by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
Our kittens are growing like weeds, but they are still kittens. They get into EVERYTHING.
Yesterday, I pulled out my computer tower because I needed to unplug it to try to coax it back to life. (It has issues.) I try to start it up (cue the Stones) every few hours. Because I was going to do that, I left it pulled out from under my desk.
Half an hour later, they had their (second) breakfast. (They get kitty kibble as a snack, then an hour or so later, the REAL breakfast of Friskees.) Soon after Poppy ate her food, she started pawing at her mouth and sounding like she was choking. YIKES! She did this for about ten minutes. She let me look in her mouth, but I couldn't see anything stuck on her teeth.
I called the vet, but got put on hold. While waiting, she stopped the pawing. I got cut off, but decided I was overreaching. Until ... two hours later, she started doing it again. Now I was getting panicky. What if near strangulation had hurt her throat? She seemed to be breathing a lot faster than her sister when snoozing.
The vet was able to squeeze us in and so off we went. They had a lull and we were sent right in and were relieved that it was our favorite vet who saw Poppy. As soon as I told her about the noise Poppy had made, she went, "Aha." And then she showed us that Poppy already had a couple of her adult teeth, and that her gums were a little red and she had a wiggly tooth, but not wiggly enough to come out. (She tried.) Boy, was I relieved.
I'M A NEW MOM. I PANIC, OKAY?
And just as good, the vet didn't charge us for our little emergency. (The woman is a saint and a brilliant kitty surgeon.) She said all Poppy needed was a visit from the tooth fairy.
Okay, I've lived around cats all my life, but we weren't around the babies all that much because we worked 8-5. Now, more than 20 years later, we're around them 24/7 and ... honestly, I never saw a kitten teething before.
So, first Poppy nearly got strangled, then her teeth hurt, then she was stuck in a carrier and driven to the (horrors!) vet. Yes, it really was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for Poppy. But we gave her extra cookies for Happy Hour and she seems to have overcome her ordeal.
Have you had a panicky moment with your pet?