Originally Posted by JeanW
Ditto the posts by Gayef and Coaster! Definitely get professional cleanings. Teeth that aren't properly cared for and cleaned can lead to other health problems. It's very important to have their teeth cleaned at the vet's office.
Thanks for all your great advice!
The reason I ask...well it's multi-faceted. For one, I grew up with a cat, Cody, the sweetest little guy in the world. He died a horrible painful death from kidney infections, gum disease and abscessed teeth because well, basically we were not educated on it by our vet (I was only 6 y/o when we got him, and 22 when we put him down, so needless to say, not all my fault).
I made a promise to myself that when and if I ever had another cat, I would be proactive with their dental and physical health. I make it a point to get Cassie's teeth cleaned every 1.5 years...even the vet says she has no plaque build-up, so I could even go 2 years.
I was concerned, though, because the last time we went, she took a LONG time to snap out of her anesthetic -- over 24 hours. She was all disoriented, growling, hissing, eyes all dilated. Of course, we were concerned, had her in a room all by herself under a blanket (the sun was really bugging her out).
I wondered if this was all necessary...plus, the vet who did the procedure that day was one we were not familiar with...needless to say, Cassie wasn't comfortable with her either LOL. The vet also said that we had nothing to worry about...Well, of course when my baby is all out-of-sorts for longer than they anticipate, I worry.
Thank you for all your assistance. We try to brush her teeth, but she will have NONE of it!!!!!!