Rascal is a 12-year-old Norwegian Forest Cat who suddenly fell ill. Rascal was acting sluggish, he wasn’t eating, and his family could tell he was feeling crummy. When they took him to the vet, they learned that he had a bad tooth, was dehydrated, and was having kidney issues.
Kitties with teeth that are in bad shape can also experience other health problems including heart and kidney disease, and it can be quite painful for them as well. And, because cats are masters at hiding their pain, you probably won’t know your cat’s mouth is hurting until the oral disease is very severe. Signs your cat’s teeth may need to be examined by a vet include:
• Bad breath
• Eating funny, like eating on one side of their mouth or food dropping out of their mouth or not eating at all
• Excessive drooling
• Reluctance to be touched on or around the mouth
If your cat is experiencing any of these symptoms, try to examine her teeth by lifting her lip up (if she’s not in too much pain, she may just let you do this). If there is yellow or brown gunk on her teeth, that’s tartar buildup. If your cat’s gums are red, that’s gingivitis (inflammation of the gum tissue). Severe oral disease can result in bleeding gums, broken teeth or teeth that move, a broken jaw, and a host of other painful problems. If you see the latter, it’s best that you call your vet and schedule an appointment for their teeth to be looked at.
This was a very hard time for Rascal’s family, they have other bills that they've been trying to take care of, had the expense of back-to-school supplies and clothing, and then Rascal fell ill, so they asked for Fur Kids Foundation to help.
"Rascal is a very important family member, he is kind of our therapy cat. He has helped every single one of our family members, in one way or another. Whether it's a gentle paw on the cheek when you're upset, or his persistence of attention, he just knows when he's needed. He has given our family so much, I would love to give him the same," Rascals mom said in her application.
Rascal had to spend three days at the vet clinic getting fluids and medication because of a nasty kidney infection. But, we’re happy to report that Rascal has made a full recovery and is back home with his family who adores him.
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