Aby-a-Day – July 9: Toothy matters at the vet

Today was the annual expedition to the veterinarian. Everyone is basically healthy (Tessie has an overgrooming issue, Kylie has allergies…and Jacoby, well, Jake’s perfectly fine), and even though it sounds like a major job taking four cats to the vet at once, it’s really not that bad.


Angel won the “most medically needy” award today the moment Dr. Natalie opened her mouth. For one thing, she’s lost almost all of her little front teeth. She has only two left, one on the top and one on the bottom.


The bigger problem is she has at least two Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions.


They’re the really red spots on her gums. She’s already got an appointment set for next month to get those teeth extracted. Removing the teeth is really the only treatment; it’s not always connected with gingivitis or tartar build up. Angel has fairly clean teeth, but she has two FORLS, while Kylie had her teeth cleaned last year and we brush them daily, yet she still has gingivitis…but no FORLS.


Cats’ teeth are really frustrating to deal with. You can have two cats of the same breed, in the same house, eating the same food and drinking the same water and their dental health can be wildly different. My two Siamese, Harri and Patrick, are a perfect example: Patrick had most of his teeth removed starting from the time he was 5 or 6, while Harri didn’t need his teeth cleaned until he was 15. Angel’s only 4 and she’s already losing teeth…but, according to Dr. Natalie, this would probably be the case even if she did let us brush them. So I suppose that’s somewhat reassuring.

6 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – July 9: Toothy matters at the vet

  1. Ouch! Those red areas look painful! In fact, they look a little like the tooth that was causing Binga to not be herself. I’m sure Angel will feel a lot better with them gone.


  2. My siamese had most of her teeth removed at 5 years due to FORLS. She is now 13 and still crunching along on dry food.


  3. My Lily lost all her teeth to FORLs when she was only six years old. She still loves her crunchy yummies. She looked pretty scary after the surgery for a few days, but she was back to her old self in no time.


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