Has anyone had a cat get teeth extracted? My 9 year old pal is getting surgery next week and I’m super nervous. Would love to hear any stories of recovery/tips!

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I had a cat with severe stomatitis as a result of FIV and we had all of his teeth removed. The first 48 hours were a little tender, but I was feeding him through a tube in his neck due to the extreme inflammation. They recover super quickly and he ate kibble, treats, wet food and chicken breast with no issues whatsoever. Whatsoever. I did switch to slightly smaller kibble to supplement his wet food just to avoid him potentially choking.

Be religious with the painkillers and antibiotics and don't miss any doses. Onsior is a wonderful painkiller that doesn't completely knock the cat out. You may also want to change water daily while they heal because there will be some oozing and potentially a little blood in the water.

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I forgot to mention that the stitches will dissolve on their own, so I just did a mouth check every day to make sure he was healing. I also had to rinse with the syringe so he didn't get any food stuck in pockets in his cheeks. If your cat has not had super severe inflammation and swelling, you may not be told to do this.

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Thank you! Super helpful advice!

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Yes. An older feral cat in my colony needed to have several teeth extracted. When he came back from surgery I held him hostage in my home gym for a few days and then allowed him to roam around the house. He peed everywhere, had several escape attempts., and cried a lot at night. After 2 weeks I let him out but kept a good eye on him to make sure he could survive outside without teeth. It’s been a year and so far he seems to be acclimating very well to living without teeth. Actually, he’s thriving as he is no longer in pain. He’s a good cat. Wished he could have stayed inside where I could have protected him but not every cat is meant to be an indoor cat. Also, he has a girl friend he is very attached to.

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I have two cats who have had extractions. One of the two has no teeth left! But she still eats dry and wet food like there’s no tomorrow.

It seems like a relatively safe procedure, and happens to a lot of kitties. Like others have mentioned make sure their after care is great and bring any issues to the vet. They will likely give you very detailed instructions on medicine, environment, and any follow-up visits.

Your cat will be much happier without the infected teeth hanging around. :)

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Oh and get full blood work before the surgery!

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One of mine had 13 pulled and she is totally fine! Vet says they adapt and prevents worse health issues. Eats treats and kibble with no problem.

And I was traveling so kept her boarded at vet so they could do aftercare…. Totally worth it!

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