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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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rotted teeth in a 2 year old?

Hey all,

I took Lumen, my (approx) two-year old rescue to the vet last week. She is a sweet stray that was dumped in my neighborhood a few months ago, the shelter took her in in October, and I formally adopted her about a month ago.

All is well, she's a beautiful baby, but - her breath stinks! Vet found at least two rotted molars, one on either side of the top, and I'm making an appt to have them removed. She doesn't seem to be in any pain and she eats well, but I definitely saw the brown teeth and the bright pink/red gums. My poor baby.

What could have caused rotten teeth in such a young kitty? Anyone have any ideas? I'm just curious to what the cause might have been, although it's moot at this point.


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 04:29 PM
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I think genetics are a big factor in tooth rotting. Some cats will go for years without teeth cleanings and be just fine, some will get rotted teeth even with attempts to stave them off.

The best preventatives are brushing their teeth regularly, but unfortunately it's hard to predict how their teeth will turn out.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 04:41 PM
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A common cause for rotted teeth in young cats are infections.
Lumen could have had a tiny abcess on her gum, or an infected tooth. If this is the case, then it's likely to have been there for a little while, seeing as you only got her a month ago. Also, as posted above, it could be genetics related.
I've also read somewhere (though i don't know how true it is) that sometimes dry food can cause it. If dry food sticks to the teeth it can cause a build up of plaque and tartar, and as cats don't clean their teeth like we do then the same thing happens to them as it would us. Though as I said, I don't know how much truth there is in that.
In my opinion though it sounds like it could be an infection from before you rescued her.

She is a gorgeous cat, such a lovely face
Good luck at the vets.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the insight! She is a funny little thing, makes the sweetest "Rrrrrr?" noises all the time. And a giant goofball. This is her when I was trying to write a term paper a few nights ago.

I appreciate the help!

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Not to alarm you but 2 years old is a very young age for a cat to have gingivitus.

Ive read that the flu virus, particularly feline calicivirus may be responsible, and also cause ulcer to appear in an infected cat's mouth. Feline Immunodeficiency virus and the feline leukemia virus may also be associated with longstanding causes of gingivitus- stomatitus.

There is more info at the bottom portion of this webpage.

Dental Disease in Cats ~ Pawprints and Purrs, Inc.

BTW your kitty is beautiful!


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Hi all, I figure I should follow up on this because I got the problem resolved:

She tested positive for Bartonella (stage 3), which was probably the main reason of her teeth rotting, followed closely by her being feral for so long.

She was put on three weeks of antibiotics to resolve the Bartonella (as was my other cat, for prophylactic reasons), and had three teeth extracted and the rest cleaned. She is now happy as always, but also 100% healthy! Thanks for all your help.
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