|Purred: Wed Dec 2, '09 10:44pm PST |
|We recently adopted a cat from the SPCA, he is #3. When we got him, the day after he came home he came down with a full blown cold but after anti-biotics he got over it. Hes had a few minor health issues, he had a lesion on his back, upper eyelid and lips, but these all healed and his fur is growing in nicely. Im assuming they were part of his cold. His fur has begun to grow in, he has gained weight since coming home, not just fat but solid muscle, he has a healthy appetite and good energy.
Im concerned though, as he grinds his teeth. I dont know if this was related to perhaps an oral lesion from the cold, but the vet (yes she examined him) didnt find anything wrong inside his mouth (his teeth arent too bad) and suggested it was just a bad habit.
Now we just lost a cat to cardiomyopathy, so Im feeling very afraid to get close to this cat (hes my moms cat anyway)...the vet says hes ok but it worries me.
My question is, do any of you have perfectly healthy cats who grind their teeth due to anxiety or nerves or being neurotic?
I worried that it had something to do with cronic kidney failure. But he doesnt have any symptoms of that other then he does drink a lot. Mind you I have nothing to compare him with since I dont monitor the other cats drinking and Pekoe is a fairly big, dry food only cat. He'll drink maybe for 60 seconds and then stop and then maybe go back for another 30 second drink a few minutes later. He doesnt go through a lot of water though.
Could his grinding be a result of early CRF? (forgot to mention, the SPCA thought Pekoe is 4, the vet says hes probably quite a bit younger then that. Ive read that cats as young as 4 can get this)
What have you experienced with teeth grinding, if anything? Your experiences would be appreciated.
PS- Pekoe has another appointment in 2 weeks for more shots, so we may ask for a blood test.
Edited by author Wed Dec 2, '09 10:46pm PST