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Josie's teeth

October 29th 2012 12:19 am
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When Josie had her annual check up last year the vet said Josie was in good shape but had a FORL which is a feline orthodenty type something something and she needed that tooth out. Indeed he reckoned that this would be progressive and given how nervous Josie is at the vets they might as well take them all out.

Mum is all for saving us stress at the vets but ALL Josie's teeth?! Especially as Josie didn't seem to be in any pain. Us cats are, of course, experts at hiding pain as we really don't like vet treatment. So mum watched Josie when Josie didn't realise. She watched her crunch on her biscuits all happily and munch on treats. Mum rubbed Josie's mouth when Josie was relaxed and Josie did not go "ouch"; she purred and asked for more.

So one way and another mum never booked Josie in for that operation. And now we are one year on.

A different vet gave Josie her annual examination. Josie weighs the same as last year. Then the vet spent so long on heart and lungs mum thought there was a problem but the vet said it's all good and she likes to be thorough. So what would thorough vet say when she looked in Josie's mouth?

"There's some redness on her gums and some tartar build-up. She needs a scrape and polish."

"A scrape and polish?"

So not all her teeth out, just a really proper clean up. Which is much better although Josie says she isn't sure she wants even that but mum says she has to have it. So Josie spent most of her weekend in her snug so mum couldn't find her but mum says it definitely won't happen before her next pay day so Josie gets a reprieve (and to keep her teeth!)


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Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

October 29th 2012 at 12:36 am

OMC! Glad Josie didn't have to get all her teeth out!
Purred by: Ka - zar 1.6.1998 to 25.2.2014 (Catster Member)

October 29th 2012 at 12:37 am

Josie has my sympathy. I'm not too fond of vets at the moment. I went to have my bandage changed and my foot checked and Grandma went crook at me when I hissed at the vet she's a nice lady and all but taking off the bandage really hurt. I have to go again Friday for another bandage and check. How much do they want to look at this darn foot it three toes instead of four what more do they really need to know.
Purred by: Monster (Catster Member)

October 29th 2012 at 8:03 am

My sisfur Margo had stomatitis and did have to have all her teeth pulled when she was only 7 years old.
Purred by: Zoe Kona Sunshine DG#2 (Catster Member)

October 29th 2012 at 4:27 pm

Monster!!!!I have a chipped doesn't seem to bother me but it is turning colors. So it won't hurt my eating to lose it? How does Margo eat?

Your Mom is a very smart lady for realizing Josie's teeth didn't hurt her.
Purred by: Minuette (Catster Member)

October 29th 2012 at 10:57 pm

My vet said that I was going to have to have some teeth extracted, but when I got the teeth cleaning they looked just fine underneath once they were all cleaned up. They didn't even take X-Rays as they were in such good shape. I hope Josie doesn't have to get any teeth out the same way I didn't.
Purred by: Timo Katze - DB #105 (Catster Member)

October 30th 2012 at 5:03 am

Oh good that Josie can keep her teeth. It never hurts to get a second opinion. We have a guest cat that lives here and she just had the scrape and polish. Got all the jucky tarter off. Your teeth last longer that way. Guest Cat gets VERY upset when she has to go anywhere. She poopied and puked in her carrier. Mom asked the vet if she should be worried because GC gets so upset. No, said the vet. It's like taking your 80 year old Grandma someplace. They just don't like changes to their routine.

She did give us a bottle of Feliway to try. Also there are anti-anxiety meds that cats can get if needed. Good luck to Josie with her teeth cleaning.

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