Savannah Super Cat
Hi everyone, hope you and your kitties are well. haven’t written in awhile but was hoping for some advice/input for my 3 year old (almost 4) SV, Dexter. I’m quite anxious because I think he is having some dental or mouth related discomfort. He had his last checkup less than a year ago, and the vet did say he was starting to get some plaque on his teeth and would likely need a cleaning by the following year, which we had always planned on doing. The vet did not feel the dental cleaning was imminently required at that time. So it’s been nearly a year now and we will be going to the vet again for this within the next week or so - just trying to settle on a date that we can leave him at the clinic all day for a dental cleaning. In the meantime though, I am worried because after he is done eating, he is doing this odd “chewing on nothing” sort of motion with his mouth. It seems to be happening mostly on the one side, he does this little Elvis lip sort of thing!!! Today I also noticed that while he was eating, he gagged a little bit and spit out some half chewed food (I’ve seen half chewed food in his bowl/eating area before - it’s seldom and hasn’t been a regular occurence, but noticed it again today). His appetite is the same (he seems to have a healthy appetite and is always right on the ball at mealtimes, meowing at me and waiting to be fed - he is on raw only plus crunchy dental treats once or twice a day). No problems with the litter box, and when I check inside his mouth and gums, they seem to be a normal pink colour with no obvious redness or inflammation. He threw up this week once too, but I think it was because he ate a decent amount of grass and it was the only thing in his stomach at the time. I just don’t know if everything with the weird chewing motions, then the gagging, is related or if I am just being paranoid and looking for things. I’ve been really upset all day about these issues and eagerly waiting to find out when our appointment is with the vet. Just wanted to hear from you guys in the meantime!