This is Mocha, a 16 year-old Siamese/Himalayan mix kitty. His eye started to swell, his nose was oozing. Mocha has had allergies his whole life, but this was different. His mom knew something was wrong, and at 16 years old, she was worried for the worst; so she took Mocha to the vet.
At the vet, she found out that Mocha has some bad teeth that have are infected and are causing a lot of discomfort, and the symptoms he was showing. If your cat’s teeth are in bad shape, it can contribute to other health problems such as heart and kidney disease. And since cats are so good at hiding their pain, you probably won’t even know when your cat’s mouth is hurting until the disease is severe. There are some signs of dental disease in cats, including:
· Bad breath
· If your cat chews on one side of their mouth, or drops food when she’s eating
· Loss of interest in food
· Refusal to be pet on the side of their mouth
If you see your cat show any of those signs, another thing you can do is lift her lip up. If you see some yellow-brown gunk on her teeth, that’s tartar buildup. If your cat’s gums are red, that’s gingivitis, or inflammation of the gum tissue. Neither is good for your cat, and mean that you should schedule a visit with your veterinarian for a dental checkup.
Mocha’s mom is disabled and receives supplemental security income from Social Security. She budgets and saves for regular visits, but with the limited income, she was unable to cover the cost of this visit. So, she applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help.
Mocha was given some medicine to help with the infection, and his mom is now saving enough to cover her portion of what Fur Kids Foundation can’t cover to have his bad teeth removed so Mocha can be happy and healthy.
Fur Kids Foundation is grateful for the dedication of our volunteers and supporters who have helped local families stay happy and healthy, and together! If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help families in Campbell County, Wyoming with animals, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. The money helps families during a time when they may not be able to afford adequate veterinary care. 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.
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