By Guest Feline Correspondent, Penny Burnett
Not too long ago, my human took me in to work with her at Cat Care PC of Rochester Hills, which is almost never as fun as she makes it sound. I underwent a dental cleaning, and the following is a brief summary of my experience. Hopefully if you are on-the-fence about bringing your own kitty in for a dental, my account will help you make a decision.
Naturally, I sulked in my carrier on the drive over to Cat Care, inwardly pondering how I would punish my human for this experience later.When we got there my human put me in a little cubby in the cat ward, where there was relaxing music and nature sounds playing on a stereo, and I felt much less anxious and vengeful once I was curled up on a towel. Normally, we would have gone into an exam room so that one of the technicians could explain the dental procedure to us and answer all of our questions before I was admitted to the cat ward and my owner left until the dental was complete.
One thing I didn’t get to skip out on was the pre-anesthetic bloodwork. The humans were very calm and hands-off, so I almost didn’t notice when a needle poked my neck. It was not very comfortable, but I sat still and it was over in 30 seconds. I figured it was only fair, since I do a lot of poking and puncturing with my own needles.
After that, I went back to my cubby while my blood was being tested. Once it was confirmed that I was healthy and able to be anesthetized, a human came into the ward and took me out of my cubby. She was being extra friendly and scratching my neck, but I could tell it was all an elaborate ruse. (I played along just to humor her.) She set me on an exam table with a warm towel on it and some very fun-looking tubes and a roll of gauze that I would have loved to sink my nails into. The experience only improved from that point, because next the human held a mask over my face and at first I didn’t like it at all, but after a minute or two I started to feel reeeally good. The last thing I remember is being warm and…
and kind of silly…
When I woke up, I was back in my cubby in the cat ward wrapped in a warm towel. For several minutes I felt disoriented, so I decided to lie down until I had my wits about me once more so as to avoid making a fool of myself. I was feeling more awake when my human opened the cubby and gave me some delicious food. While I was eating I noticed that my teeth were very smooth and clean.
Here’s what happened while I was asleep:
I did not notice much of a difference when I woke up, but my teeth are pain-free and have never failed me yet. However, approximately 68% of cats over three years old have some degree of dental disease! According to the humans, regular dental cleanings at the veterinarian’s office will keep my teeth and mouth healthy for the rest of my life. Cat-owners can also brush their cat’s teeth at home with special cat toothpaste – never human toothpaste.
I’m not saying that I enjoyed the experience – who enjoys going to the dentist?? But I understand why it is necessary – in the long run, it will help me live a longer and healthier life. I hope that my experience will help you make a decision for your cat!
All my Best,
P.S. Check out this link for more information on dental care for you cat!