Urgent cat dental advise please. What can I do to help my kittle guy?

Canada
May 15, 2010 7:24am CST
I have an 8 year old (male) cat who has extremely bad breath...and, although he does not have that many teeth to begin with, he seems to be about to lose his bottom right fang. At present, it is protruding forward, and is very sore to the touch. It wouldn't surprise me if he'll lose this one too. Right now I'm not financially capable of looking after his problem in the way in which I'd like to. My vet says that dental surgery is probably going to be necessary, and would also be very expensive. The cat might even need to have all of his teeth pulled (the few that he has) and replaced with dentures. Cat owners and/or pet lovers out there, can you please give me a few suggestions on how I can help him ease his suffering, while I'm in the process of accumulating the necessary funds for his surgery? I love this little critter with all my heart, but feel somewhat helpless as to what I can do for him right now. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanking you in advance; crazydaisy
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5 responses
• United States
15 May 10
If I was faced with your problem and I could not afford to get the best veterinary care then I would get the one bad tooth pulled. As for dentures!!!...No Way! I've never even heard of animal dentures. If he is an indoor cat he does not need teeth for protection and just feed him soft food.
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• Canada
18 May 10
Yes, he is an indoor cat, but he will not eat soft food. He'd rather eat the "crunchy" bite-sized biscuits. I also have 4 other cats, and if and when he DOES try to eat the softer food that is placed out as well for them, he can't seem to hold it down. He vomits within minutes after ingesting it. I'm not sure, but I think this must have to do with swallowing whatever poisons his mouth must be producing, and the combination of the two is what upsets his stomach. He seems to have gone off soft food altogether. My friend suggested serving him some pablum with lactose free milk, but I doubt he'd eat it. I know the tooth has to come out, but there's no way I'M going to do it myself! cd
@Tangeryne (413)
• India
15 May 10
OMG, that's so sad. My heart goes out to you but unfortunately I have no suggestions to give you just wishes that you can get the necessary funds ASAP to help your cat. By the way, how come he's losing his teeth?? I've lived with cats and dogs all my life but haven't come across such a situation.
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• Canada
15 May 10
When he was younger, very few teeth grew in, but the vet said that he was probably one of those late bloomer-types, and they would eventually come in as he matured. Well, they didn't. So he hasn't really had that many teeth to begin with. 12 were all that came in, and of course, 4 of them are top and bottom fangs. cd
• China
15 May 10
oh,i am so sorry to hear that as a cat lover.and i am so sorry that i couldnot giave any advices.i live with my dog and cat more than 5 years and haven't met this proplem.i also don't know what should do.however,i know at this time,the cat need your accompany very much.you should accompany with him.
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• Canada
15 May 10
THAT won't be difficult! He's the most affectionate cat I have ever seen. He's constantly coming over to be petted and comforted, and begins by licking up and down my arms. I think that the salt from my arms is his way in helping himself ease his pain, although I can't be sure. I just know HE wouldn't stand for it if I were to start him on a salt rinse, that's for sure!...and I suppose if I were him, I wouldn't like it either. Thank you anyway for your concern. cd
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
16 May 10
Although it's not recommended, my aunt gives one of her cats a half of motrin every day. I don't know what for but she says it hasn't harmed her cat but it's been told that it will harm cats. Now a suggestion for you. Have you ever heard of CareCredit? It's a credit account for people who have pets but can't afford their care or emergencies and this company will finance the vet bill, interest free, however, depending on the amount - for a number of months. My husband and I have had to use ours a couple of times and it's really awesome to have when needed. Not only that but it can be used for other reasons too. Check out the website. I think you'll find it to be a great way to go, especially when your poor kitty is in pain with a bad tooth like that. Not a referral link! http://www.carecredit.com
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• Canada
18 May 10
I'm not sure if they have such a credit care system here in Canada for animals, but I will check into it. Thank you very much for the suggestion. cd
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
19 May 10
As good a country Canada is, there should be something in support of help for humans and their animal companions. I hope so!
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• Canada
1 Jun 10
I took the cat to vet to see what he could pull the tooth and took some blood test to see about his other 4 teeth,He said they are all bad and will have to be pull as well, I am going phone vet back to see how the test turn out if he has to have them pull than that's what I be doing next week if he dosen't have them out he will die in the next month or so,So that means he will have "NO" teeth at all so after tomorrow he's getting pull,I feel bad!!! cd
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@BarBaraPrz (20528)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 May 10
The only advice I can give you in this matter is to search out ElicBxn, a member here, who has had experience with cat dental health (or lack of it).
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• Canada
15 May 10
I believe I know of this person. They are the one that has the wild cats, if I'm not mistaken? If they are not within my friend's list, I will make a requst. Thank you. cd
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@BarBaraPrz (20528)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 May 10
Yeah, she has something like 30 cats, some of which are feral.