Aby-a-Day – August 20: The tooth and nothing but the tooth

Angel has the worst teeth of any cat I have ever owned. She is only 8 years old, but already she has had more dental work than all the other cats combined.

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While Abyssinians are notorious for being prone to dental problems, this isn’t just an Aby thing with her. Jacoby, only two years younger, has amazing teeth. He’s never even needed a cleaning! According to both Sherry and Chris, his grandparents had good teeth, too.

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Since I know very little about Angel’s ancestry (and what I do know is based on speculation and theory), I have no idea about her genetic history.

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All I know is, she has had several FORLs (Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions).

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As a result, she has lost nearly all her teeth. Besides her four canine teeth, she has only a few teeth left.

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She has lost every single one of her tiny incisors, both top…

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…and bottom.

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She’s lost more of her upper teeth than her lower.

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One lower jaw only has two teeth left!

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The other side sports a few more teeth…

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…But I’m not sure I like the looks of that big one in the back. Hopefully it’s just a shadow?

7 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – August 20: The tooth and nothing but the tooth

  1. Neat X-rays. Lily had FORLs, (Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions) also, she lost all her teeth when she was six years old. But I never got to see her x-rays.

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  2. Sparkle had good teeth – she never needed a dental, while both Binga and Boodie have had to have them. Boodie’s teeth improved after switching to an all-canned food diet, but they are still not great.

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  3. Leroy has been getting his teeth brushed every single day since he was still a kitten at the breeder’s. His teeth are great 🙂 The vet noted minor gingivitis at the last check up but wasn’t worried about it since I brush every day. Maybe tooth brushing would help keep Angel’s remaining teeth healthy.

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    1. I wish I could brush Angel’s teeth! She categorically will not allow it. Even our vet, when she tries, is like, “Okay, yup…you can’t brush her teeth!”
      Jake, on the other hand, I can not only brush his teeth, but I can scrape tartar off with a dental tool!

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  4. It’s been a tough week for Aby girls. Anya, my blue girl, lost a tooth at her dental on Tuesday – another FORL, and hers was fractured, too. But no gingivitis, and it was the first tooth she has lost and she is 6. I brush all the cats’ teeth each day and I know that helps.

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