Hiya, this is our first time on this site and we are looking for a little bit of help or clarity. We have read a few other posts on here which sound very similar to the issue we have, and we have done our research in general, but we still feel pretty helpless this will be a very long post since I am not very concise but if you can ready it and help that would be great. Our kitten has been to the vets yesterday, he managed to scratch his eye so we rushed him in. While he was being examined, the vet noticed his gums are very badly inflamed - not just a pink line, they are raw red all over. I have to admit, we were not aware of this, but I would also like to mention that we generally have an issue with our vet practice (so this could have been a persisting issue although he was regularly checked?), which I will explain. The verdict was calicivirus. Previously it has been diet, diet, separation anxiety, diet. Apart from the gums, we don’t see any clear symptoms of either. He's never had a lack of appetite and he grooms obsessively because of his extremely long coat (and his anxiety). He actually loves eating and being groomed, he's a very happy chunk of 14lbs which is about right for his breed. The only strange thing we have noticed in the past week is what we describe as twitchy-chattery mouth, which I could be a reaction to the painful gums. We are not sure where he could catch calicivirus. He is an indoor cat, and we don’t get out much, seems unlikely we could have brought it in. The vet suggested he caught it off mum - but his vaccinations are up to date, the breeders use the same vet surgery and their cats are indoor with no know health conditions, so she ruled that out too. He also has a few issues which could be related, but this is where we feel the vet ignored or shrugged us off every prior visit. Dude’s breath has been unbearable since about 5mnth old. His gums were healthy until now, but he has quite dark build up on his fangs and he is not even a year old. We have seen the vet about this at least 3 times, were told to change his diet and added the separation anxiety, as well as brushing (which he absolutely will not let us do). He has always had tummy problems. It doesn't matter what food he is on; he just has issues going to the toilet. Sometimes it's diarrhoea three times a day, sometimes he won't even go for three days. We are very careful when changing his food and has settled for one which seems to upset him less. Until yesterday, we were told each time that his breath isn't that bad, his tummy is fine, we need to change his diet. For the third or fourth time we repeated all the problems, such as on a bad day he will cry for an hour before or after using the litter; sometimes he hates his back being touched, he wriggles and scowls in pain; sometimes he does what we call rippling, where the back end of his body shakes. So, the vet decided we will put him on steroids once his eye recovers - this will help with the inflammation and with his sensitive tummy. But we are far from convinced. To be honest, we feel like we have been shrugged off again. No one actually told us what tests we could do, what the issues could be, how do we proceed? Even on steroids, what tests can they do and what treatment is available? Could it be something other than calicivirus? That's all I have to say to describe the situation. Does this make any sense to anyone? We tried to talk to the vet about it, but were told to wait and give it a thought… What exactly are we thinking about? Maybe we are just overprotective parents panicking unnecessarily?