La chirurgie dentaire

Louis Catorze’s dental surgery went well. Because the procedure took longer than expected, he missed the Animal Bus back and so we had to collect him from TW3. Whilst there, a little boy in the waiting room pointed to me and said, “Wow! Look at that lady’s cat bag!” (great) and a manic, disobedient puppy called Duke, who dragged his poor human into the practice with unbelievable force, licked my elbow as he passed me (not so great).

During our very long wait, Cat Daddy was bored so he, erm, photographed the Animal Bus.

Le Roi had to have THREE teeth out, all from his lower jaw. There is a fourth one – also from his lower jaw – which will need to come out later but which couldn’t be removed this time, because that many deep extractions in one go would have been too much. He will have a follow-up consultation next week, and X-rays in six months or so to determine the right time to remove that pesky fourth tooth.

Luckily none of these teeth are his trademark vampire fangs. Obviously had he needed them removed we would have done it, but it would have been very upsetting indeed. A vampire cat without fangs is, erm, not really a vampire cat.

Catorze was very disorientated when he returned home, sniffing everything as if it were his first visit here, but this was nowhere near as unnerving as his silence. He didn’t make a sound from the moment we collected him and, at the time of writing this, he is still mute (with the exception of one yowl when I stabbed him in the arm with my nail scissors – see below). As you are very much aware, noise is what he does, so the lack of screaming is deeply, deeply uncomfortable.

We had been told to remove Catorze’s bandage when we arrived home, but he defiantly resisted all attempts to do this. The vet had said it would be easy. It wasn’t. It was just like trying to find the edge on a dodgy roll of cheap cling film, except that the roll of cling film fought back. So I am going to have to either take him in again on Monday to have the bandage removed, or keep trying over the weekend and risk further stabbings to le bras royal.

Catorze will, apparently, “look rather sorry and horrible for a while” (Cat Daddy: “So what’s new?”) but, in actual fact, apart from being a little drooly, and apart from sporting a new stab wound on the arm, he’s doing much better than we expected. All we need is for his voice to return, and he will be fully back to normal*.

*His normal is not like most people’s normal.

Poor spitty Roi.

31 thoughts on “La chirurgie dentaire

  1. Awww! He looks so sad and defeated…..hope he looks more like himself soon! Minouche had all his teeth removed….in one go! Poor little chap, but he recovered amazingly quickly.

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  2. We are glad he is recovering ! His silence bothering you is an good example of getting what you pray for not always being what you thought you wanted.

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  3. Ohh I am so relieved that it all went well 🙂 Poor baby, first the surgery and then he gets stabbed! Give him a big kiss from me! I hope he’ll recover his senses and his voice very quickly ❤

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  4. Having three teeth removed is certainly no fun. I’m sure he will be back to his normal in a few days. Chris had eight teeth removed and since he is addicted to dry food I thought that he would start eating more of his wet food but not so. He still crunches that dry food with no problem.

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  5. Awww pauvre minou! J’envoi bisous et calins doux. Vous etes courageux et je suis heureux de voir que vous retablissez rapidement avec le meilleur Maman De Chat et Papa De Chat.

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  6. Glad the surgery went well! I hope you managed to get the bandage before too long, and that he’s feeling better.

    Apologies in advance for this rambling digression, but… I never knew the French word for surgery, but it turns out it’s basically the same as the Greek word, which I did know. There’s an unexpected amount of overlap between French and Greek (it’s the Latin influence, no doubt, although I strongly suspect “chirurgie” has a Greek origin). Facts no one wanted to know! 🙂

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