15 November, 2022

2015 Dentals for Paddy & Sweetie

A re-post from 14 November, 2015: The Skinny, The Not-So Skinny, and The Missing

Where does the time go?

Here's what happened:

Back in March, when I trapped Paddy (who had an abscess) and Sweetie (because I went for a two-for-one approach), the vet said that Sweetie's teeth were 'bad'.  The vet was unable to examine her further, because she fought like the feral cat she is!  That word 'bad' has been rattling 'round my head all of these months, plus the fact that Sammy had a such a infected mouth that we helped him over the Rainbow Bridge to end his suffering.

So, I put a plan in place.  We set up the drop trap over the feeding station, and fed Sweetie and Patty there until Wednesday night.  That's when I dropped the trap around them both, and we put them in humane traps.

Paddy and Sweetie getting used to the drop trap
Keeping warm in the tent!
Overnight, I put the two trapped cats inside a tent, then covered them with sheets and blankets, to conserve their body heat.

Thursday morning, I drove to All About Animals in Warren, Michigan, so they each could receive a dental cleaning, and Sweetie got a microchip too; Paddy was microchipped when he was neutered in 2011.

I waited by the phone all day Thursday, as I had asked the staff to call me if they found anything in either cat that they felt would deserve a trip to a full veterinarian's office.  About 2:30 pm, the phone rang.  The news: Paddy came through the procedure just fine, but she wanted me to know that they consider him TOO FAT!  Sweetie, however, was a different story, and my heart jumped in my chest.  Sweetie came through everything just fine with no tooth extractions, because she's missing 19 teeth.  Let me say that again...NINETEEN teeth are missing!  They pretty much did root canal work on her, in six areas where the teeth were gone but the root still there.  My poor Sweetie!

Cats have 30 teeth; I looked it up on the internet.  She is missing most of her teeth!

Cat teeth are fragile, the veterinarian said.  They cannot chew on thick or dense material, like dogs chew on a rawhide, because their teeth will crack. Sweetie was living pretty rough until she joined our family, I guess!  Patty is missing seven teeth, which isn't a good record either.  
Sweetie's dental notes
Paddy's dental notes

Thursday night was one of the loneliest of my life.  I had to restrain myself from looking out the windows, because although my brain knew Paddy and Sweetie were being held overnight at All About Animals, my habit of searching for them outside is deeply engrained!

Friday morning, I drove in the dark to pick up my feral friends.  While waiting for the staff to assist, I met Mush, the office cat:

Mush knew a cat-lover, and he was all over me to the delight of the other patient parents who waited with me.  Mush kept staring at a puppy, which made the dog paralyzed with fright!  After a very short time, Paddy and Sweetie were brought out for me to take away.

Now, you'd think I was a nervous wreck from all of this, and you'd be correct!  But not as nervous as I was when I let them out of their cages on the deck.  A fierce wind was blowing...a bit rainy...and the two of them had been trapped, manhandled, poked, prodded, and taken from familiar ground for days! Unsurprising though, Paddy stepped out of his trap and came over to head butt me.  My Paddy!  I almost cried with joy.  Sweetie was very skittish, and would not accept any pets.  I put the traps away in the barn, and put out a half-a-can of food for each.  Patty ate like nothing had happened, but Sweetie seemed a bit uncomfortable and she shied away after a few mouthfuls.  Understandable!

Later on, I put out some home-cooked turkey, made with love by The Hubby, and nutritional yeast sprinkled over the top, and voila!

The moral of the story:
Much less kibble for Paddy and Sweetie!  Only wet food from now on, at least until it gets too cold when wet food freezes.  Paddy needs to lose weight, and both of them should chew on soft foods.  In the back of my mind, I am thinking that Sweetie's coughing/sneezing fits could have been caused by her bad mouth, and the veterinarian agreed with me, although she really didn't know if the fits could be caused by other issues (lungworm, heartworm, etc.)  Will wait and see.  

It's amazing that I've now trapped each of them multiple times using my 'drop trap as feeding station' bit, and yet they still love me!  Guess they can feel my love for them...?

P.S. All About Animals is a fantastic resource for the TNR (trap-neuter-return) community in Metro Detroit, plus they offer low-cost health exams, tests and vaccines for pet dogs and cats.  Without their resources, I would not be able to help my outside cat friends.  Please consider a donation to aid their cause.  Go here for more information: http://www.allaboutanimalsrescue.org/.  In gratitude, I've volunteered multiple times at TNR classes, feral cat building classes, donated items for auction, and even washed walls and floors when they moved to their current location!  I carry their cards in my purse and car, to hand out to anyone who has a pet.

P.S.S. My heart goes out to the people of France.  If we can learn to love our animal friends, we can surely learn to love our fellow humans.  Let us all work toward love and peace, for every single living thing on our planet.  


Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

Paddy and Sweetie are as lucky to have found you as you are to have found them!

Katie Isabella said...

I enjoyed the story It all hapened before I knew you.

Mickey's Musings said...

Any cat that ends up in your yard is a lucky cat!!!
Purrs, Julie

pilch92 said...

I am glad you were able to get them dental care. I want to know how you got them from the drop trap into a regular crate without needing stitches. :)

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

I am glad you were able to get their moths sorted.

Catscue Cat Mom said...

There is nothing harder on a Cat Mom than when her babies are in for surgery and tests! I am so glad everything went well. We sure miss the PO'M and love to hear about his earlier years.

Sandee said...

You're such an amazing kitty mom. Bless you.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

Brian's Home Blog said...

That was quite the adventure for all of you! Brian had 15 of his taken out, mostly the up front ones.

Marvelous Marv said...

You are the best! Thanks for taking such good care of the cats around you! You deserve a medal! Purrs Marv

John Bellen said...

That Paddy! Nonchalance personified, he was. But what a turn of events for Sweetie when you started taking care of her. Wow, her mouth must have been sore. My Neville just went through something similar, so I can empathise. It makes me cringe thinking about what they went through.

Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs said...

Oh, wow, those poor cats, but then you were so kind as to be able to help them feel much better.

And Paddy thanked you, didn't he. Sweetie was just too scared at the upheaval in her routine...I bet she came round pretty soon, though.

Bernadette said...

It's good to know this background on them. And you are the only other person I know who has used that same wooden drop trap!