Why does my cat require dental surgery?

Tomorrow, one of the WhyDoesMyCat.com mascots must undergo surgery. His name is Peanut, and he is the brown (seal point) Siamese that you see in many of the pictures and videos on this website.

Here’s a few reason why Peanut must undergo dental surgery:
1) His breath really really stinks. He often jumps up on our lap and yells in our face to get our attention. This cute behavior has become unbearable due to the awful smell coming from his mouth! Read more about why cats have bad breath!
2) After inspection by our favorite veterinarian, we found out that Peanut has gingivitis, and that some of the teeth will require extraction. This will reduce the bacteria in his mouth, and probably reduce some pain that he is probably experiencing. We don’t brush Peanuts teeth, so some of this issue probably could have been avoided if we were willing/able to keep up with a teeth brushing routine.
3) While Peanut is asleep during his surgery, the clinic will xray his teeth to look for additional cavities that cannot be seen while orally examining his mouth. Any teeth with cavities can then be removed to avoid a similar problem in the near future.

Peanut’s dental surgery will be performed by a top of the line clinic in Mississauga Ontario. He will undergo pre-operation blood work to ensure that he is healthy enough to undergo the surgery. He will also be placed on an IV during the procedure so they can easily administer medication in the event of a complication.

Please keep Peanut in your thoughts tomorrow as he undergoes this procedure!


Peanut is doing fantastic!  He was very sleepy for about a day after the surgery, but he is back to his old self now!  He has 2 days left of pain medication (4 in total).  He has 6 days left of antibiotics, in order to fight infections.  He is also on soft food for 3 – 7 days.  He doesn’t like the soft food very much (we’ve tried 2 different types).   He does end up eating it after he is hungry enough though.  We have also softened his crunchy food by putting it in the microwave in some water.  He seems to prefer this solution, but its very important to make sure the food completely cools down before serving it to Kitty!

Thanks everyone for your encouraging and supportive comments!  Peanut appreciates your concern 🙂

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