Currently, there is no cure for Stomatitis, but symptom and pain free is the next best thing for the kitties we love! I have created the completely all natural supplement for Stomatitis kitties and hope you will try it and post your experience on our Facebook page.
Lola's story - In May of 2015 I adopted a two year old kitty from a "rescue" home. Not until the following day when I took her to my Vet did I find out she had Stomatitis. Having just lost my 16 yr. old cat a few weeks earlier to kidney failure, I was stunned and heartbroken as I sat listening to my Vet explain to me everything he knew about this very difficult and painful disease, one I had never heard of before. No cure and no satisfactory treatment; it was going to be painful, chronic, expensive and a real commitment. Clearly, we had our work cut out for us.
Lola and I went home and started our journey. Researching everything I could, and then deciding because of her young age and advanced illness, the teeth extraction would be the route I would take to give her the best chance at any quality of life. First removing eight back teeth hoping that would help, but there was no improvement; a short time later removing the rest of her teeth. Controversial and extreme, yes, but she was only two years old and I felt this was her best chance. During this period she was on the standard monthly cortisone shot and during these periods she did well. Eating, playing, fearless, and sweet as she could be, quickly becoming large and in charge of the house - all seven pounds of her!
Lola recovered well from the surgery, but sadly she did not fall into the 60% that received some improved level of relief from the extractions. So, we became accustomed to our new routine...cortisone shot, three days to bounce back, three(ish) weeks of feeling and eating well, symptoms returning in the third week, another shot every fourth week. During these next seven months I continued reading and trying every possible remedy that may provide her relief in hopes of lessening the frequency of the shots, which I understood would most likely, at some point, lead to diabetes or other problems.
On December 23, 2015 Lola had her monthly shot. By mid-January 2016 she was symptomatic again. As always I would pry her little mouth open and could see the bright red inflammation on both sides was back. I made her usual shot appointment for the end of the week. However, something then changed. That Monday evening I started giving her a different formula I had put together designed specifically around reducing inflammation and for the first time there was a favorable response. After three days of giving it to her she was perking back up and showed interest in eating again. I decided to cancel her shot appointment and see how this went. By the 8th day she was her happy self, eating normally, playing and when I again pried her little mouth open, the red inflammation was not visible.
I'm posting this on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 15 weeks after her last shot Dec. 23, 2015. Lola remains completely symptom free and living large - sweet, happy and playful, keeping her brothers in line! In the Fall of 2015, my Vet of 30 years, Dr. Larry White, attended the annual A&M Veterinary School feline conference and told me that Stomatitis and IBS were discussed in depth, being considered two of the most frustrating feline diseases because they were still not completely understood and there were no consistently safe, treatments or cure. Dr. White is aware of everything I've been doing and is equally surprised and hopeful that we are heading in the right direction.
Note: Happy New Year! It is now January 1st, 2020 and Lola remains symptom free and has not had a shot in over 12 months!
Update: Now May 2020 and still thriving - with no shots. 4 1/2 years, no shots or meds, and only needs the oil twice a week!
Helpful nutritional information…
Dr. White relayed to me in one of our many conversations about Stomatitis, that he had learned in the 2015 A&M conference that the healthiest whole food for cats is dark meat chicken. "In addition to taurine, dark meat is far richer in minerals such as iron, zinc and selenium, as well as vitamins A, K and the B complex — B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin) B6, B9 (folate) and B12 (cobalamin)." (see complete article below)
Cats are carnivores and do not need all the other food additives found in cat food, which can sometimes create allergies and illnesses. My cats now get broiled chicken thighs. After two weeks, my overweight (FIV) cat started losing weight, gaining energy; their coats were shiny and soft, eyes are clearer and brighter. I usually buy the boneless/skinless chicken thighs at Costco (typically $1.99 a pound) or a butcher shop, and will sometimes find sales for a little less. It was recommended to broil them for 12 - 15 minutes, just enough to kill off the topical bacteria, leaving a little red inside in order to not diminish the nutrients by overcooking.The only thing dark meat chicken does not have that is essential - is calcium. I bought powered Calcium Carbonate, mix a pinch into the chicken once a day and it becomes a healthy whole food. Simple is best! When they seem a little bored, I sometimes will also feed them canned Salmon which has more calcium in it.