Post # 1
My 17-year-old female kitty is scheduled for a dental procedure next Thursday (7/25). She has a couple of teeth that need to be extracted to prevent heart issues and infections down the road. She’s very healthy – bloodwork came back perfect, and she’s very youthful for her age. Most people guess that she’s less than 5 years old based on how she looks and acts. All signs point to the procedure being drama-free. I’m just feeling nervous because this is the first time, since spaying, that she’s going under anaesthesia. I checked with the vet and they’re going to use gas, which is apparently much safer for older cats. The whole operation should only take half and hour, and they’re expecting she’ll be up and eating within an hour or two afterwards.
The vet thinks she’ll benefit greatly in the short and long term, because he thinks that her bad teeth are causing her discomfort that she’s hiding very well. I just want to do what’s best for her. Based on her overall health, she probably has several good years left. She and her sister are my little companions. 🙂
Do any of you have experience/advice on an older cat going under for dental work? Most of the research I’ve done seems to indicate that I shouldn’t worry too much.
Post # 3
i don’t have experience with a senior cat but our 6 year old had to get all his teeth extracted due to stomatitis. he did fine going under and afterwards (eats and drinks fine). i used to work at the vet that we take him to so you’d think i wouldn’t be nervous about it but i still was. i’m sure your kitty will do fine! she might even be spunkier afterwards because her mouth won’t be in pain anymore (our cat definitely became happier).
Post # 4
If her bloodwork was normal and her heart and lungs sound ok she is at no higher risk to go under anesthesia than a younger cat. She will feel so much better having those teeth removed, good luck!
Post # 5
We dropped her off at the vet about 2 hours ago, and she was going to go under sometime this morning. We’ll be able to pick her up this evening, and the vet is anticipating that she’ll be up and eating very soon after coming out of anaesthesia.
I’m feeling less nervous after your responses. I spoke to the vet who’s doing the procedure and he assured me that they’ll be using gas to put her under, which is much safer for older cats.
I’m looking forward to having her home tonight. I have the day off tomorrow, so I’ll be able to keep an eye on her. She’s a feisty girl. I’m confident she’ll be okay.
Post # 6
Best wishes for your kitty! Hope she has a speedy recovery!
Post # 7
Good luck :)!! Hopefully she’ll be normal in no time
Post # 8
@LadyJDAG: Good luck kitty! I hope she will do well. Just to also let you know, my mom’s cat (who is 14) also had his teeth extracted. In fact they had to take them all out because he had such bad gum disease. He did fine and was much happier after the procedure! In fact he became even more active. We think those teeth were bothering him for a while but the poor thing couldn’t tell us. So hopefully you kitty will do even better after the extraction.
Post # 9
Our cat, Ophelia, had 6 teeth extracted last year and the process went well. We don’t think she is too old (we found her outside) but still had dental problems. The process was quick but she did need to stay overnight because she was refusing to eat and having problems with the anesthesia but they just kept her on the IV and she was right as rain the next day. 🙂
I worried about the impact the loss of teeth would have on her eating dry food but she really seemed to do very well right away. The first thing she wanted to eat was the dry food even though we specifically gave her wet. Ah well, cats do what they want! She is MUCH happier without those teeth. We didn’t realize how much they were hurting her. 🙁 I still feel sad about that.
Post # 10
Another stomatitis story! Both of our cats (siblings) had to have all of their teeth removed at a very young age because of stomatitis. They were miserable and in pain and their breath smelled like sewage. Now, toothless, they are SO HAPPY. I agree with your vet, that your cat will be happier without those problem teeth. The turn-around in attitude that we saw with our cats was amazing, even within days of their surgeries.
Post # 11
OP, I hope your furbaby is doing well!
Post # 12
My geriatric Siamese cutie had 7 of his teeth extracted last year and went under anesthesia. He has 2 left now. He is doing fine now. Like PP said I didnt relize how much his teeth were bothering him.
Post # 13
Thanks, everyone! Sorry for not updating you sooner.
My kitty is doing just fine. Better than fine, actually. She seems much happier than before. I think she’s even put on a couple of ounces since the surgery.
The vet said they took out 2 premolars. They sent us home with 3 days’ worth of pain pills, but she refused to take any of them, the little imp. I even hid them in her favorite treats, and she still spat them out. It didn’t seem like she really needed them, so I let it go.
When we first brought her home, she was a bit disoriented. She fell down the stairs (not in a serious way – she was fine. She misjudged the steps and missed a few.) and was pretty skittish for the first few hours, but by the next morning she was happy, eating, playing, cuddling, all the good things. I’m so relieved! I’m sure those teeth were bothering her more than she let on.
All of your advice was so helpful. Thanks again!