How to Help a Cat With a Sore in Its Mouth

Check your cat's mouth if it seems to be in pain.
Check your cat's mouth if it seems to be in pain. (Image: yawning cat image by graham tomlin from

If you have a cat who has a sore or several sores in her mouth, the cat may be in pain. Try to find out where the sore is located and the size and color of the sore, so you can call your veterinarian to describe the problem. Sores in a cat's mouth are often caused by viruses or by irritants the cat has licked or chewed on. Check the cat's body for sores, too, which can indicate a more serious medical condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Protective first-aid gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Clean cloth
  • First-aid gauze
  • Bowl of lukewarm water

Pet your cat to reassure it. Pick it up and put it on your lap or a table.

Examine your cat's mouth. Use a small flashlight to look inside its mouth.

Clean the sore with lukewarm water and a clean cloth. Remove any dirt and debris that may be in the cat's mouth.

Press lightly on the cat's sore in the mouth with a clean dry piece of first-aid gauze to stop any bleeding or remove any discharge.

Feed the cat canned food until the sore is healed so it is easier for it to chew.

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