Thanks for asking, MA.
The answer is nope, I don't think so. When we were in GA in Sept. they all had a dental check up. (The vet keeps complete and separate files on the dental work). Everyone looked great - healthy teeth and gums - and everyone but Flowerbelle had their teeth cleaned (she wouldn't need it being so young).
Personally, I actually think it's like attention deficit disorder (maybe due to her terrible malnutrition by the time she was rescued?). She never eats a "meal" - not even Whiska's cat milk or wet food. And, quite honestly, she does the same thing with the wet food that she does with the dry! Occassionally, like the other cats, she'll lick at it a little bit - but she usually grabs a bite, steps back from the bowl, shakes her head - and with the wet food she'll eat the bit in her mouth and then go eat some of the food that flew off the bite she took out of the bowl. (Sorry - I'm laughing. It really is just too funny. Messy, but funny). She'll do this maybe one or two more times - then she'll wander around to check out the other cats eating, try to get into their bowls - and when she has no success, she'll head back to her own. And do the same thing again. And again. By the next time she tries - the rest have eaten their food, LOL!
Milk, fortunately, she doesn't try to kill.
BUT - she'll take a few licks, look up, jump from that platform on the cat tree to the other one, walk around, look around, and go back for a few more licks. The cat milk she'll finish (and I'm talking a teaspoon - MAYBE tablespoon sized amount) with three or four interruptions like this.
This herpes virus, however, is the problem with her eye, is causing problems in her sinuses and lungs, so perhaps it's affecting her gums (although she's always eaten like this). We did make a vet appointment for next week to talk about the eye (Gary's open to the idea of having it removed at this point), so we'll have him take a look at her teeth and gums. Something certainly could have developed since the end of September (although we sure can't detect anything).
I hope he doesn't find anything - and I really don't expect him to. I think she just doesn't have the patience for it! She never eats much at a time - but she'll eat a little bit about a million times a day. They all get wet food once a day (in the evening) - and as Tuxedo can't eat any wet food but his own, we don't leave the wet food out. She eats maybe
a teaspoon out of the 1/4 can of wet food she gets once a day in the 20 minutes we leave it out (the others gobble up all of theirs in about five minutes - if).