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For the first time in three years, I managed to talk my mom into getting our cat, Susie, checked out at the vet. Susie's almost 7 and last time she was to the vet, she had to have some of her teeth removed.<br><br><br><br>
Just after we booked the appointment, my dad found a piece of one of her teeth on the carpet.<br><br><br><br>
Her appointment was Thursday. We had to fight to get her into the carrier. We had to use a towel to wrap her up in. My mom and I both ended up with a few bad scratches, and my cat, who never meows unless she wants us to feed her, was crying and crying and trying to claw her way out of the carrier. My mom felt so bad that she started crying.<br><br><br><br>
We got her to the vet, and as soon as the assistant let her out, it was like she was never in the carrier. Surprisingly (she's usually pretty timid), she let the vet pick her up and check her teeth, her weight and her temperature. She hopped off the table and then made her way around the room. At one point, which is rare for her, she hopped up and sat between my mom and me on the bench (she hates my mom).<br><br><br><br>
The assistant told us that our cat was 10 lbs, four ounces. Last time she was to the vet, she was 10 lbs, two ounces, and that she could stand to lose a pound. We had just recently switched her forumla to weight control and are doing what the assistant suggested, which is to divide her half cup of food into three portions and feed her three times a day.<br><br><br><br>
The vet said she was experiencing teeth loss and had a lot of tarter build up. He said it was caused by bacteria that nobody seems to know much about... only that when the cat's teeth are all gone, the cat has no more problems with it's gums. She needs a good cleaning, which we have booked for her in October. In the meantime, he told us to take a q-tip with either listerine or peroxide and rub her gums on a daily basis.<br><br><br><br>
She was pretty jumpy when we got her home... must have thought we were going to force her into the carrier... but surprisingly, she sat down with me, and let her look at her mouth. After a few seconds she'd flinch or try to wiggle away. I'd stop, pet her, and let her resituate herself on my bed. I managed to get a little bit of the listerine q-tip in her mouth... she'd flinch, not sure if it was from pain, lick her lips, and resituate herself. I went after her mouth several times. She could have easily run out of the room at any minute, but instead, she'd sit up, walk back, lie down in the blankets, sit up again...<br><br><br><br>
We have her carrier set up in a corner with her blanket in it. There's not much more we can do about that though, can we?
 

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there is a product to clean cat teeth called Dental Clens... i get it at Foster's and Smith online. there is also a product you can add to her water to help with the buildup.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/NavResults.cfm?N=2002+22759" target="_blank">http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?N=2002+22759</a>
 

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Awwww, I feel bad for your kitty. Teeth problems are no fun. When I first got my cat a carrier (he was going to be flying on a plane with me when I moved from MI to FL) I put the carrier with a blanket in my room. I left the cage door open and he would go sniff it out. Eventually he would start laying in it and it became a bed to him. Not he has no problems going into it and everytime I bring it in the house he has fun playing and laying in it. Keep the cage around with the door open and allow your cat to see that it isn't an enemy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bow:">
 

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If I look around, I wonder if I can find a product similar here. But buying a kitty toothbrush and paste isn't going to have the same effect, is it?<br><br><br><br>
The thing is, my cat is scared to death of the thing. The first time we brought it out, she ran and hid. Everytime she came into the family room, she'd stare at it and make sure she didn't come near it. Then we forced her into it twice to get it to the vet and to get her home again. I haven't seen her in the family room since.
 

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Maybe you could try putting the qtip in tuna juice or something else tasty and getting her used to having it in her mouth, and then doing the listerine. Also be sure to give her a treat or lots of petting afterwards.<br><br><br><br>
I haven't started brushing my kitten's teeth, but I want to start soon. If you are up to the challenge, you might want to consder it. I found some good hints online on how to get them used to it.The trick is to start with just getting them used to your finger in their mouth, then moving up to a finger with cheesecloth and so on.<br><br><a href="http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=56" target="_blank">See this page</a><br><br><br><br>
I really hope your mom starts taking the cat to the vet on an annual or semiannual basis now. 7 is senior years and a prime time for kidney problems to start showing.<br><br><br><br>
As for the carrier, a day or two before a trip to the vet, I keep the carrier out and spray it with Feliway (an expensive hormone spray that is worth every penny). Then when it's time to go, I try to act as casual as possible about it, and even in the car, I try to ignore them or act casual about it so they don't get the cue that something big is happening. I notice they act up a lot more when I keep saying things like, "Don't worry kitty!"<br><br><br><br>
In your case I think you'll need to keep the carrier out all the time. Maybe wash it? It could have a bad smell on it.
 

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Leaving the carrier out all the time so she gets used to it can help. Also, some cats who are terrified of carriers do better just in a harness and leash. Our old cat did much better at the vet once my mom stopped putting in a carrier and just harness trained her instead. It seems the box was the most traumatic part for her. She sat quietly in the front seat of the car, and even remained pretty calm in the waiting room when dogs came in.
 
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