Aby-a-Day – 26 May: I have no teeth and I must chew (Silly Saturday)

You may recall my post a while back about Alfred’s obsession with chewing. A favourite is rawhide sticks covered with dried lamb or duck, but I also give him Matatabi sticks and dried turkey feet (our kitchen floor looks a bit interesting). Well, now it’s become a kind of fad amongst the LunaTicks. Jacoby doesn’t really get why Freddy likes it so much, but he’ll steal the chewsticks or rib bones and gnaw on them anyway.

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But there’s one cat I never thought would jump on the chewing bandwagon.

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Angel.

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I mean, she only has THREE TEETH! But there she was, the other day, carrying one of Freddy’s chewsticks around the apartment and chewing on it when she felt safe to do so.

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Teeth or no, nevertheless, she persists.

Aby-a-Day – 1 February: I chew, chew, chews you

Alfred likes to chew things.

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He will chew plastic, like Jacoby, but unlike Jake, Freddy’s chewing is more…forceful.

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Freddy chews not just to get inside a plastic bag (although, if it has food in it, Freddy will chew it), but he also chews for the sake of chewing.

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He chews like dogs do. Nom…nom…nom…

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I’ve started giving him bones. I mean, real, serious, dog-bone bones.

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We had a smoked lamb leg after New Year’s. When we got all the meat off the bone, we let the cats pick the remainder of the meat off the bone.

It was basically the “Freddy and whoever can stand to fight him for it” show.

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Freddy is pretty possessive of his bones.

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Here’s a video of Freddy and Jake chewing on the lamb leg bone (click image for video).

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Be sure you have the volume up to hear Freddy’s possessive growling (again, click image for video).

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It’s gotten to the point where I am buying Freddy dog chew sticks to gnaw on.

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And what’s worse is, he actually chews on them.

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This is my first Aby with an oral fixation. I hope that, at least, it means he’s going to have awesome teeth.

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Here’s a video of Freddy chewing on a meat-covered rawhide stick I got him from an awesome pet store in Örebro (click image for video). There’s no growling in this one, mainly because nobody else wanted to share it!

Aby-a-Day – 27 January: The tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth

I have posted before about about Angel’s horrific dental situation. Angel has serious Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions. She’s had them since I adopted her, and she had few teeth left.

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She had most of her teeth extracted before we moved to Sweden, but she was still having problems with her teeth. And there is NO WAY I can brush her teeth! Believe me, I have tried. So has my vet back in Boston.

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Angel has had a chipped canine for a while which hasn’t really bothered her, but her remaining molars were starting to dissolve, so we were referred by our vet to a dental specialist in nearby Falköping.

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Angel and I took the train to Falköping. The specialist checked both her eyes and her teeth, and then she was sedated for her oral surgery.

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Her molars were too dissolved to save, but her chipped canine was salvageable, and the vet saved it for me.

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Angel now has only three teeth left in her head – one canine on the top and two on the bottom. It makes her smile a little crooked, but, amazingly, it doesn’t impair her eating in the slightest. She still demands dry food with every meal, and she begs for raw meat scraps when I am cutting meat for supper. If anything, she seems happier to have gotten those bad teeth out of her mouth.

Aby-a-Day – August 21: Angel’s teeth – a retrospective (Friday Flashback)

Angel has had dental cleanings and extractions before. The last time she had X-rays taken was 2011.

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You saw her new X-rays yesterday. You can see she’d already lost all her incisors on her bottom jaw four years ago.

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However, she still had one left on her top jaw. That one is now long gone.

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This one tooth had a shadow on it four years ago. I think this is a tooth that was removed this time around.

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At least she still has all her fangs. This one, which we discovered was chipped four years ago, still seems to be healthy. Let’s hope she can hold onto it for a while!

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?

Aby-a-Day – August 17: Angel at the dentist (Hipstamatic Monday)

Last week, Angel and Kylie had dental cleanings at South Boston Animal Hospital. Angel also ended up having a couple of extractions. She has terrible teeth – I think now, apart from her fangs, she’s got about four teeth left.

This Instagram photo was posted on SBAH’s Facebook page…close enough to Hipstamatic, don’t you think? She’s hugging the moon…

Aby-a-Day – August 31: Wordless Wednesday (Under Angel’s Pillow)

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