by Elisa Black-Taylor
On the bathroom counter
Cocoa in the carrier
I have a question about my cat's teeth. Or should I say lack of teeth.
"Tooth" is a beautiful Snowshoe mix I rescued on Friday from the GCAC in Greenville, SC. He was given this name because he only has one tooth. The shelter employees know nothing about what happened to his teeth as he was turned in as a stray.
I hadn't planned on rescuing Tooth. I'm getting a cat named Elisa on Wednesday. I really think the rescue worker's saw me coming on this cat and named her after me. After all, I can't allow a cat named after me to be euthanized.
Elisa will be going for spaying and tooth removal on Monday. She was hit by a car and for awhile it was thought her jaw was broken. Turns out she only needs an extraction. A chip-in was raised to cover the cost and the cat ladies raising the funds for Elisa's surgery asked me if I'd also rescue Tooth.
It was fortunate I was working only twelve miles from the shelter on Friday. I didn't want to leave him there until Wednesday as the longer the shelter confinement the more likely a cat is to get a URI. So I battled Greenville rush hour traffic to rescue him.
I must confess I was expecting an emaciated cat. Was I ever surprised! The article photo shows my new baby in the cat carrier I use for most of my rescues. The first thing I noticed as I left the building with him was it was VERY hard for me to carry him due to the weight.
Tooth relaxed in the carrier for the entire trip home. We meowed back and forth at each other as he was on the seat beside me. I believe he enjoyed the ride.
I had an equally hard time carrying the cage up the steps and into my home. As soon as I opened the cage door I saw what my "problem" was. This chocolate Snowshoe mix cat is as large as a bobcat! I'm not kidding readers. He's at LEAST twenty pounds!
I decided to change his name to Cocoa. Tooth isn't a very pretty name for such a beautiful cat. Since he's a chocolate cat, Cocoa is perfect.
Laura brushed him Friday night and again on Saturday morning. I did my cat sniffing thing and my cat telepathy thing and he told me his people turned him in for shedding too much and also because a toothless cat is an ugly cat.
Readers, what do you think happened with his teeth? I read cats can lose teeth due to gum disease if the teeth aren't cared for. He's around four years old. Although I don't know how that was determined since I thought teeth help in determining a cats age. And how could his teeth be in such bad shape and him appear so large and healthy.
Cocoa laid on my bed for about an hour last night. I hope I can find him a good family. He's a very loving boy. I do have a chip-in at this link and hope to get some donations for canned food. I'll also try him on moistened dry food to see which he likes better. I eat fairly well without my false teeth and he may have tough gums if the teeth have been gone awhile. I want him to have what he likes best as I plan to spoil him during his recovery period.
I'm at work today and Cocoa is spending the afternoon camped out in my closet. I'm flattered he and Samantha have chosen my bathroom as their shelter recovery area. My daughter Laura usually has the pleasure.
I'd appreciate any theories on the tooth loss as well as any advice you can give me. I've never had a toothless cat before. Now I'm dealing with Cocoa and next week will deal with a post tooth removal cat that I want to put through as little trauma as possible.
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