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My cat is scheduled for a teeth cleaning

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My Vet had said my cat needs her teeth cleaned. Since she had recent bloodwork done, I had a month to schedule it, using that same bloodwork that shows she is perfectly healthy. I was so nervous that I stewed about it for a few weeks, but I have decided to have it done. I called and they can do it TOMORROW!!! So now the nerves have set in.

When I was young, our family cat died of kidney disease. Back then it wasn't so promoted to have their teeth cleaned, our Vet never suggested it. Now that I am older I have learned that he would've been healthier, with cleaner teeth. Since the Vet has suggested it, I really needed to consider it.

One Vet a few years back detected something irregular with my cat's heart, so I took her to a specialist who found nothing. Since then, they have found nothing. But I still want to put a note on her chart to use a medication that is gentler on the heart, as I was told they could do that.

I just know at this point that there are risks to both sides. If I don't have her teeth cleaned there is bacteria. If I get her teeth cleaned and make a commitment to help maintain her teeth afterwards, I think that's the best option. She will just have to get used to having her teeth brushed, and get some raw chicken occasionally, as well. Man, I am so nervous!!!

I don't know why, I guess I was young and didn't realize that whenever a cat is "fixed" they undergo anesthesia. So she has been through it before as a young cat...I am a nervous wreck.

She had her rabies and distemper shots a few weeks back and was sick for awhile from them, but now she is feeling better. She SO hates going to the Vet, I sure wish I could explain to her why it is necessary!
post #2 of 9
My Meeko has a 2/3 heart murmur and has surgery Jan 19th and everything went well.
I was scared also.
I hope everything goes well for your cat.

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Originally Posted by mews2much View Post
My Meeko has a 2/3 heart murmur and has surgery Jan 19th and everything went well.
I was scared also.
I hope everything goes well for your cat.

How old is your cat, may I ask? Mine is 9 in human years...and thanks for your well wishes.
post #4 of 9
Meeko will be 9 June 11th.
It was not a dental.

post #5 of 9
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I'm so glad things went well for your cat and the surgery! Did they use a different anesthesia then the normal, due to the heart murmur? I think I will be at home all day just waiting to hear that everything went well!
post #6 of 9
Meeko also has herpes.
They gave her a safer anesthesia.
When we picked her up she jumped off the table at the vets.
She was not messed up from the anesthesia at all except her pupils were big.
I was surprised.
post #7 of 9
Hope everything goes smoothly with your baby! She'll feel better with clean teeth! I know nothing we can say will make you worry free, but know we're all sending our best wishes for your and kitty!
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Originally Posted by CatNurse22 View Post
Hope everything goes smoothly with your baby! She'll feel better with clean teeth! I know nothing we can say will make you worry free, but know we're all sending our best wishes for your and kitty!

Thanks so much. I had read other posts that said people's cats felt better after their teeth were clean. I am committed to taking care of her teeth well, after this! I read you only have to clean the outsides of their teeth as the insides are cleaned well by their tongues... so it's not as daunting as I thought. I just have to get her used to it.

I wonder if the dental wipes for cats are any good...I will have to do tons of research to keep her teeth cleaner after this! Thanks again.
post #9 of 9
We used to have our beloved girls teeth cleaned every year. She left us at 19 years old with beautiful teeth
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