Cat mouth issues

Etrics

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My cat has a weird also canker sore looking thing by 1 tooth only, noticed it a week ago, went away next day, but is back now a week later. it's small and red around it kinda. He has no trouble eating hard food, everything seems completely normal otherwise. kinda bad breath but has had bad breath for the 3 years ive had him. Can't afford a vet, i'm on disability. the issue is by the kinda gap area between the teeth where it's red. 5 pics to show cat's mouth. Thank you in advance.

I've been brushing his teeth daily and feeding him Greenies the last week.

He's a good boy. He seems completely happy and healthy.
 

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SirMeow

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Sounds like your cat has some sort of infection going on and really should be looked at by a vet before it gets worse. The bad breath is a telltale of a potentially more serious condition developing.

Looks like a missing tooth there by the looks of it and an infected gum. It might well go away with some simple treatment, but a vet really does need to diagnose this problem.

Can you not get a family member or friend to help you with the vet bills, perhaps a loan allowing you to pay it back at your own pace?

Welcome to Feline Forums. :)
 

KittyJ

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Do his gums hurt when you brush them?

I suggest you buy wet cat food that promotes good dental health.

And the bad breath doesn't sound good either.

Aside from an infection, I don't know what could be wrong with your cat's gums. I hope you get this figured out.
 

Etrics

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Sounds like your cat has some sort of infection going on and really should be looked at by a vet before it gets worse. The bad breath is a telltale of a potentially more serious condition developing.

Looks like a missing tooth there by the looks of it and an infected gum. It might well go away with some simple treatment, but a vet really does need to diagnose this problem.

Can you not get a family member or friend to help you with the vet bills, perhaps a loan allowing you to pay it back at your own pace?

Welcome to Feline Forums. :)
Thank you so much for the reply :) I appreciate it. Few questions more if anyone can answer. Do these things ever clear up on their own? Is it perhaps just a cut or something smaller that could clear up? I'm sort of wondering how long i should wait for something "natural-ish" to clear up on it's own before i'm like "okay this is something more" and need to pay the vets. Also can bad breath be something non serious? He's had it for 3+ years and it hasn't gotten worse and seems better after teeth cleanings, basically since he was born, he's only 4 years old tops. The issue for me with vets is a simple treatment is like $300-500
 

Etrics

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Do his gums hurt when you brush them?

I suggest you buy wet cat food that promotes good dental health.

And the bad breath doesn't sound good either.

Aside from an infection, I don't know what could be wrong with your cat's gums. I hope you get this figured out.
Thank you for your advice! Do his gums hurt? Not that i can tell, i have 2 cats and they both react the same to tooth brushings, always have for years. They don't make any noises of pain or run, they just kinda struggle and lick. The other cat is 100% healthy for sure.
Wet cat food that promotes dental health, got it.
Yes the bad breath i'm not 100% sure what is considered super bad, he's had it since he was born basically and all cat breath kinda nasty to me but his is a lil worse than the other cat in the house.
Thanks again! :)
 

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Anawilliam850

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Since you mentioned that you cannot afford a vet, there are some low-cost options available to you. You can contact local animal shelters or rescue organizations to see if they offer low-cost veterinary care or if they can refer you to a low-cost clinic in your area. Additionally, some veterinary schools offer discounted services through their clinics.

In the meantime, you can continue to monitor your cat's behavior and eating habits. If you notice any changes or if the red spot gets bigger, it's important to seek veterinary care as soon as possible. Also, it's important to continue brushing your cat's teeth and feeding him dental treats to help prevent dental problems in the future.
 

SirMeow

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@Etrics looking over this thread, it's been well over a month since you posted, so I think I speak for everybody when I say we'd be grateful for any updates.

In particular, did you manage to take the cat to the vet and is it any better now?

I'm also thinking that if your finances can't stretch to giving the cat the proper vet care that it needs, then perhaps giving it up to a shelter which can, should be considered. It would be kinder to the cat.