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My sister, loves animals, last fall while driving she picked up a stray kitten, from the road side, it was a very sick kitten to begin with, upon taking it to the Vet, near by, it was diagnosed with upper respiratory infection, which had damaged its one eye, it has pressure on his eye, and a thin white covereing over the eye, and may have to have it surgicaly removed, he has been neutured, and declawed, once of age.  From the beginning this kitten has had bad breath, and has been on several antibiotic's, Now the Vet, thinks the kitten may have a condition, where they may have to remove several teeth, and shave the bone, below the gum line. Done at Ohio State, with a cost of $2,500.00, Do you think that this is humane thing to do to this poor kitten, he also has to have special food and drink distilled water, because of bad kidneys. Any help would be appreciated.
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874521 tn?1424120397
hi and welcome to the cat forum. how kind of you to worry over your sisters kitty....sounds like this little one was badly in need of some love and medical attention.
the bad breath can certainly be caused by a condition of the teeth called FORL(feline oral resorptive lesions) this is a very painful condition... as tartar builds up it enlarges the pocket between the tooth and the gum. this enlarged pocket traps debris and sets the stage for continued bacterial growth.
in an advanced disease surgery and extractions may be needed. cats with this can face the risk that harmful bacteria entering the bloodstream through blood vessels around the base of the tooth. these bacteria travel through the body and tend to do the most damage to the heart valve and kidneys...I'm assuming this is why she now has bad kidneys.
A cat can do well even after several extractions, my one kitty had 3 out...but even with more they can eat well on soft can food. and daily brushing to keep the teeth clean so the tartar doesn't build up again.
Adding extra Taurine (an amino acid from NOW FOODS) to the food helps with the kidney problem too.
I hope this has been of some help, best of luck to kitty♥
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Judie,

In this case, the cat is very young and can overcome many, many obstacles. If your sister CAN pay for the extractions then I'd say Please, by all means, do it. Reading your post made me think 'Oh yes...this kitty so needed love and care its not even funny' Anything you guys can do to help this poor fella please do it. Like Opus stated above, teeth problems are very painful and can cause other health issues.

She can also call around and see which vet offers better options, including payment form and less expensive services :-)

Good Luck and keep us posted!
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OH Poor  baby- he's had it rough from the beginning.  

I've had to have all 3 of my kitties teeth cleaned.  Taz and Oliver both had it done 5 years ago and had several teeth pulled.  Taz had to have it done again last year and had 5 teeth pulled- he's had bad teeth from the beginning- poor guy.  The day he got home he was a different kitty- he didn't even wait a day or two.  He wasn't in horrible pain anymore. He played, was lovey- it was amazing transformation.

2 weeks ago I had Oliver's and my 3rd cat Lucy's teeth cleaned.  Oliver had 6 teeth pulled and 2 more taken off at the gum line with the roots left in.  Lucy was OK and only had one pulled because it was cracked.  This time it cost me $1500.  I can't tell a big difference this time, but they may feel better.  

If you can afford it, it is the humane thing to do.  If the vet that originally suggested to have it done was at the vet school, I would take him to someone else in town to see what they have to say.  I have found that the school here tends to do more than is necessary or that they do more than a non-teaching vet would do.  I took Oliver to his normal vet and they quoted $450 and then the vet school quoted $500.  The vet school does x-rays and the regular vet doesn't so I can't decide if the school did a more thorough job.  

Do watch out for possible changes in the cost and specifically ask them what the $2500 covers.  I don't want you to be in for a shock or not be prepared ahead of time.  I went with the vet school and his cost doubled because of more teeth and work to be done. They did call me and got permission to do the extra work. As if I can say "no, don't do it" when he is already under so I borrowed money and did it.

I don't have children so they are my fur-children and worth it.
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