This handsome man is Archimedes, an 8-year-old kitty. His parents noticed he wasn't eating as much, and just seemed to be acting different. They brought him in to the vet where they found out that he had gum disease and needed a lot of teeth pulled to help him feel better.
According to PetMD: Cat periodontal disease, or gum disease in cats, is an inflammation of some or all of a tooth’s deep supporting structures. It is one of the most common diseases in cats today.
VetStreet explains that the following signs and symptoms of gum disease in cats can be:
Gum disease in cats (and pets in general) is a serious health issue. The bacteria associated with the disease can travel in the bloodstream to other parts of the body (such as the heart, kidneys and liver) and cause damage there. If your cat shows any of these symptoms, please take them to the vet for a check up.
At the time, his mom was pregnant--actually, she completed the application while in labor--and his dad is the only income for the family of (almost) four. Once Fur Kids Foundation received the application, we knew we had to help this growing family.
After Archimedes’ family welcomed their new member, they brought him to the vet where he had 19 abscessed teeth pulled! We're sure Archimedes will start feeling better in no time.
Just so you know, dental disease in cats (and dogs) can be prevented the same way it can be prevented in humans: by brushing your pet’s teeth. Talk to your veterinarian about how to help your pet avoid gum disease at your next check up.
About Fur Kids Foundation
Fur Kids Foundation is 100% run by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the Foundation raise money with events, take applications, and spread the word about the good work the Foundation does in Campbell County, Wyoming. If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help local families with animals afford emergency veterinary care, please consider making a tax-deductible donation via PayPal or signing up to become a volunteer. You can see a list of those who support us on our Supporters page. Check out more Success Stories.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
Your donation saves lives. It goes to work helping animals in Campbell County receive adequate veterinary care during a time when their family may not be able to afford it. Please contact the Foundation to learn more or donate now using PayPal.
The Fur Kids Foundation blog is written by board member and Founder Felicia. If you have ideas that you would like to see published in the blog such as concerns about pet-focused topics in the community or a funny story, please contact the Foundation. Enjoy!