Saturday, May 19, 2018

Dear George,
Here are my teeth! Four big pointy ones at the front for stabbing deep into the vertebrae of a small rodent. Some little ones in the front for nibbling and grooming. And some teeth at the back for slicing up prey. What I haven't got is any teeth for grinding up bone like dogs have.
My question is this. Why does my human insert a brush into my mouth and scrub? It is extremely uncomfortable and I dislike it intensely. She has been doing it for as long as I remember.
Will she stop if I bite her?

Dear Gracie,
This is another example of well meaning but unpleasant human interference. She is trying to scrub the plaque off your teeth, in order to keep the healthy. Not many humans do this because most of us (unless we have been trained from kittenhood) bite!  And when those canine teeth go into human flesh, most humans notice!
What do I recommend? Well since you have't yet bitten her, I think it is too late to bother. The older you are, the more your teeth need attention. So managing to put up with it, will mean the vet doesn't pull them out! 
I have bitten from the beginning and therefore my teeth are never scrubbed. I am beginning to regret it as I had to have one pulled out by the vet last week.


  1. I lived on the streets until I was about 5-6 years old and I have been rescued! However, it was too late to save my teeth so now I'm teeth-less!George is right! Put up with your human brushing your teeth - it is in your best interest!

  2. I lost one canine from living on the streets - it had to be pulled out when I was rescued!
    Now, my human is giving me 2-3x/week few cubes of raw meat and/or 2-3 raw wild sea smelts that I can chow on and clean my teeth. It works but I'm also on a fresh homemade diet :-)
    I know feline's diet a sensitive topic these days!

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