Q: What are the black spots on my cat's gums?

June 27, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1 answer | Expired: 2041 days ago

Mary T.

I just noticed weird black spots on my cat’s gums. What’s wrong now?

Chosen Answer

Black spots on your cat's gums are not a problem. Those “freckles” on your cat’s gums are perfectly normal.

Healthy gums in a cat should be firm to the touch, closely attached to the teeth and nice and pink in nonpigmented areas. Swollen, reddened gums are a sign of dental disease — time for a checkup and probably a cleaning. Pale gums might indicate anemia or some other systemic disease — also a good reason to see the vet.

Cat gum freckles are normal, but keep checking the mouth. Even brush kitty’s teeth if you dare.

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