Aby-a-Day – 31 Augusti 2020: The one tooth (Medical Monday)

Remember back in March, when I discovered Angel was down to two teeth?

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Well, guess what?

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Yesterday was claw-clipping and general grooming day (where, among other things, I brush everyone’s teeth apart from Angel), and I got the idea to check Angel’s teeth: And, not entirely to my surprise, I found that Angel is now down to ONE tooth.

Sigh…I wish I could find one of them. I guess she’s just swallowing them.

Aby-a-Day – 2 Mars 2020: Two-fer (Medical Mystery Monday)

The last time I posted about Angel’s dental situation, she only had three canine teeth left.

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Last night, however, I needed to give her medication…and I noticed she’s lost another of her fangs!

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I have not seen any teeth lying about, so I have no idea when or where she lost it. I suspect she may have swallowed it.

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So now she’s down to two teeth…and one eye.

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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Aby-a-Day – August 30: X marks the spot

As I posted back in July, Angel’s teeth are not so great. I’m sure some of this is genetic, since Abys are especially prone to dental disease. Today was the day she went to the vet to get her teeth cleaned and the two with Oral Resorptive Lesions extracted.

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I really do love my vet’s devotion to dental care. She gave me a little folder with these photos of Angel’s mouth while she was under anaesthetic, before and after the cleaning and having her teeth pulled.

But that’s not all she gave me…

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…I was also given a CD with Angel’s dental X-rays on them. Really interesting. You can see that Angel has no incisors left, but I wonder if she also has some bone loss on the sockets?

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I don’t think the tooth with the spot on it is one that was removed. If that spot is what I think it is, it’ll probably be our next project.

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This is her upper jaw, showing her skull and one remaining little incisor.

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Looks like she has a chipped canine tooth, too. I hope that doesn’t cause her any problems in the future.
She’s only 4 years old, so it’s a little distressing that she’s already needing this much oral intervention. I suspect that even if I could brush her teeth, it wouldn’t make a lot of difference. Some cats are just genetically cursed to have bad teeth. I had two Siamese, three years apart in age, who were not related but who, as long as I owned them, ate the exact same food. One lived to be 15 and the other 16. Harri, the 15 year old, didn’t need to have his teeth cleaned by the vet until his 15th birthday. Patrick, who lived to be 16, started needing dental work when he was 5 or 6, and by the time he was 10, he’d had most of his teeth taken out.

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And, to add insult to medically-sanctioned injury, they shaved her arm to put in an IV.

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She’s doing well, though, and eating like nothing happened to her at all. And she has some teeth to leave under that pillow for the tooth fairy!