|This is how Newman looked when I left in the morning, and when|
I came home in the evening. Looking back I wonder how long he felt bad...
- Get informed on cat dentistry. I wasn't, and I'm not, but our vet told us that cat's teeth are nothing like human teeth. You can't draw too many parallels. For example, Newman ate JUST FINE with his bad, abscessing teeth. Hard kibble was his preference.
- Extracting teeth is pretty common -- and not as life-changing as you'd think for a cat. I'm told by other cat owners (who have been down this road) that many cats with NO teeth eat hard kibble, and even prefer it to soft food.
- Have your vet check your cat's teeth in the annual visit. I don't know why this did not occur in our annual visits, especially given Newman's symptoms.
- As Don Quixote said, "teeth are like diamonds." Our vet has encouraged annual dental care visits for our cats. We're looking into this, but we'll almost certainly do something, whether we do it ourselves or have the vet do it.
Whatever your species, when you're teeth don't feel good, you don't feel good. I guess it should be something we keep in the back of our minds when we have mystery symptoms.
So... I am laying odds that some of you all know a whole lot more about cat dentition than I do! What are your words of wisdom/advice, and what are your experiences?