My cat is 15 years old. About a week ago I noticed some dark-ish stuff at his left bottom fang. It looks like as if he had dirty saliva but it can't be so because there's no other dark spots in or around his mouth, so it's not a prob with saliva. The hair around his mouth is white, that's why I noticed and that's why I can tell it's only around one tooth. It doesn't look bad, just a very little spot, and it doesn't seem to cause him any problems. I was wondering, what can it be? A problem with one of his teeth? What can be done when an old cat starts having problems with its teeth? Even if I take him to a vet, what a vet can do? I've never heard of dental surgeries or anything like that in cats. Emotion: tongue tied
Is he an orange cat? Most orange kitties get that darkish weird coloring stuff on their gums, lips and even their noses, it looks like freckles. Does he look like he's having any trouble eating? Oh yes, vets do dental cleanings and surgeries all the time! I've seen friends with cats that had to have bad teeth pulled as it was affecting their appetite and causing infection, all kinds of things. Just like people.
I know of dental cleanings but never heard of dental surgeries! Whow. No, he's not an orange cat, he's black and white and the hair around his mouth is white. Fortunately I've not seen him have problems eating. But if a cat's teeth are pulled, even one of them, won't it affect his eating abilities? I hope I won't have to have it done.
to a degree yes but I know people with cats that had to have ALL their teeth pulled. They just eat a soft, canned food diet which is what cats should be eating anyway, other than raw food (which would be difficult if they didn't have any teeth). but you don't even know if there's a problem with one tooth. One tooth pulled won't affect much if that had to happen.
This is a bit off topic but I hope it's still ok to ask here... have you ever wondered why we humans get tooth decay quite often and easily while in cats and dogs it's not a huge problem even if they don't have dental care regularly?
Cats have a higher ph level and acid in their GI tract in order to break down raw food which is the natural diet for an obligate carnivore. Their digestive system is short and acidic for this reason so it most likely breaks down plaque in it's goals to break down enzymes. Obviously not enough so they NEVER have bacterial issues, but it does take longer.
Today that darkish saliva stuff is gone. I don't know what to show to a vet now. We have an appointment tomorrow.
The vet didn't find anything! That's good news but it's just weird.
that is weird but HURRAY! it's gone! did you try googling it?