The vet told me I got a lemon of a cat. A sweet lemon, but a lemon nontheless.
March 12, 2010 12:25 PM Subscribe
Is my vet pulling my leg? Can a cat be allergic to her own saliva?
posted by cgg to Pets & Animals (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Okay... so, my sweet, loveable rescue fostered-turned-adopted cat has bad teeth (among other problems, but maybe those'll be next week's question...). They're really bad teeth -- her breath stinks up the joint. I knew I was in for a lifetime of cat-dental issues. But this?
The vet (highly regarded and recommended, if slightly overpriced) took one look at my cat's teeth, her gums, and the fact she's in pain when you touch her jaw. Then he announced that she had some disease (can't remember the name -- long and complicated) that basically amounted to her being allergic to her own saliva. This was causing her body to attack her gums, due to the ever present layer of saliva that exists on them. And then of course teeth with horrific gums don't do so well either.
Has anyone heard of this before, or is my vet just pulling my leg? I walked in there already expecting a big teeth-cleaning bill -- he has no reason to make stuff up... but this sounds kinda fishy. Not that I don't believe it's possible, but just that it's so common that he can diagnose it in 30 seconds.
I tried googling, but everything brings up reports of humans being allergic to cat saliva, not cats being allergic to their own.
Has anyone heard of this before? Any experiences?