Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Eli is going back to the vet




Eli went to the vet last December, right before we started making our own cat food again, and I was told he needed a dental.  I was in a bit of shock over that since he basically had just had one, but looking over his teeth I noticed she wasn't wrong about that.

It was December, and I really really wanted him to wait until it was actually Spring (not just calender spring, but actual warm weather kind of spring) or even early Summer to take him in so I could take Fleurp in for her recheck and probably get someone else looked at too (since my vet offers a small discount if you take three or more pets in at once) but things have taken a turn around here and other health issues have popped up for him.  I think it probably has to do with the stress of bad teeth, so we are going to start there and see what happens.

I know it is folly to think that feeding a raw diet will fix all health issues, especially when he spent so much of  the first part of his life eating junk, but part of me still gets a little angry that it doesn't. Reasonable or not, feelings are what they are.  *sigh*

I feel bad for my boy, and hope that this does a world of good for him - and that he doesn't need dentals every six months for the rest of his life..


22 comments:

  1. I'm sending lots of purrs to Eli!

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  2. Someone does NOT look amused about a trip to the no good, stinkin', keep your fingers out of my mouth, and especially keep THAT out of THERE, vet!

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  3. Lots of purrs for Eli. Dentals every six months sound rough on everyone.

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  4. Oh poor Eli. Once Niko had dental and after about four months, he needed another. Vet told us he probably needs dental every six month then. After that, I started raw diet with raw bones, etc, and his condition improved. But I agree feeding raw doesn't fix everything.. I do hope Eli doesn't have to go through dental every six months.

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  5. Poor boy.....sending purrs

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  6. Lots of purrs and purrayers to Eli. We hope things go well for him today. Derry's now missing 11 teeth in total, but I'm sure that won't be the end of it, so I can relate, at least in that sense.

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  7. We're feeding canned (no carbs, 95% meat) and brushing the boys' teeth every other night, more or less. (Wendy thinks toothbrushing is fatal so we will be paying for lots of dentistry for her.) Brushing is not so bad, not that I'm very good at it. It takes just seconds once my husband has corralled one and brought him to me. They are used to it. Lion lies in his arms and lets me brush away. That said, I still see tartar here and there on some of the cats. What I'm doing is helping but it's still not enough to keep them all looking like movie stars.

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    1. Meant to add my good wishes for Eli, and to say that if you have a cat or two with particularly problematic teeth, brushing can become pretty routine...

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    2. Unfortunately Eli is my Wendy.. He is so skittish that even getting to touch him is often a major deal, and if it isn't then the very next time it will be. He was 10 years old before he touched my lap of his own accord. and another year before he climbed into it. if he even suspects you might have another agenda other than patting him he is OUT of there.. and I mean you won't see him again till dinner time out of there..

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  8. Poor Eli, hope the dental sorts his mouth out. I've found that giving each cat a centimetre of enzymatic toothpaste (Logic or C.E.T) at bedtime really helps and avoids the painful hell of brushing. It's kept Mungo's teeth and gums in good shape so far.

    The Ape xx

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  9. Both those pictures are so stunning. Such a handsome boy! Keeping our fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly. And that he won't need such frequent dental visits in the future. :-)

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  10. I'm with you, the idea of excellent food and care SHOULD erase all prior bad stuff, but alas. Here's hoping a dental now AND the continued raw food, etc. will minimize future toof probs.

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  11. I think that tooth problems have a lot to do with diet, though I have one cat that only wants dry commercial kibbles to eat, and has perfect teeth! Go figure!

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    1. there is a lot to dental issues, including genetics.. I've had a lot of cats on kibble in the past and some had awesome teeth, and some had horrific teeth.. I also think there is a lot we can do with nutrition when they are young and their teeth are still forming.. but sadly that doesn't help us now..

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  12. Poor boy ! We send tons of purrs to Eli ! Purrs

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  13. We're purring for Eli and hoping all goes well for him.

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  14. That is not a happy face, but who likes having someone stick their fingers in ones mouth

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  15. Feel better, Eli! We're sending you lots of purrs and hugs.
    Love,
    Lola and Lexy

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  16. Hope you feel better Eli!!

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  17. Eli, we are sending you all our purrs and prayers. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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