(Closed) Cat dental extraction…so nervous :(

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t have experience with getting cat teeth extracted, but my cat HATES the vet (like, multiple vets have been scared of her, and they have to give her gas to put her to sleep for a bit just to examine her!), so I understand your worry and fear!! It sounds though, like you found a good vet, so just keep thinking about that.

Maybe you could also get some special wet-food for her to have after her surgery for a special treat. My cat eats healthy dry food so sometimes she gets “special treats” of less than totally healthy brand wet-food. Maybe one with lots of gravy.

Or, you could take some of her favorite kind of treats (my cat’s fave is those “Temptations” treats) and mash them up and mix with a little water so it’s kind of mushy so easy for her to have, but still the flavor of her favorite treat?

I’m sure everything will be fine, fur-mama!

Post # 5
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My cat had to have a tooth extracted due to dental problems when she was about 3 years old. We too were very worried but it turned out not to be a big deal. The vet took very good care of her and she was back to her usual self in a couple of days and never had any more problems. It sounds like you are choosing a good vet, so try to take solace in that. She’ll feel much better once her teeth stop hurting.

Post # 6
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Our cat has had at least 7 teeth extracted because he had resorptive lesions (you would never know from how much it still hurts when he bites!). His vet said some cats just have bad teeth and he’s one of them.  I’m always nervous when he has to be knocked out, but he has come through it just fine.

You probably won’t even need to be home with her the next day (although any excuse for a vacation day works Smile). She’ll probably be a little out of it when you get her home, but generally they’re fine within a few hours. Our vet told us to keep him in a quiet room, away from his brother, for a few hours while he recovers, then give him a little wet food around 8 pm. Yeah right – as soon as he got out of the carrier he was in the kitchen stealing his brother’s dinner, both wet & dry food. The vet told us that he’s seen 16-year-old cats get all of their teeth pulled and go on to eat dry food every day. So I wouldn’t worry about that!

Post # 7
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I haven’t had that experience, but I’m sending good thoughts your way. Our cats are my babies and I know how hard it is to worry about them! 

Post # 8
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

My cat is 16 years old.  About two years ago he had several teeth pulled.  He has a thyroid condition and a heart murmur, plus at 14 years old we were worried he wouldn’t make it through the anesthesia.  He was really groggy for a day or two after the surgery and didn’t feel much like eating or drinking, but after that he was fine.  He’s still going strong. 

There are no guarantees with any surgery, but your cat will probably make it through this just fine.  Wishing your kitty a sucessful surgery and a quick recovery!  

Post # 9
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My cat who passed away 4 years ago had dental extractions twice. Both times he got really woozy from the anesthesia, would act drunk and run into the wall, fall down while he was trying to walk etc. It was sad but funny at the same time. He’d also freak out a bit because he didn’t know what was happening and try to run away from us. He would be his normal sweet loving self the next morning. Don’t worry, cats handle these things a lot better than humans do.

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