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post #1 of 6
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Hi All - I have been told by my vet that my 9 year old male cat, Simba, is in the early stages of gingivitis and that I should seriously consider getting his teeth cleaned. He is only 6 lbs. and it worries me to have him put under anesthesia. So... I've been putting off having this done. Am I being silly? He had it done a couple of years ago and everything was fine; except he lost a tooth. Guess I'm just worried now that he is getting older and is so tiny.
post #2 of 6
I just had my 12-ish yo kidney problem & allergy prone cat's teeth cleaned this past Monday. She did just fine. Her teeth are great and she's healthy, all things considered.

I think your guy will do okay.

post #3 of 6
I put Kandie under three times after her CRF aka kidney disease diagnosis...

Do a senior panel to ensure all organs function right... and ask what anesthetic the vet uses some are easier on them than others
post #4 of 6
It is so important to keep their teeth and gums healthy, I would not worry abut her weight, get those teeth cleaned asap before your cats gets serious health issues from it and it should be fine. I have 2 lbs kittens put under for spaying and neutering all the time and they are perfectly fine.
post #5 of 6
I agree that you should have some blood work done first and then find out what kind of anesthetics will be used. Some, like Ketamine, can be contraindicated in cats with kidney problems. Others, like propofol and isoflurane, are much easier on the cat's body and the cat recovers more quickly. With anesthetics, there are often three or more components: preanesthetic, induction agent, and maintence anesthetic. Make sure some sort of pain relief is given both during and after the surgery, especially if there are extractions.

My 15 year old adoptee has had dental surgery twice (I need to get back into the habit of brushing his teeth, or he'll probably need it again) and my previous senior, Spot, had a couple of surgeries with the not-so-good anesthetics. One of those included a dental. Spot did fine despite heart disease and hyperthyroidism. One of my boyfriend's cats has had dental surgeries and extractions as they think she has stomatits. She's also around 6 pounds.

As long as your vet is experienced in doing dentals on older kitties, it should be fine. Not cleaning the teeth can lead to bacteria getting into the blood stream and damaging the heart, kidneys, and other organs. I would try to get into the habit of brushing Simba's teeth too, as that can extend the time needed between cleanings.
post #6 of 6
I think we all worry, hopefully needlessly, when our babies have to be put under to have their teeth cleaned. Jamie (8) is scheduled for his third dental cleaning on Friday, and I'm a nervous wreck. Still, I know how important it is, after having had to have half our last cat's (former feral) teeth extracted.
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