Thursday, March 13, 2008

Something More Important


My 21 year old cat Bonk is having problems with her teeth. I noticed a few days ago that her upper lip on the left side was catching on her gums. Tonight I looked and she is missing both of her fangs on that side. I never noticed the teeth laying around and I wonder if she swallowed them. She does not seem to be in any pain and is eating just fine. But still.....

Do I need to worry or take her to the vet?

7 comments:

Eye of the Rainbow said...

I wouldnt worry I do believe older cats lose their teeth. My brothers cat has anyway.

redfrog27 said...

I think its normal also may just have to buy wet food for her she is lucky she hasnt lost her fur she is 21 right

Julie said...

Alex had bad teeth her whole life and was pretty much down to a few before she died. She still ate dry food and caught things.
I think it's more stressful to take them to the vet. When I'm her age in human years, I'm certainly not going to the vet. I might not even take my teeth out and put them in the jar at night.-:)

amy h said...

As long as it doesn't look infected, I think it is fairly normal for older animals to lose teeth. Maybe she'd like some softer food if you don't already give her that?

Sorry to see all of the conflict going around on here. I know that must be stressful.

Patti said...

I would say as long as she's eating don't worry about it. Holly was fine with nary a tooth in her head!

Sandra said...

Does she have normal kitty breath? If it seems unusually bad she might need dental work, the bacteria in an infected tooth can cause other problems besides just the tooth pain. But if she has normal kitty breath and is eating well, I wouldn't rush to the vet.

Caroline said...

sandra--no, her breath smells like it normall does. oh, and this morning she yawned right in front of me and i noticed that it's just her top one that is missing.