Is There a Tooth Fairy for Cats?

My 15-year-old cat, Biddy, went to the dentist yesterday. Sadly, he returned with significantly fewer teeth.

A few months ago, we noticed that Biddy had consistent nasal congestion in his right nostril. Cats don’t know how to blow their nose, so Biddy has basically walked around with a snot bubble for the last few months, with the occasion satisfying sneeze.

For a while I thought it was just a mild cold or seasonal allergies, but I brought it up with his vet during a routine visit. When she heard that it was one nostril, not both, she highly suspected that Biddy had a tooth infection on that side. Biddy had some small teeth removed a few years ago and I’ve since given him toothpaste every day, but he’s always refused to let me brush his teeth.

So yesterday I dropped off Biddy at the vet for some dental surgery. The good news is that he’s now back home, a little wobbly and drooling, but fine. The bad news is that the dentist found significant tooth decay and infections: She removed a total of 15 teeth, including his two canines. Biddy only has 8 teeth remaining.

The poor guy was very confused when he got home. Lots of drool, and he couldn’t seem to keep his tongue in his mouth. He’s doing much better today. Food seems to be his primary comfort so far, but he got some good snuggles at lunch today (he didn’t want them last night).

While my heart breaks for Biddy in the short term, I think this is good for his remaining years. Much less pain to endure. Hopefully this also solves the congestion issue.

Have your pets ever had dental work? Do they let you brush their teeth?

4 thoughts on “Is There a Tooth Fairy for Cats?”

  1. Poor Biddy!

    We also have had several cats who needed dental work. It’s painful to see, but at the same time it’s surprising how quickly they recover, and how easily they adapt to their new situation.

    Hang in there, Biddy!

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  2. Poor Biddy! I hope he’s feeling better soon.
    My previous cat, Ski, had several teeth removed. The vet sent us home with antibiotic tablets to give morning and night for a couple of weeks, but it very quickly got to the point that whenever I came near her to give her a tablet, she’d start drooling so excessively that it was impossible to actually get the tablet in her mouth.
    Normally I’m really good at tableting cats (I do other people’s for them, on request!). But I could not give them to her that time. She became so distressed I ended up getting her an antibiotic injection instead.

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