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Kitty had eaten soft food for so long, that his teeth were yucky looking. When we took him to the vet, she wanted to clean his teeth. We let her do it, but of course he had to be asleep while she did it. I always worry about using anesthesia on cats, because I heard that it can cause damage to their kidneys. (I don't know if this is true or not.) She did do complete blood work on him before the teeth cleaning.

I have his papers here and it says that the gingivitis can lead to Periodontal Disease--which destroys the gums, teeth, and bone. It also puts bacteria throughout the body via the bloodstream and may cause damage to the kidneys, liver, and heart. It appears that I paid $170.00 for the cleaning, anesthesia, and blood work. I think Kitty's teeth looked much better afterwards, so I believe that it is worth it. After this happened, we switched him to dry food--that is much better for their teeth.

I have a brochure that has pictures of their teeth up close, the area is really red and irritated looking. It says that their mouth will be sore and they will have trouble eating. I did notice that Kitty was chewing his food strangely at that time--he kept tilting his head and trying to chew on one side. If it would hurt us to have problems with our teeth--I'm sure it would hurt them just as badly. I wish I could brush all 3 of my cats teeth to keep them healthy, but I don't see them letting that happen! :twisted:
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