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Paralysis of the Jaw in Cats



The most effective treatment is supportive care. Your cat will need assistance with eating and drinking. If you are able to provide sufficient care at home, your cat may be treated as an outpatient, but if you cannot care for your cat, it will need supportive nutritional care in the veterinary hospital so that it is receiving adequate nutrients.


If your cat is still able to lap and swallow food that is offered, you can use a large syringe that is placed in the corner of the mouth to feed the cat water and pureed foods, with the cat's head slightly elevated so that it can swallow easily. Fluids can also be administered subcutaneously (under the skin). Feeding tubes are rarely necessary for maintaining adequate food intake, but may be used if your cat is unable to take anything into the mouth or swallow the food that is given. 


Living and Management


This disease usually spontaneously resolves after two to four weeks. One result of this disease is shrinkage of the muscles used for chewing. Once the condition has stabilized and your cat is able to move its jaws normally again, you can help your cat to rebuild the jaw muscles. Your veterinarian will recommend exercises for doing this based on your cat's overall health and age.


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