Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thinking of Tiny today

You might remember our friend, Roberta. She adopted Tiny from her vet's office in December 2011. Sadly, he is getting surgery today to remove two eroded teeth. He has a type of gingivitis called stomatitis, and despite getting laser treatments and regular tooth brushings, his teeth have deteriorated.

Roberta does not have a blog, but she regularly reads ours, so if anyone can offer advice or information on stomatitis, please leave a comment. Roberta will see it here.

Here is a pic of the little guy. We're purring for you today, Tiny, and hope all goes uneventfully.


Fuzzy Tales said...

Purrs from us! Old Kitty, from Ten Lives and Second Chances, might chime in if she sees this post. One of her cats, Charlie, had all his teeth removed in the summer, same issue. We've heard that by removing all the teeth, it really can make a huge difference, but we have no info or experience to offer. Just those purrs, and paws crossed for Tiny.

Mo and The Purries said...

Sending PURRS that Tiny comes through the dental procedure ok and heals quickly.

We posted about Tiny on the Cat Blogosphere

Everycat said...

Sending large purrs for Tiny we hope his surgery goes well.

It might sound a bit radical, but with intractable stomatitis it can be a long and defeating road to treat it.

Amongst other mouth problems I had stomatitis and eventually I had all of my teeth out. The difference was amazing, I could eat, drink, lick, yawn and even miaow again without pain.

Humans sometimes find the idea of having all of our teeth out very upsetting, but I can tell you it wasn't half as horrid as teeth brushing when you have raw gums!

Once my apes saw what a happy boy I was without my awful teeth, they were won over and so happy to see me put on weight too!

Hope you heal up well soon Tiny.

Luff from Gerry & his happy gums

possumlady said...

I have one cat with stomatitus, Chunky Lisa. She also had to have a few teeth removed. I've looked into the issue and even if you remove all the teeth, about 20% of the time, it will help for a while and then come back. Knowing my luck with kitties, C. Lisa would be in the 20% category. So for now, she is on low dose antibiotics every day and it does make a great deal of difference. I also found this product made from seaweed found in the north Atlantic. You mix the powder with their food and it works internally through the cat's saliva in helping to keep the bad bacteria down that form the painful plaque and gingivitis. Can remember the name now but will look it up and let you know. Best of luck little Tiny!

possumlady said...

I found it! It is called Plaque off for cats made by ProDen. Here is the link at Amazon:

Check with your vet first, of course. I did with mine and he read the ingredients and said to go ahead.

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Mario had stomatitis and has his entire experience documented on his blog. Here's the link :

Hannah and Lucy said...

We have both had to have teeth removed although we still have our front ones.
Hannah has hand all her top teeth removed and all the back ones at the bottom. Lucy has had all her back teeth removed but still has all her front teeth. The vet didn't mention stomatitis so don't know if that is our case but we are rescues from the same house (100+ cats there) and it sounds as though it could be. As soon as we had them out it was an instant recovery and we were eating Mum out of house and home!
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Mariodacat said...

i just saw the post on the Cat Blogosphere to talk to someone who's kitty had stomotitis. That's Mario. He was referred to an animal dentist about 2 years ago and has been doing fine ever since. I understand Tiny is having surgery today, and I'm assuming by a regular vet. Please ask him if he was able to get every tiny bit of tooth from deep within the gums. Please email me and I'll be happy to correspond with you. By the way, he's doing fine without any teeth and we've not had a problem since. Sometimes regular vets leave tiny particles of tooth behind because they don't have the specialized X-ray machines and equipment. If this happens, the problem will return eventually. Our vet said "Mario, unfortunatelly, is one of those kitties who is allergic from his own teeth." Even if a tiny particle is left behind in the gums, eventually the stomatitis will come back. Our regular vets do the best they can, and I don't mean to say that they don't, they just don't have the specialized equipment for teeth or the expertise like an animal Dentist has. My email is - please feel free to email. We're purring for Tiny - he'll be able to eat just fine after maybe 2 weeks of softer food.

Angel and Kirby said...

Sending purrs to Tiny!

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

I've got nothing but purrs..

well that and I wouldn't hesitate to pull the teeth of a cat who had stomatitis in my house..

Random Felines said...

purrs to Tiny....

Tim was diagnosed with stomatitis last fall and ended having most of his teeth pulled (he got to keep his fangs). It was pretty obvious he wasn't feeling well and took about 4 weeks to get him back to normal. The vet said we could treat him heavily with antibiotics and basically "restart" his immune system but with foster that is SO not an option. And I wasn't sure how good that would be for him. So after some research and advice, he got them pulled.

The Lee County Clowder said...

Sending purrrrrss to Tiny. We no nothing about stomatitis, so purrrrrss will have to be it from us.

Hang in there, Tiny.

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

We have never heard of it, but we are sending purrs for Tiny!

Roberta said...

Thank you all so much for your encouraging comments. I appreciated them so very much. My vet said eventually Tiny may have to get all his teeth extracted so I was encouraged to hear cats do fine without them. Thank you all again for your helpful advice.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Hi Rene! What a wonderful kind post for our dear friend Roberta and her precious Tiny. He is the light of her life!
So many wonderful comments make this an encouraging journey for the future...I know how hard it is to have to worry about our beloved furs. There is Hope (litterally) (hee hee...)
Blessings and prayers....Karla

The Island Cats said...

Poor Tiny! We're purring for him.

We know that Mario the Cat suffers from this and had all his teefs removed as a result.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Hopefully everything has gone well. Chey has that and she has had all but five of her teeth removed. The remaining teeth are doing well and she did well with the major major dental she had when she had all those extractions. Good luck.

Kari said...

We don't have a blog but are follow many of the cats in the CatBlogosphere
We've had two cats with stomatitis. An old fellow we adoptedhad it terribly. Our vet removed many of his teeth but more importantly, several root fragments left in his jaw. She felt these were more of the culprits than the teeth themselves. And she was right! Oscar was much more comfortable, white count went down. The other
little girl's case was less obviously related to retained root fragments. Since she had many teeth missing
already, we elected to have all of her teeth removed.
Stomatitis went away. Both treatments were done by a
specialist and, because of the digging for root fragments
which is quite painful, both cats received fentanyl
patches for post op pain relief. In our cases, the doctors felt that the teeth were most certainly the cause. Praying for your beautiful kitty. Do not ignore the need for good post op pain relif.

Mo and The Purries said...

So glad so many people came and left comments today. The bloggers of the Cat Blogging community make me smile.

Karen Jo said...

I don't have any advice, but all of us kitties are purring for Tiny to feel better soon.


The Lee County Clowder said...

Just checking in. We hope Tiny is feeling a little better right by now.

Two kitties on the porch couch

Ringo and Lucy both love to sneak out on the porch anytime they can (with sneak meaning that Jim opens the door for them).