A Reader’s Forum story by Cortney Rynex
Posted March 3, 2019
In January the SPCA posted an urgent “12-year-old” cat who was found emaciated in a trailer park and had stomatitis. No rescue would take her, even after they did a full mouth extraction (FME) but she started doing better and a few days ago she was cleared for adoption.
Her story was so similar to my cat KiKi, who I lost a couple of months ago due to a brain tumor/possible lymphoma. It felt like fate. I brought her home yesterday. Her name is Dori (formerly Dolores).
Dori is currently in my spare bedroom and she settled in instantly. She has so much energy. They estimated her age to be 12 based on how bad her teeth were but she literally runs around and plays with toys, takes a nap for a few minutes then is running around again. She’s eating well and has an awesome personality.
She was badly matted and was missing a lot of her fluff when she groomed. Dori’s not having any trouble grooming me and herself. I’m going to have my vet check her out sometime this week.
Hopefully, the FME worked. Just wanted to share her with everyone 🙂
Note from Elisa:
I wanted Cortney to share this story because a lot of cat advocates worry needlessly when the time comes for a full mouth extraction, which is often the only treatment to help a cat with stomatitis. I’ve watched the Facebook groups devoted to this topic and noticed most cats improve within a day or two after the teeth are removed. Cats do fine without teeth. Our Sealy is proof. He was toothless when we adopted him February 2012.