Took My Cat To The Vet Today

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  1. hookbill

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    Part of my "job" as a "household engineer" is to take care of our 5 cats and 9 parrots. Usually the hard ones are the parrots, that is if you don't mind cleaning up cat puke (you get use to it). It also means I take them to the vet.

    So today I took Max the Cat (not to be confused with Max the bird) to the vet for his rabies shots. I'm thinking, man I gotta come back here in 2 more months with him for his regular vaccines so I ask the Doc to fix him up all at one time. So the vet gives him the once over and starts talking about his teeth. Seems Max has got Periodontal disease. Heck, I've got that too. Anyway he wants us to start brushing his teeth, gave us a tooth brush and some antibiotics too. WTH! Brush the cats teeth? What, am I gonna have to do this with all my cats? Anyway this is Max the cat. If his eyes are open, he's looking for trouble.
     
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    brush a cats teeth?! thats wild.

    i let my wife talk me into getting cats. you see, im allergic to cats. i cough, i weeze, i sneeze, and oh, i also have this thing called eosinophilic esophagitis, which in short is the buildup of allergy-fighting cells around the esophagus, causing a stricture which makes it difficult and sometimes impossible to swallow food. i love my cats (we have two- ozzy the dark prince and chloe) and i wouldnt give them away. i have my safe room in the house where the cats arent allowed, and im on medication to keep my allergies in check. though i want nothing to happen to them, i am already somewhat looking forward to 2057, which by my estimates, will be the date where our cats will no longer be with us and i can finally breath, sleep and eat peacefully in my own home.

    the things you do for cats...
     
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    2057? You got cats going to live 40 + years?

    Well, when they get to be about 8 or 9 is when you start brushing their teeth.
     
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    so i tend to exaggerate a little. all i know is theyre cats, and they live forever. haha. one is maybe three years old, the other is two. ive got a long time to go, so 2057 seemed reasonable.

    and thanks for the heads up. i look forward to brushing their teeth. is there any preventative measures you can take as an owner?
     
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    Every time you bring the cat into the vets office they look at their teeth and usually say, "I see a little tarter back there." But nobody tells you what to do about it.

    I suppose you can have their teeth professionally cleaned twice a year at 200.00 a pop and that "might" prevent it.
     
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    You havent lived until you've tried to clean the teeth of a 1 year old bloodhound.
     
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    omigoodness. $400 x 40 yrs x two cats!?

    my wife is trying to kill me and rob me! :icon_eek: :laugh: :icon_eek:



    but in all seriousness. i hope you get it under control. like i said, we have two cats, and we love seeing them play. i can only imagine 5 cats and the mischief they get into. best wishes in taking care of it and i hope theyll find an easier and more definitive way to avoid these kinds of problems.
     
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    Man, we have a cat and kittens in our house too. We're probably going to give the kittens away though. I hope I don't have to brush my cat's teeth. LOL
     
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    My girlfriend has tried to brush our older cat's teeth in the past. It was a no go.

    He's in my avatar... his name is Squirrellie.
     
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    Here's the stuff they give you to clean the cats teeth. And those chew things, come on, do they really think a cat will chew on those?
     
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    for some reason i always have a strange urge to click on all cat threads.....
     
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    It is important to keep cats teeth cleaned. The tarter can breed bacteria that can cause serious disease.

    I use petrodent, which comes in either Malt or Tuna flavor that the cat likes, and has a small toothbrush, and a rubber thing that goes on your finger and has little bristles. My previous cat preferred the latter, but I haven't had much success with the new kitten with either of them.

    You can also get hard cat treats that help prevent the tarter, but you still have to brush occasionally.

    If you don't take care of them, than the vet will need to scrape the tarter every few years, under anesthesia (with associated risks and cost).

    Alan