Giles entered our family in 2005, as a two year old Abyssinian, retired from the Cat Show circuit. During his Cat Show days, he won over 14 ribbons. When he joined our family, he was ready to enjoy a life of leisure. As his name would suggest, he has always acted like a British Gentleman since he joined our family. He's the most polite and well behaved kitty I've ever seen.
Last Friday I took Giles and Buffy in for their yearly vaccines. Upon examination, Giles' gingivitis was much worse and the dental cleaning (under anesthesia) that my vet had been bugging me to schedule for Giles was no longer optional. It was a necessity. I was told this procedure needed to be done ASAP and that Giles might even need to lose a tooth. (Gingivitis-allergy to tooth plaque- is more prevalent among purebred cats)
So on Monday we scheduled his teeth cleaning procedure. The estimate they gave me was $623 at the best case scenario and $1244 at the worst, depending on the condition of his mouth and how much work he needed. Apparently his mouth was worse than the worst case scenario. Because when the vet put him under anesthesia, she found that he did not have a single tooth past the canines that was intact. Since he didn't have any tooth remaining that were matching up, the Vet deduced that Giles had been swallowing his kibble whole for quiet some time. He also had a severe case of stomatitis. (oral infection causing inflammation and extreme mouth pain) Even for those teeth that were rotted away, she had to remove each and every root .
Our kitty is now completely toothless past his canines. The good news is that up to 80% of cats with severe Gingivitis/Stomatitis will be completely cured after the removal of their back teeth.
Total amount of teeth removed: TEN
Total amount of Vet bill: $1521.60
Getting our kitty to feel good again: PRICELESS