Update – vet declares advanced stage periodontitis. Two canines, upper left and bottom right – have to be removed! Poor boy!
Recently I have noticed Mr Bats taking a longer time with this food. He is faster when feeding out of my fingers, and he has exhibited jerky withdrawal movements on occasion when chewing his food. Mr Bats has also been unenthusiastic about being touched around the chin and the edges of his eyes and nose.
So the area around Mr Bats’ right canine appears to be sensitive. However, I don’t want to subject Mr Bats (and myself) to a visit to the vet if I am imagining things – Tiger was once sent to have his teeth cleaned and put under GA, but it was suggested it was not really serious enough to have warranted such treatment.
Although Mr Bats can be quite a handful compared to the other two cats, a check of his gums was in order. Unfamiliar with a cat’s dental condition, I examined the Mr Bats’ other side, as well as the other cats.
Xylo’ left canine
Xylo’ right canine
Mr Bats’ left canine
Mr Bats’ right canine
Tiger’s left canine
Tiger’s right canine
Tiger’s teeth was examined without any incident of course, as he is such a pliable cat!
So, does Mr Bats have calculi, physical injury or a diseased tooth? I can’t tell, so I’ll ask the vet.
You can see some mild chin acne in the photos. A long time ago, Tiger first had an acne flare up. Since then, cats eat off metal bowls instead of plastic and their bowls are washed and changed after each meal – and I scrub these down well and now remember why!
Despite the care, there was another episode of acne amongst the cats, and not just Tiger this time. While considering options, I chanced upon “Richard’s Organics Neem Oil Flea & Tick Remedy” which is 100% neem oil at a pet shop (e.g. online in Singapore for $21.50). This was an interesting option and swabbing cat chins with neem oil has been surprisingly helpful.
Neem is known to be insecticidal through its active ingredient Azadirachtin which inhibits insect moulting and thus growth. Thus reviewers are enthusiastic about the relief neem oil provides arthropod-embattled pets.
So no wonder the oil has also helped with ear mites which flares up every once in awhile. Mr Bats and recently and more unusually, Tiger, have had pretty dirty ears. I suspect daily stress of interaction for the former and the upset internal physiology of the latter (possibly pancreatits) led to it.
While neem oil has been useful, the cat’s don’t like the smell! Still prevention is useful before there’s more trouble. Some one tell that to the cats.