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Cats with locked jaws

Thursday, November 8, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

If your cat is having trouble opening or closing it’s mouth, and isn’t eating, it’s time to seek professional help. She may have developed a painful gum abcess, a painful respiratory infection, or be suffering from osteoarthritis. Only a veterinarian can make the diagnosis.  What your cat probably doesn’t have is Tetnus. or as it’s commonly called, Lock Jaw. Characterized as damage to the central nervous system leading to muscle stiffness, spasms and terrible pain, Lock Jaw is caused by natural curing soil bacteria. Tetnus is often linked to barn yard animals but it’s usually rare in cats. However, the disease is often fatal if not treated. Any cat with Lock Jaw like symptoms, must be examined by a veterinarian immediately.

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