Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Pandora's Litter Box: Feline Dental Hygiene

Note the little "here's where we put the IV" bald spot on his right leg
Spoon got his teeth cleaned today. Because it's impossible to keep one cat segregated from food and water1 in a one-bedroom, two-cat apartment, particularly when one of the cats is Pandora, and expect to get any sleep, I boarded him at the vet the night before. Pandora had a 24-hour, Spoon-free party zone. It felt weird without him, though.

And, of course, I felt a little guilty. He doesn't really have a favorite non-wand toy that I could send with him. I decided I should make a mini-version of the squares blanket with the leftover yarn so he can take it with him when he's not at home. Or something. I'm still so burned out from finishing the big one that it's going to be some time before I can face even a small one.

blanket thief
Pandora sheds on Spoon's blankie while he's gone
I picked him up this evening. As part of the discharge instructions, the assistant told me to keep his activity level low for the next day. "I'm not sure it can get any lower than it already normally is." He was actually pretty excited on the drive back, when normally he'll just lay in the carrier as long as I keep the lid open. He really wanted to get out. He wanted some love, dammit!

For a cat who was supposedly going to have a sore mouth, he sure is talking up a storm, demanding lots of attention. Pandora was less-than-thrilled to have him back. He's a little lethargic right now, even for him, but he seems to be doing fine.

1For those who've never had dental work done on their pets, the animals must be anaesthetized during the procedure to keep them comfortable and pliable.

1 comment:

Fluzz said...

hehehehe, luckily ferrets generally don't suffer dental issues, thank goodness! Plus they only need to be starved for 4 hours anyway :)