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2/6/12 7:15 P

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Jasper is a lot like Rafe in personality. He is getting to be more and more affectionate, and he is going to be a big boy, like Rafe. Often I slip and even call him "Rafe."

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2/6/12 4:48 P

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Aw, I'm sorry you lost Rafe.

I know what you mean about them seeming young, because my cats typically live to be about 20, as I mentioned in my last post. I lost a cancer kitty in 2009 at the age of 13. It was very sad.

I still have my "heart kitty," Tori, and fortunately he's doing just fine, but I know he will not live forever,and I try not to think about that. I just enjoy the heck out of him now. He's about eight.

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2/6/12 4:25 P

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Thanks for you kind words. I shifted my remaining baby to a new vet who is excellent. Unfortunately, Rafe developed a tumor last summer and only lived about five weeks after it was diagnosed. Because of where it was and his age (15), the vet did not advise surgery. We kept him going a short while with steroids, but when he stopped eating and started staying in the closet all the time, I knew it was time to say good-bye. It was very hard, mostly because he was the best kitty I've ever had, so funny and loving and really in tune with my moods. In addition, he seemed young to me, b/c my previous two cats lived to be 19 and 21. I still miss him awfully, but I adopted two rescue cats in October, siblings Jasper and Suki, who are in my profile pic. They don't quite love me the way Rafe did, but they are sweet and still young, so maybe they will become more devoted in time. But every cat has its own personality, and I appreciate their little quirks.

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2/6/12 3:41 P

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Deborah, I'm so sorry about your kitty! That vet sounds terrible! :( I have a cat who is 20/21 years old, and she's having issues, but like your kitty was, she's still doing OK for her age. (She takes blood pressure meds and gets fluids every three days.) I hope you have found a new, better vet!

We have eight kitties, and that gets expensive. Brushing their teeth is out of the question. None of them will tolerate it. Heck--I can't even clip most of their nails myself, though I do my best!

When I take them in for shots, I have the vet check their teeth. If someone looks like they are pushing the limit of dental health, I set up a cleaning. I set them up around my paydays, and we go without other things. I think that's a small price to pay, personally, as long as I can pay the mortgage and eat. I have some cats that need cleanings more often than others.

When my red tabby was a kitten (or just a year old--I don't remember, exactly) I spent about $1,000 to take him to a veterinary dentist. He used to grind his teeth--still does--so we wanted to look to see if something was actually wrong or was hurting him. They took a whole lot of X-rays, but found nothing wrong. He's fine now and isn't grinding his teeth as often. THAT was crazy!

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2/6/12 11:48 A

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Hi Cariola,

I haven't tried the brushing yet but this is a good video showing cat toothbrushing with some good advice from a vet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyudvKceI
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And I'm happy to say that Boo came through her dental work with flying colors. She had to have four teeth removed, including one of her bottom canines, but she seems well and was very affectionate when I picked her up, so I guess she's not too mad at me! Also I've been faithfully giving her her antibiotics so she will be infection-free. From what everyone has posted I'm glad we had this done. What's $400 when you're talking about the health of your beloved pet? In the long run, not much.


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2/5/12 10:15 A

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I've never had a cat that would tolerate having its teeth brushed. Does anyone have any tips?

Depending on the age of your cat, you can get health insurance for about $40/month. That would seem like a lot to me, but if you're putting $100/month away into a rainy day kitty fund, it might be a good idea.

Whatever you, do, take care of your cat's teeth! One of my babies died from the effects of a dental abscess--but not without a month of various treatments and traumas first. I was furious at the vet. I had taken her in because she was crying and had really bad breath, but he said he didn't see anything wrong and that it was "kitty Alzheimer's" (she was 21 but in great health). A few weeks later, while I was away for a few days over Christmas, my cat sitter called to say that her eye had swollen up. She took her to the vet, who gave her antibiotics. After I got home, she had the tooth pulled, then had another surgery to put in a drain a aweek later. I won't go into details, but the treatment I had to give her at home was awful. Then she went blind because the infection had reached her brain, and I had to put her down.

Needless to say, I never went back to that vet. Every time I took her in over her last few years, he went on about how old she was. I have a lot of guilt for not realizing that he probably thought that was a good enough reason to put her down, even though she was healthy and spry. She might have lived a year or more longer if he had xrayed her teeth and done an extraction right away.

Edited by: CARIOLA at: 2/5/2012 (10:16)
~Deborah

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2/1/12 7:22 A

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Thank you for that tip, Twinklefigueroa. There should definitely be a break for people trying to take good care of all their pets ....

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1/31/12 9:24 P

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If you have multiple cats they should be giving you a steep discount. You can negotiate vet prices. Don't be afraid to do so especially if you have more then one cat.

