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My wife noticed the cat's bad breath and googled the symptoms, so my wife disocevered it was inflamed gums at our 6 month old Yolda and we took him to the vet the very next day.

As I live in a country where the sphynx breed is not well known, and there is not many of them out there the vet has never worked with this breed before. She was, I wouldn't say clueless, but just as curious as us if this is a normal disease for sphynx cats? Especially when the adult teeth are starting to grow out?

He eats normal amounts of food, but he won't chew it with his back teeth (Which is where it's infected the worst) Tried to search the forums about the same subject, but didn't find anything related to our questions.

We got some painkiller gel (Metacam) to give him and start gently brushing his teeth with a gel we got at the vet's (Stomodine).

The vet did not really want to give Antiobiotics this time due to her lack of knowledge about the Sphynx, and experiences from other cases.

So we really hoped some of you had an answer to these questions and maybe have gone through the same thing?
 

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Welcome to the Lair! You will get a lot of great info while you are here :)

When we adopted Violet (she was 10yrs old) she had breath that could stop a freight train. We took her in and have a dental cleaning done. It worked out great for her however like most Sphynx her teeth are back to the brown color but her breath isn't too bad.
 

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Our Cornish has the worst breath and the worst teeth ever , we rescued him like this. The second week we had him ( he was 7 years old at that time ) we had to bring him to the vet for teethcleaning and he lost then 2 teeth already. He lost last year another 3 teeth. Its not ness the breed itself, just some cats dont have good teeth gene.
Our sphynx'is are fine they have bright white teeth and seem to have no troubles with them.
Maybe go to a Vet that specialises in Cats. I know they are diff then reg cats, but the teeth are still the same .
At 6 months he shouldnt be needing a cleaning yet, but maybe there is some holistic stuff out there like in a specialty petstore ( like a mama papa pet store ) where you can get something for his gums.
I.e. i have a really good petstore near me, that has all specialty items from food to treats to spray to powder etc and a lot of special stuff for sick and recovering animals . Or check online .
 
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Our Cornish has the worst breath and the worst teeth ever , we rescued him like this. The second week we had him ( he was 7 years old at that time ) we had to bring him to the vet for teethcleaning and he lost then 2 teeth already. He lost last year another 3 teeth. Its not ness the breed itself, just some cats dont have good teeth gene.
Our sphynx'is are fine they have bright white teeth and seem to have no troubles with them.
Maybe go to a Vet that specialises in Cats. I know they are diff then reg cats, but the teeth are still the same .
At 6 months he shouldnt be needing a cleaning yet, but maybe there is some holistic stuff out there like in a specialty petstore ( like a mama papa pet store ) where you can get something for his gums.
I.e. i have a really good petstore near me, that has all specialty items from food to treats to spray to powder etc and a lot of special stuff for sick and recovering animals . Or check online .

Thank you guys :) We will try this toothpaste out the month. It's good to know that this is not something that is genetically gained for this breed. The vet talked alot about a breed that is guaranteed to get gum disease (forgot the name).

He will be getting neutered at the end of the month and while he is under the vet will clean his teeth properly. Hopefully this helps. If it does not, I will search for alternative vets or methods for getting rid of the problem.
Or maybe even antibiotics will actually help.
 

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My Leo had a gum infectipn on one side when he was the same age. It took 2 courses of antibiotics to clear it up. The vet should have been able to tell you if it is infected or not. Oral infections are nothing to mess around with, they can quickly lead to more serious complications. Some of the symptoms that Leo had were bad breath, thick and sticky saliva in that area, redness, swelling and a small amount of bleeding. Brushing and using an enzymatic toothpaste is a great idea, but it won't clear up a true infection.
 
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My Leo had a gum infectipn on one side when he was the same age. It took 2 courses of antibiotics to clear it up. The vet should have been able to tell you if it is infected or not. Oral infections are nothing to mess around with, they can quickly lead to more serious complications. Some of the symptoms that Leo had were bad breath, thick and sticky saliva in that area, redness, swelling and a small amount of bleeding. Brushing and using an enzymatic toothpaste is a great idea, but it won't clear up a true infection.
Those are the exact symptons Yoda has. It's like jello on his left side! We tried to just swab carefully with a cotton stick and it was bloody when we took it out... I'll call the vet first thing monday morning!

She thought of antibiotics but she was sceptical because of his age and him growing his adult teeth. It's so weird though, Yoda never complains about any pain, when we pet him or even touches his mouth there is no wriggling away or meowing. Hopefully we encountered it soon enough for it to go away fast. I'll tell her the information we got here and see if she agrees :)

Thank you all so much!
 

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Those are the exact symptons Yoda has. It's like jello on his left side! We tried to just swab carefully with a cotton stick and it was bloody when we took it out... I'll call the vet first thing monday morning!

She thought of antibiotics but she was sceptical because of his age and him growing his adult teeth. It's so weird though, Yoda never complains about any pain, when we pet him or even touches his mouth there is no wriggling away or meowing. Hopefully we encountered it soon enough for it to go away fast. I'll tell her the information we got here and see if she agrees :)

Thank you all so much!
Great, let us know how it goes! They can get antibiotics at that age no problem. It will probably upset his tummy and cause some runny poop, but that is a small price to pay for a healthy kitty. If the vet won't give you antibiotics, I would get a second opinion. That kind of thing is a no brainer, sphynx may look different on the outside but they have the same mouth as a regular cat!!
 

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Cats tend to hide pain very well. I hope your baby's mouth heals up without problems. Let us know how he does.
 

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Glad some one shared their experience with you. If vet thinks it is an infection, then a round of antibiotics would probably do the trick.

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