Is your cat’s tongue stuck out because of a respiratory infection? If your feline is eating a monarch butterfly that is not yet ready to emerge, she might make that strange gagging facial expression for a while, and then decide she’s never going to eat another monarch again. If you suspect your cat is suffering from respiratory problems, the first step is to call your veterinarian. A quick exam will reveal if you have an infection or not and you can decide on a course of treatment.
As with any type of oral infections, your vet will prescribe medicine for treating the cause. Your cat may be given oral drops that have antihistamines in them to help reduce inflammation. This is often sufficient to solve the problem.
Another treatment for cats that has been around for awhile is acupuncture. This involves inserting two thin sterile needles into the same spots as the infected area. An acupuncturist inserts a pressure point on the skin where the cat’s tongue is sticking out. Pressure points like these are known to encourage healing in the body. In addition to easing the pain, acupuncturists claim they also promote faster recovery in animals.
Cats that have had their ears clipped are particularly prone to this problem. The ear is made up of soft tissue. It is very sensitive to irritants such as debris, hair, and dust mites. If you have clipped your cat’s ears too short, the resulting wound can cause inflammation and the cat can’t breathe.
To treat the ear inflammation, you may want to rub a bit of oatmeal or cornstarch onto your pet’s paws to increase circulation. It may sound strange, but this actually works!
Cats that have diabetes are at risk for developing complications with their tongue. The body doesn’t produce as much saliva as it does for cats with normal blood sugar levels. When this happens, the food particles stuck between the soft tissues can build up. and lead to inflammation. The tongue will become inflamed and thick if there are no antigens present to fight off the infection.
Cats that are overweight or obese tend to get the problem of swollen tongues even worse. Because of all of the excess weight on their tongue, cats that are overweight tend to develop thick and soggy mucus and lose their ability to properly clean their teeth. If you notice your cat in this condition, try using a natural toothpaste to help ease the problem and see if it helps.
Some people believe that cats may be able to get their tongues stuck by chewing on their nails. Although it is not as common as it once was, it does happen. You can stop this from happening by keeping the nails trimmed or removing them entirely.
In short, there are many simple home remedies for keeping your cat’s tongue healthy. If the problem persists, contact your veterinarian. He or she will be able to recommend a treatment that suits you and your pet’s particular situation.