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I have a cat who has a history of dental problems. I rescued her (she's a purebred Tonkinese) and called around to the former owner's Vet and even the breeder to find out what type of familial diseases she might have. Gingivitis was the biggie. I spoke with my Vet and he agreed that semi-annual teeth cleanings was the best way to avoid having to pull the teeth.

In addition to her dental, all of my critters visit the Vet regularly, and so the costs add up. They really add up with a catastrophic illness, such as my cat, Saint, experienced late last year ($3500+ in Vet bills), so i have created a "rainy day kitty fund" (basically just another savings account) into which I direct deposit $100/month to cover the expenses. Because it is direct deposited, I don't feel the pinch so badly, then I just complete electronic transfers to get the funds for payment, and it works out in the long run!

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1/25/12 5:27 P

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Krystal had her teeth cleaned without anesthesia. There are a group of dental vets that practice in various parts of the country and rotate between local vets. If your cat is friendly, and has a good personality your cat is a good candidate for this type of cleaning. It was a little over $100 and she was fine. She had to go in early so the techs and dentists could play with her and become friendly. You should ask your vet about that. As for the extractions, I guess that will be more money. Just thought I would mention it. It also is a much safer way to clean the animals teeth.

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GOOD LUCK BTSYGRS. AND YOU MADE A GREAT POINT FOR INDOOR CATS...VETS WILL TELL YOU NUMBER ONE DEATH CAUSE FOR CATS COMES FROM THEM BEING OUTDOORS...NOT INDOOR ONLY! AM SURE BOO WILL APPRECIATE ALL YOU ARE DOING FOR HIM! TAKE CARE!

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1/25/12 10:15 A

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That would be something - dentures! emoticon

Thanks for the perspective, AlanofLiny. I guess this is somewhat par for the course. We have never had a cat from kittenhood this long (two of our previous kitties were victims of neighborhood wildlife at relatively young ages; that's why we are now indoor-cat people), so we haven't really been through the aging process yet . . . fortunately Boo has been very healthy otherwise. We'll count our blessings!


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Can 't help but add...next we will have kitty dentures emoticon

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Feline dentistry is like human dentistry - far more expensive than it seems the work is worth. Most of our cats have always had some sort of dental problems ... thankfully the occassional single tooth extraction is not too bad (and sometimes the teeth just fall out on their own). Two of our cats (brother and sister) actually had a genetic disease that made them hi9ghly allergic to dental plaque. The solution was to have all their teeth removed. Poor kitties (nothing like trying to bite one of their siblings or us playfully and wind up gumming us :) ... poor us ... THAT was a multi-thousand dollar adventure. Thankfully, they are none the worse for wear (and still are able to eat dry cat food as well as moist, so I'm not sure what they need their teeth for in the first place ;-) :-)

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Thanks everyone. I am going to start brushing our younger cats' teeth now, and will pay more attention to Boo's teeth from now on, too. I feel loyal to our vet too, though I know he is a little more expensive than some around here, He and his wife connected us with our dog's breeders and we are very happy with the dog; plus he takes care of the animals at the local no-kill shelter. Anyway, this is why we have just three cats and one dog instead of a houseful of animals - it can be expensive to take care of them well! emoticon

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Welcome! Sorry to hear about the dental issues but yes that's probably about what it will cost elsewhere.

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Yeah, sadly that sounds right! Only way cheaper is a vet at humane society, or to call around to compare prices. I love our vet so we are willing to pay what she charges knowing our furry kids are in good hands. When I was single, I had a charge card for this very thing, and just made payments! Good Luck!

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Dental is so expensive-- we brush our kitties teeth!

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I had a Maine Coon named Mulligan. $300 for his teeth and that was years ago. He died in 2004.

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We have 3 cats, too. Meska had to have her Canine teeth removed. (she looks funny) And yes, it is expensive. I have to take all three in for their yearly shots. Not looking forward to that bill.

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Hey everyone, I've been doing SP about 10 days now and I love it. I've lost 2 pounds but more importantly, I think it's helping me get some good habits started (water, walking the dog daily, etc.) We have three cats: Boo is a Maine coon mix, 7 years old, and Bonnie and Clyde are siblings, both gray/tabby shorthair. I took Boo in for her yearly shots today and the vet said she's got to have a cleaning and possibly a couple of teeth removed - and the estimate for the work is almost $400! If they get in there and find that they have less to do than they think they might, it will be closer to $300. She's scheduled to go in next week. Anyone else have cats with dental issues? It was a bit of a shock to get the estimate. But we love Boo and we want to do the right thing for her!

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