of course, she could still be dealing with cancer. That seems unlikely at this point, since the spot is getting so much smaller with antibiotics, but I'm watching closely.

At this point, though, I have reason to be optimistic that Maggie will be here for many more years to come. And that's great!

Maggie the cat resting

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