What Does the Black Marking on the Cat’s Mouth Roof Mean?

The black streaks on the roof of a cat’s mouth are most likely just melanin. As cats get older, they may develop black pigment spots on their lips and gums. A healthy cat’s lips, as well as her gums, can be pink, black, or both, according to About.com.

There are various clues, according to veterinarian J. Veronika Kiklevich of the Cat Channel, that the black spots are nothing to be concerned about. It is unlikely to be a symptom of tooth injury if the marking is on the tissue behind the teeth rather than the tooth itself. Furthermore, the black spot should be flat, just like in humans; if it is elevated, this is cause for concern. Similarly, the region surrounding the black spot should not be red, inflamed, or bleeding. Finally, if the marking remains the same size, it is most likely merely a pigmented patch, comparable to the marks on a cat’s hair.

A veterinarian should examine any significant changes in a cat’s teeth or gums. This includes if they get inflamed, lose colour, or become a bright pink colour, especially if this is followed by a change in the fragrance of the cat’s breath.

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