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Kitty Dental Work
Well my kitty is home again and okay. He had to have his fang removed -- it's a shame because it was really cute, it always stuck out a little bit and made for an amusing facial expression. But he chipped it somehow a long time ago, and it seems to have allowed decay to creep in. I noticed a few weeks ago it was not looking right, had some discoloration. Then last week I decided it was looking quite icky and definitely needed to be removed. The vet agreed.

On the phone they said they'd saved the tooth for me! At first I thought this was a little weird, but then upon thinking it over I thought it'd be cool. I figured that maybe I could drill a little hole in it and have Robin wear it on his collar like a badge of honor or something.

Then I saw the tooth when I picked him up this evening. Eeeew.... I'm definitely not touching that thing. It looks like it's been in somebody's mouth! Not just that, but decaying in somebody's mouth.

You see people wearing shark teeth and alligator teeth and stuff around their necks all the time. Why don't my kitty's teeth look as cool?

Robin hasn't quite decided how he feels about me now. He hasn't been his usual cuddly self, although he has come up for some petting. He keeps walking away though; he won't settle down. I'm sure his mouth hurts. I've seen him licking his lips a bunch. I know how miserable I am when I visit the dentist, so I sympathize.

I'm sure he'll be even more unhappy with me tomorrow, when I'm supposed to give him the first of his antibiotics. I've never pilled a cat before. This should be... an adventure? At least it's my most placid cat. I can't even imagine trying to give Mouse a pill! It'd be a battle of wills to see who died first.

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stephe From: stephe Date: July 10th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Recommendation: when giving your cat his pills, approach with the pill in one hand and a treat in the other. (A small piece of bologna works well with ours, but YMMV.) Pill the cat, then immediately feed him the treat. It will give him one less opportunity to spit out the pill.
netmouse From: netmouse Date: July 10th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Did they show you how to feed him the pill? If he won't eat it with his food, what we always did with our cat was put it in his mouth, then hold his mouth closed, tilt his head up slightly, and stroke his neck in a downward motion (just gently, but it seemed to cause him to swallow). Then check his mouth to make sure he didn't push it off to the side to avoid swallowing it.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: July 10th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
This works, even for Dewey. I'm convinced that Dewey and Mouse are kindred spirits sometimes...

If the pill is small, it might be able to be mushed into a soft treat. That worked well for intact pills, but worked poorly for the one that i had to cut in half - the damned cat could taste it and spit it out every time. *shakes fist*
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 11th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, that sounds a lot gentler than the approach which she told me, which was essentially "put it down has throat as far as you can". Something about the farther you put it in, the less able he is to spit it out.

I tried a combination of both approaches this morning... I'll see what works this evening.
fachless From: fachless Date: July 11th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did the pill down the throat method with Winston. It goes faster and easier than you might think. I'd put him in my lap and open the jaws of death with one hand, and pop in the pill with the other. I also followed it up with 1/2 a can of tuna flavored Fancy Feast, which he needed for the medication because of its high fat content, but it helped make the whole process a bit better. He was willing to put up with the medicating to get the good food.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 11th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's hard to open his mouth, although I *think* i'm finding the trick to that.

Jaws of Death is entirely appropriate.... all those teeth make me nervous! Even if he is missing one.

He gets soft food after, since i figure his mouth hurts. Which means, of course, that everybody gets soft food, or there would be a riot.
rmeidaking From: rmeidaking Date: July 10th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still have my teeth which were pulled for orthodontic purposes when I was eleven. Greg has his. We're still pondering jewelry.

If you think giving pills to a cat is a problem, don't have children!! As a parent, you *KNOW* the kid needs the antibiotic (or whatever) but the kid is throwing a tantrum (more or less) and it's just ugly. It's not for the squeamish!

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