And if so, do you think she'd find my teeths,
if Momma put them in our cat tree?
I sure hope so, cuz there they are. Momma said to wait til I felt more like my old self.
I bet you've guessed by now - I had oral surgery. It was a bit more involved than the average.
Momma says she'll spare you photos of the sutures. Our vet told Momma and Papa not to look. He said they might freak if they did.
They removed bone from my upper jaw, too, but it's not in my box. Uh, I don't think.
|Momma & I spent Friday evening on the floor.|
Maxwell is doing much better now, but he was doing that "I'm in pain" purr while shivering, and he was on Buprenorphine for days.
His tooth problems stem from the fact he was so sick as a kitten. For almost half a year, we fought infection after infection: both upper respiratory and in his ears. Our vet told me he's seen so many cats with this kind of health history lose their teeth to Juvenile Onset Gingivitis once they reach adulthood.
He also said Max would be toothless by age 5 because of that.
(Psst! Guess what? I turn 5 on April 14! And I still have ten teeth left!)
But his gums - they're always inflamed. I treat them daily with a gel that kills the bacteria, to try to reduce that inflammation. And each February, he gets his teeth cleaned.
And each year, he loses one or two. Or twelve.
We cannot emphasize strongly enough that Pet Dental Health is a lifetime thing, and not just for older cats.
Maxwell: Hey does the Tooth Fairy pay for kitty teeth in wand toys, you think?
I sure hope so.
Faraday grabbed Momma's cell phone and pawed this pic of me on Sunday night while I was under the Influence.
(In case anyone wonders, kitty morphone tastes awful. Blech.)
So ... I gotta ask.
Do I look any different to you?
Will you still love me without my fangs?
It's not that I'm vain, really. (But I did have a handsome set, don't you think?)
We'll have a fair amount of "throwback" Fangs on Friday, because we have loads of Maxie photos we haven't yet shared with you. We assured him he would always be our Valentine, with or without teeth. :-)
And we are beyond thankful he's beginning to return to his normal cheerful self.
Thank you all so much for your kind words on Wednesday when we mentioned he'd had surgery.
This one was a bit tougher than past years, and we're happy it's behind us now!