If your cat exhibits these symptoms, take him to the vet immediately. In order to do a complete exam, your vet will most likely give your cat a general anesthetic. This may be the best way to examine your cat, since the necessary manipulation of your cat’s mouth without anesthesia would be much too uncomfortable.
Upon examination of your cat’s mouth, your vet may see red, inflamed gums that bleed easily. She may also spot sores or lesions on the gums, roof of the mouth and back of the throat. She will take X-rays to check for damage to the teeth and may do a tissue biopsy to rule out other conditions.
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