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Poor Kobi had a traumatic day...it started when he didn't get breakfast this morning and instead got shoved into a carrier and made to wait while the girls got fed (I put him in the bathroom so he didn't have to watch).

Then the indignity of a 20 minute car ride and mama taking off and leaving him in a scary place with strange people. For all that he's a bully to the girls at home...when put in a stressful situation he turns into a quivering mass of jelly. I found out later that they had to spray his cage with pheromones and give him Rescue Remedy.

He went through his dental well, he did lose two teeth...oddly enough two lower premolars, one on each side. Considering that this was his first dental and he's almost 11...not too bad.

I picked him up at 4:30, he was still a little glassy eyed, but not too bad. They sent him home with 5 doses of buprenorphine, got the first one in with no issue. And he needs to go back in two weeks for a check. He was starving when we got home, gave him about half a normal canned food meal so he didn't bring it up and then he hounded me for the next hour for the rest of his dinner. Gave him more and he's still not happy...poor guy was running on empty. I'll give him more before bed.

So we got that over with...and it didn't hit the wallet too hard...$450.

Holly doesn't know it, but she's next....
 

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dang, lost 2 teeth

well, that's too bad for kobi losing a couple teeth, but apparently it hasn't ruined his appetite or ability to eat his canned food. so hurray!

NEVER had a dental check up before, you say? if so, that really does sound incredible for being almost 11. we adopted angel 2 mths ago and she'll be 11 in june, but she definitely has some brown tartar build up on an upper back tooth. i'm assuming the shelter vet did do at a couple cleanings for her during her 2 1/2 year stint there because they mention in her file that she should see the vet every 6 mths for that tartar build up. i hate the idea of using anesthesia on her, though. i keep trying to brush her teeth myself to help. she's letting me rub her front teeth already and i'm working on getting to the back eventually. do you do any dental hygiene for your kitties yourself?
 

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The sound of kitty having to do a dental is kind of scary to me. I brush Milky's teeth regularly, or at least try to every other night. He lets me brush the front and sides but not the very back. I am a bit worried about that but usually I'll rub a dab of kitty toothpaste near the side/sideback and hope he manages to lick it to the back... not sure how much good that does though...

How often are they supposed to have dental check ups? Or how do I know he needs one?
 

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I'm so glad he came through it just fine.

The fasting was the hardest part for Cleo. 6 teeth pulled. $1,400.

I'll keep Cali away from my computer so she doesn't give Holly a heads-up.
 

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It sounds like Kobi had the exact same experience Murphy did. No food, starving, and lost 2 teeth. When I went to pick him up at the end, they said he was agitated and pacing his cage....and boy, was that the truth. I was so glad to get him home. The best part is when it's over.
 

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NEVER had a dental check up before, you say?
Never had a cleaning. The vet always checks his teeth during his regular exams, but he's never needed a cleaning before. No, I don't do any regular maintenance...none of my cats are cooperative enough for something like that. I am looking at getting some Proden PlaqueOff though...I've read good things about it and a friend is using it on her dogs and said it's doing a good job.
 

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It sounds like Kobi had the exact same experience Murphy did. No food, starving, and lost 2 teeth. When I went to pick him up at the end, they said he was agitated and pacing his cage....and boy, was that the truth. I was so glad to get him home. The best part is when it's over.
Yeah...Kobi was very agitated on the way home...he was trying to pace in his carrier, wouldn't sit still. I think for him the worst of it was no food...the boy LOVES to eat. Right now he's mad at me because I gave him his pain med and I'm waiting a bit for it to take effect before giving him breakfast.
 
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