Post # 1
My poor kitty Lola (who I’ve written about before) has been having dental problems since we got her from the SPCA 2 years ago. It started with just bad breath and has gradually turned into her back molars being extremely red, irritated and she only will eat soft food. We tried a few different treatments to see if they worked before we went and got her teeth extracted since it would be traumatic for the little girl! We tried oral antibiotics/steroids/cortisone shots. Well this morning Fiance looked in her mouth b/c she has been waking us up every morning at 5 am b/c she is hungry and he said her back gums were extremely red and irritated and that her breath was so bad it made him want to throw up.
Well we decided it’s now time to get the back 4 molars (top & bottom) extracted (roots too or the problem won’t be solved). We had an issue finding a vet to do this for a reasonable price, we were quoted from $300-2k! We LOVE our cats dearly but we cannot afford $2k in cat dental work. I was getting so mad at Fiance when he kept saying we needed to go to Vet X who is 86 years old and cheap. He cleaned her teeth in Sept and actually is so old and forgetful that he thought he already pulled them! I said I refuse to take her there because in my heart I just knew that she wouldn’t come home I kept calling around and found a vet that gets great reviews, I called and the woman was SO nice and helpful. They are also the most reasonably priced (between $200-$300 depending on how bad her teeth are) and they can get her in next Thursday. It’s a 1 day procedure and I’m taking Friday off to be at home with Lola all day and spoil her/keep our other cat away from her.
Sorry for the ramble but I’M SO NERVOUS! Has anyone else had their cat’s teeth (molars or others) pulled? How long did recovery take? Can they eat hard food after they heal? Someone tell your story and let me know how your cat turned out please!
Post # 4
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
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
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 ). 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
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
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
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.
Post # 10
thanks for the positive stories ladies! I’ve heard that cats really don’t notice if the teeth aren’t there and that she’ll be able to eat hard food again only with much less discomfort. I’m hoping everything goes smoothly and this will be the end of her teeth issues!
Still taking Friday off to baby her since her brother can be a brat! Plus I need a vacation day