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Another reason why taking care of teeth is important for cats|
Moos turned out to have a FORL in two molars when I took him to the vet for his yearly checkup. For those unfamiliar with feline dentistry: a FORL is like a cavity gone rabid. There's no effective treatment for it other than to remove the entire tooth and it hurts like nobody's business until then. I've taken some cat behavior classes to better understand my cats and they taught us about this because it's so painful that it can turn the sweetest cuddler into a grumpy loner. And poor Moos had two of them.
The offending teeth were, of course, immediately removed and sure enough he's now even friendlier to me than he was before and he even manages not to be grumpy to the other cats most of the time. And this, ladies and gents, is why I religiously take my cats to the vet every single year to have them checked over from head to toes. One of the vets working there even specializes in animal dentistry (she took care of Joepie's teeth, too), which I think is a blessing, because having to go to a specialist in an animal hospital is way more expensive. She's taken X-rays of his teeth and there are two other teeth in his mouth whose roots look funny. She didn't want to remove them along with the other two teeth because then there'd be too much of a wound in his mouth. So I'm taking him back there in a month or so to have those teeth taken care of before they become painful as well.
Current Mood: pensive
Vic needs his teeth scaled soon, the first time for him I think. He's about 8 so he must have good teeth. I hope so anyway; Little Tessa had a few out.
I get them checked up whenever they go in for vaccinations, and the vet there does dental work too; most do here. They'll also do blood tests if they think the cat needs that; I don't usually have it done as the younger three are very healthy.
I should learn about how to read cat behaviour. I know quite a bit from observation, but it would be useful. I think Ashley was just asking me to go outside then by meowing at the door by refusing to come in.
Suusje will sometime meow piteously in front of the window, but when I go outside she'll ignore me or run away. I think one of her (great)grandparents was a siamese, though, which would explain a lot of quirky behavior.