Tooth problems in elderly cats

by Eden
(Davis, CA)

My cat is 14 and half years old and she has always had gum/teeth problems. Around age 5 she had four teeth pulled and the remanding teeth are finally decaying. She is too old to be put under anaestetic so what should I do at this point?


When our cats age it is a difficult time and we have to make some decisions to make their senior years more comfortable. I agree with your choice not to risk putting her under anesthesia at this stage in her life.

In the wild, cats don't have someone caring for them and their teeth eventually fall out (those that live long enough) leaving them few options on feeding but our domestic cats can have their menu changed to softer foods.

The main thing at this time is to make sure she isn't in pain, and to change her diet to a more palatable food that is easier to eat. The crunchy type foods that were good for her teeth when she was younger aren't the best choice right now.

Consult your vet if you think she needs help with a stronger pain medication but for the most part, the over the counter meds do a half decent job. I wish you luck with your aging kitty. I have two now that are 14 years and getting a little help with pain meds for arthritis.

Wishing you and your kitty the best. Please see the related articles on this site that are listed below.

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