Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Awful Tooth

Cammie is at the veterinary hospital today. She required a dental procedure, as determined during her physical examination a month ago, and, considering her middle-age (eleven years) and budding kidney issues, I decided to schedule the dental work for sooner, rather than later.

Denying a cat food when it is used to having it at certain times is difficult. There is no explaining the situation; there is only a lack of food that she doesn’t understand. The princess could have nothing to eat after ten o’clock last night. Prior to that hour, I plied her with tempting dishes but, having had an unusually successful meal-time (everyone ate well and Cammie in particular) and it not being the time for any food, according to a well-established household schedule, she was having none of it. Naturally, about ten o’clock, she wanted food.

Cammie was abnormally friendly during the night. She almost never comes onto the bed during the dark hours; her time is right at bed-time or when I wake. But I think she was trying to coax some edibles from me. I was on my stomach and she lie on my back and purred, most unusual. And this morning, she of course wanted breakfast, and could have none. The others received theirs; however, the routine was thrown off and they being aware of something strange occurring, and so were off their appetites.

Now my little Siamese cat is at the hospital. She will receive fluids during the surgery, of course, but also afterward for as long as she is there. I have requested that I be notified of any teeth that may look like they need removal. I think that considering Cammie’s physical condition, it is the best policy; bad teeth in a cat won’t get better and, as she ages and fights kidney failure, neither will conditions for a smooth operation.

I await word of the results. I don’t expect any bad news. There really isn’t much to go wrong, but one always worries until one’s pet is home. A doctor may know more, but home is safe. Cammie will be home after four o’clock today.

14 comments:

  1. Absolutely one always worries, even if things are expected to be okay. N & D are sending their purrs and purrayers to her, I have my fingers crossed (figuratively) for her. Definitely better to take out any "iffy" teeth now!

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  2. we are sending lots of good purrs!!!

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  3. Purrs to dear Cammie from all of us.

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  4. I hope that Cammie's dental appointment went well and she is back home with you by now.

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  5. cammie...we send st francis' best fishes; we R sorree we dinna see thiz earl lee urr...we trust all wented well N bye de time dad seez thiz ewe R home N chillaxin N eatin lotz oh pate style.... ♥♥♥♥♥

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  6. You are so right to take care of any dental problems Cammie may have now. After all, dental issues will not improve on their own. Of course, any time one of our cats needs a procedure it's a cause for worry. But cats heal quickly, and I'm sure Cammie will be feeling better in no time. Please keep us posted on how she is doing.

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    1. Yes, get the worst over when they are able to handle it. The latest news on my princess has now been published.

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  7. Hope to hear all is well with beautiful Cammie.

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  8. We are thinking of you and Cammie. Even when things are expected to go well, we still worry. When Jessica had her teeth cleaning - many years ago - the clinic wanted her brought in by 9:00 pm the evening before the proceedure. I think they did not trust us humans to comply with the pre-op no fod rule. I sent along a packet of food with Jessica, I think to ease my sense of guilt at her starving all night.

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    1. I could have brought Cammie to the hospital the night before, but, as I had a choice, I was firmly against it. It's strange that your doctors wanted Jessica there the night before, though I suspect you are right about the reason.

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  9. I understand your pain. Miss pops is used to eating half of her leftover dinner and biscuits overnight so was insistent on reminding me every minute all night that she was hungry.

    Staying in the cattery four days after surgery meant she was happy and fine when she came home.

    We hope Cammie feels ok when she comes home to you and not minus too many teeth.

    Julie and poppyq

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    1. I thought of Poppy when Cammie was weedling for some food early in the morning. As you may read in my newest article, the dental visit was as good for my princess as for yours, though Poppy probably had the sorer mouth.

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  10. I know what it is to have to withhold food from the sweet one. It is heart breaking because as you said, there is no explaining and no understanding. And to feed everyone else and leave out one...it is so hard. Katie is by herself here but I had to do that also for the same reason last February. Seeing the little face looking up where her food bowl should have been is awful. Your girl will soon be home and happy to be with her family again.

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    1. Yes, it's tough not being able to tell them why, in this and other matters. But all turned out well.

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