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30 May 2008 @ 09:44 pm
lucy update  

Lucy was scheduled for a dental with no extractions, which meant they had to talk to me if they were going to do anything else. And the very nice man doing the cleaning did call me, and said that when the tartar was removed her roots were exposed on the upper teeth, and that he felt she would heal better and not need to go back in a couple months to have them extracted if he did the job now. So after talking to him I felt that I was making an informed decision and that it would be better for our poor kitty to have her teeth out today rather than make her go through this again. So she’s had her upper teeth removed, and the vet’s confident she won’t notice they’re missing, once her gums are healed up. Right now she’s groggy as hell and very very quiet, and Zilli is either worried or trying to assert dominance, ’cause he’s very growly and hissy at her, and I am very very stressed. I expect I’ll feel better tomorrow when Lucy’s feeling better.

miles to Minas Tirith: 459.3

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: stressedstressed
Keys and locks, roots and branchesomnia_mutantur on May 30th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
My little one barely noticed having a couple teeth out. She put on a little weight afterwards, because apparently it's more fun to eat when it doesn't hurt but that's pretty much been the only change.
kitmizkit on May 30th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Lucy's gotten quite thin, which ... people who don't see her as regularly have commented on. She used to be quite fat, and has a lot of extra belly skin now, so it's hard for us to tell, but now she's kind of dehydrated and looking pathetic and I can see that she's gotten quite thin. I suspect she'll put some weight back on after her mouth stops hurting, yeah, and that will be good. Poor kitty.
Mary Annepers1stence on May 30th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
both my late cat and my current cat lacked many teeth and didn't even seem to miss a beat.

and Lucy probably smells different to Zilli right now, as a result of stress, the dental work itself, anesthesia, etc.

I know that when my guys have come home from the vet after a lot of dental work, even *I* can tell their smell is different, until it all wears off.
kit: zillimizkit on May 30th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Sure, it makes sense that he's growly. It just doesn't help my stress any. :)
desperancedesperance on May 31st, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Yup. I remember that back-from-the-vet smell exactly, and even my girls (who were litter-mates and inseparable) used to hiss and back off from each other, till it wore off.
irishkateirishkate on May 30th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
oh hugs - I didn't know about Lucy - I hope she is ok and that you recover well too (from the nerves)
Ellen Millionellenmillion on May 30th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty! Hope you're both less stressed sooooon!
suzanne mcleodsuzannemcleod on May 30th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
*hugs* poor Lucy!
Tayefethtayefeth on May 30th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Are there any cat-treats that purport to keep their teeth clean, or is tartar just a fact of life?
desperancedesperance on May 31st, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Dry kibble is much better for their teeth, and some varieties claim to do the whole tooth-cleaning thing. So of course I have a cat who refuses to drink at all, and has to be fed the wet stuff just to get some liquid into him, the little rat...
Brian: Kitty: cut youlogrusboy on May 30th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty! :(
Janne: tea comfortjanne on May 30th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty. *hug*.
Dinidamedini on May 30th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
She smells of vet and he's all freaked by that.

Poor girl. My elder gal lost a few front teeth with no fuss, they were just gone recently. Poor kitties.
Tripspace_parasite on May 30th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
It's hard being a kitty sometimes.

Give her lots of pettins from me!
sammywolsammywol on May 31st, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
Poor Lucy! Poor Zil! this is a common reaction with animals though. Lucy now smells of VET!!!! this means that as far as Zilli is concerned someone has taken away his friend and left an evil smelling imposter in her place. As the smell wears off so should the aggression.
desperance: bazdesperance on May 31st, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
Aww, poor thing - but yup, to be expected. Cats are so bad at dental hygience (except Mac, whose Best Toy Ever is actually a length of shredded bailer-twine, which is shredded because he grabs it and I tug. Which very effectively flosses his evil fangs...).

My girls both lost most of their teeth over the years, and got along grand without. When they first arrived, I took them to the vet for a check-up and he tut-tutted over their teeth even then, when they were about three years old; Misha had a broken canine (they call them canines! in cats! we were outraged...) which needed root canal work. Which meant that her dentistry was Even More Expensive than Mine...
hegemony hedgehog: rnaagrimony on May 31st, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Agnew's been missing some teeth for quite a while now and it doesn't seem to bother her much, so yeah. *hugs* Poor kitty! Poor Kit!