big black spot on my cats upper palate

by Joy
(Milford CT)

What can cause this? I just adopted this silver bengal 3 year old. I just noticed this spot when she yawned. No other concerns. Could it be a birth mark, like some humans have? she doesn't appear to have any difficulties or other symptoms.

RESPONSE:

You made a good guess. It is similar to a birth mark and it appears on the palate of black cats frequently. My black cat, Max, has the mark and my grey tabby, Coty, also has several. Since your cat is healthy and showing no other symptoms it sounds like the harmless pigmentation that happens with certain breeds of cats.

For example, orange cats are notorious for getting brown/black marks on their noses and lips etc. which are similar to humans having freckles. The main time to get concerned is if the mark is raised like a mole.

So I'm pretty sure that your beautiful silver Bengal is displaying her DNA traits.

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Jan 29, 2021
Black Spot NEW
by: Bree

My male cat Lefty has a black spot on roof of his mouth also. Doesn't bother him.And yes Black cats are smart.

Nov 30, 2020
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by: Anonymous

I have a black cat. He's 7 months old and I just noticed a black spot on the roof of his mouth. He also is so smart. He acts more like a dog. Thanks for the info! 🙂

Oct 15, 2020
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by: Micha

I have a Maine Coone, dark in colors, black, rust, browns, greys, whites. She's simply a beauty to see.She's so loveable. She's 10 months old and growing large.She has a silver dollar size black spot in the center of her mouth.

Aug 11, 2019
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by: Michelle

I have two manx kittens. Both have black spots in the roof of their mouth. They are four months old and really smart. Thanks for the site.

Apr 29, 2019
Black Spot
by: Kevhead

My black cat, Blanche, has a black spot on the roof of her mouth and she’s very, very smart. Everyone who meets her loves he immediately.😎

Feb 03, 2019
Dark spot on hard palate
by: jpa

Some years ago, one of my cats went in for a teeth cleaning. They found a dark spot and it turned out to be cancer. Inoperable. Was crushing to see his decline. I have a tabby that has one, too (and almost in the same spot). While most of the information tells me I shouldn’t be worrried, I’d be lying if I wasn’t concerned.

Jul 16, 2018
Black spot
by: Anonymous

I have always been told it means that they are very intelligent if they have the black spot on the roof of their mouth. Probably an old wives tale, but I have found this to be true with the cats I have had.

Jun 17, 2018
my cat spirit .
by: Anonymous

I think it is a breed thing.Dogs also have markings in their mouth or tonuge.

May 16, 2018
I was wondering also
by: Anonymous

My tabby has it also. Glad to find this website and explanation. I was just trying to get some good close up pics of my cats face with my cell phone, and he yawned in one. And to my surprise that is how I discovered the black spot inside the roof of his mouth...when I later looked at the pics. I have a big close up pic of the huge yawn! If this site allowed it, I would upload the pic. It might be helpful for other cat parents to see what we are talking about.

Dec 23, 2017
Same
by: Anonymous

My maine coon has one and its really big.

Dec 02, 2017
black spot
by: Anonymous

I have 6 cats and 2 of them have this spot, the one is black, the other is orange tabby :)

Aug 17, 2015
Dark Pigmentation roof of mouth
by: Anonymous

My grey tabby 2 year old also has the discoloration on the roof of her mouth. No raised areas or redness. From previous comments I see this is not a problem.

Nov 15, 2014
Bengal palate
by: Renee

My baby Bengal also has this marking on his palate. I figured it was pigmentation due to his breed.

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