Weekend Plans Post: The Unexpected Toothectomy
Momo’s mood had been worsening over the last few months. Quicker to squabble with the other kitties, quicker to hiss, quicker to go from “please rub my belly” to “Cuisinart”.
So we did the thing where we called the vet to come over and they determined that he had lower back pain and needed to go on an NSAID. Fair enough. His mood improved… a little. But he still communicated deep unhappiness. Huh, as it turns out, cats can get hypertension too… so he went on a blood pressure pill. Hey, who among us does not take a blood pressure pill? And he still communicated deep unhappiness and… well, this time, we noticed that he was dropping food when he was eating. So we asked them to give special attention to his teeth and, wouldn’t you know it, he had to have them removed.
So we give him to the vet and she removed his teeth. And that happened today.
He’s still in a bad mood, but it seems to be a much more cheerful bad mood. The doc says that he’ll be back to normal come Saturday night. Until then, same regimen for the pain management (and I specifically asked “even with the teeth?” because I remember when I had my wisdom teeth out, I was useless for a couple of days and couldn’t eat anything more interesting than baby food for a week) and he’s going to be needing his water changed out a couple of times a day instead of every couple of days but… yeah.
We should get our old Momo back. And, this time, if he goes from “please rub my belly” to “Cuisinart”, it’ll be much gummier.
As such, this weekend will be spent tending to the poor little gummy kitty and trying not to laugh as he masters his new drinking techniques that can no longer rely on his canines keeping his tongue on a bullseye straight down to the water. And brushing our teeth just a little bit longer than usual.
So… what’s on your docket?
(Featured image is “false_teeth1” by smileycreek. Used under a creative commons license.)