This article is about cat jaw problems as well as feline dental issues. We recently had severe dental problems with our cat Thomas. In the end he had all but two of his teeth pulled.
How much does it costs to get a cats teeth pulled? The total bill was around $500 and he was on antibiotics for three days before surgery and 10 days after. Our baby boy Thomas who is now seven years old has made a full recovery and seems to have a new lease on life.
We hope that this article will shed some light on not only feline dental problems, but how they can be mistaken for jaw problems. We didn’t realize there was a problem with the boys teeth until he stopped eating his usual amount of food during the day. He has a high metabolism and really enjoys his food. When this behavior changed we knew there was a problem that needed to be checked into.
Arthritis in the Jaw Issues
When Thomas was about a year old he started what is called jaw chattering. This is an involuntary extremely rapid up-and-down movement of the jaw. When we took him to the vet, we had them take an x-ray of his jaw to see if we could find out the root cause of the problem.
Our vet explained that cat jaw problems are not very common, but Thomas had some issues. He asked us if our cat had been in an accident or experienced an extreme fall or something that could have damaged his jaw. The answer was no and Thomas has led an indoor sheltered life since birth.
The x-ray revealed that Thomas had a birth defect in the left side of his jaw and the vet also believed that he had some arthritis in his jaw joints. The vet said that it was something that Thomas could live with and that there was really no treatment for this kind of jaw chattering.
Signs of Feline Dental Problems
Back to the present day, when Thomas started refusing to eat his full meal we knew something was wrong. His jaw was chattering, but it had been doing this since he was a baby. It seemed he was doing it much more often and something had changed.
Another telltale sign that there were feline dental problems developing was that his stinky breath took a turn for the worse. His breath never smelled like roses, but now you could smell his breath from several feet away even when his mouth was closed.
After reading up on the subject from a book we made available in our cat books section we found that dental problems in cats can be quite common. In fact many cats may suffer in silence from chronic pain caused by diseased teeth or inflamed and infected gums.
This problem can come on slow and be hard to notice at first as with our cat. The older the animal the more likely that there can be a major tooth or gum problem. Also older felines have a greater chance that a simple cleaning coupled with medications will not take care of the problem.
Often extraction of the affected teeth will be required. One thing to keep in mind is that this can give many older cats a second lease on life and they most often thrive, even with the removal of all of their teeth. As for Thomas he has made a complete recovery and has regained his full appetite and energy level. Even though he still has his chattering cat jaw problem the frequency is much less.
Not all cats will enjoy getting their teeth brushed, but if you can get them to accept this maintenance process at a young age you might be able to avoid severe cat dental problems and having teeth pulled in the future. Give this feline dental problems page a bookmark or share with a friend having cat health issues.