Saturday, February 6, 2016

Maxwell Update + Vimtag Winner

Thank you all for your kind words and prayers for Maxie yesterday as he had his annual dental cleaning.

Unlike us humans, a feline dental is usually done under anesthesia, so it's a bit more involved and causes a bit more concern than a human's trip to the dentist!

And this time, it became especially worrisome when we received a call after they had Maxie anesthetized and began to see exactly what they were dealing with.

Maxwell has a condition our veterinarian is convinced was exacerbated by Maxie's poor health as a kitten. Although veterinary medicine has been unable to prove the link between chronic respiratory infections and stomatitis, our doctor has seen far too many to believe it's mere coincidence.

And Maxwell had it all as a kitten: he fought respiratory infections, calicivirus and kennel cough, along with all the ear issues we recently told you about.

Allie: Hrmpf. I had to endure the vet yesterday too, but no one's asking how I fared! I think I'll just leave.

Some day, our boy will be completely toothless. Yesterday, he lost three more. (they wanted to take 4 teeth, but decided to wait and watch the fourth one.)

And two of them were A Big Deal.

The left lower fang (or canine) had severe bone erosion and had abscessed. Despite Marty's persistent attempts to argue for keeping it, eventually he was even convinced it had to come out.

Maxie, this morning. He's on buprenorphine for pain, but otherwise acting like his usual cheerful self.

Taking a lower canine in a feline can be a very challenging thing, and can end with a fractured jaw. Just ask CHo over at Naked and Hungry blog - it happened to her "naked" sphynx cat Jake when the last of his teeth came out.

Our veterinarian, Dr. Eberhardy, told us late yesterday afternoon that Maxie had provided his dental challenge for the month - he said he was sweating bullets during the careful procedure ... but all went well.

The other Big Deal was the big molar in the back. Historically, we've had issues with these incisions getting infected in Faraday and Allie, so we're watching it carefully.

All 3 teeth were on Maxie's lower left side, so he's pretty bare over there now!

How's he feeling? We'll let him tell you himself. ;-)

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Rafflecopter has spoken, and the winner is:

Concatulations to Sharla, Angel and Isabella over at Beaded Tail!



  1. Oh, Maxie, your eyes are nice and alert now, and you seem to be very comfy on that awesome rocing cat tree. Last night I was a bit worried seeing your pupils so dilated. And your one fang is still handsome.

    Concats to the Beaded Tail kitties and Sharla!

  2. Maxie, we're so sorry about your teefs! We're glad you're doing well today. I had all my teefs stolen last November because of stomatitis so I understand how you feel. Sending purrs! ~Isabella

    PeeS: OMC!OMC!OMC! We're so excited we won! Thank you all so much! Yay!

  3. Aw, poor Maxie. We're sorry they keep stealing your teefs, but we hope it makes you feel better. Purrs...

    Congrats to Sharla, Isabella and Angel! How lucky of them to win the Vimtag!

  4. Maxwell, I'm glad to see you're doing so well. I've had that buprenorphine stuff when I had a couple of my teeth pulled, and it's wonderful. You have so much character with your one-fanged smile. I hope your surgery sites heal quickly and you're feeling 100% soon.

  5. Jack is missing all of his teeth on the right side of his lower jaw including his canine.. I think it changed the shape of his face

  6. Oh POOR MAXWELL! That sounds truly ghastly and we truly feel for you. We hope your mouth won't be too sore for long.

    The chans

  7. Great to know you're doing OK Maxie, and fangs or not your our fav cat scientist. purrs Erin

  8. Maxie looks wonderful and sounds great. We know he'll make a quick recovery due to the wonderful love and nursing he will get. Hoping he's all better, quick, fast, and in a hurry.

  9. Concats to the Beaded Tail cats.

    Poor Maxie. Tim only has his fangs left and mom is hoping he can keep those (but not likely).

  10. Poor Maxie. I hope you are soon feeling much better again.
    Concats to Sharla, Angel and Isabella!

  11. Max looks like he's feeling no pain after his dental procedure!

    Just wondering - is Allie photobombing him... or is she actually concerned about him?

  12. We're sorry they stole you three more teeth, Maxwell, but we're glad you're feeling better ! Purrs

  13. You poor, sweet boy :( I definitely think Allie is worried about you!!! {{{HUGS}}}

  14. OH Maxie you are such a dear and we think that one fang thing will get you all the lady cats you want!

  15. Maxie, we are sorry you lost some more teefs, but we are glad you are okay. We're purring that the molar incision heals up with no infection, and that you're all better real soon. If it helps you feel better, our Zoe has no more teef (because of stomatitis), and she does really well.

  16. oooof.....Maxie m'boy...yoo bee da 'FangMan' now. We so sorry yoo lose more teef. Me and mom hope yoo recover fast...until den chill out (mom said dat not me-she sooo old)on dem drugs. over and out FangMan!

  17. Awww, they had to steal on of your fangs...did you get to take it home as a souvenier?? We hope so!

    Gald you seem to be doing purrty good there, and one fang is better than still have all your charm, no one can steal that!!

    Concats to the winners of that camera!

  18. Sorry buddy! Hope you are felling perfectly well very soon!

  19. I talked a little about Jake this morning on the blog; remembering how brave he was and the hard time he and his sister Maus had a hard time with dental issues. They both had issues with URI, kennel cough and calicivirus when I adopted them. I miss them both deeply, but I don't miss the dental extractions.


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