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Tigger Goes To The Dentist January 17, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Health & Wellness.

Lion-RaaarYesterday, Tigger went to the vet for a much needed dental cleaning and probable tooth extraction.

We couldn’t feed him due to the pending surgery.

He is used to eating breakfast as soon as he gets up.

By 7 am, he was HOWLING HUNGRY.

Once he got to the vet’s office, he got very, very quiet . . . in a “if I don’t make any noise, maybe they won’t notice me” sort of way.

Since Tigger is diabetic, the vet needed blood work done before the surgery to make sure that Tigger would survive the anesthesia.

“If his blood work looks good, we’ll do the surgery and you can pick him up at 3 pm.”

Holding our collective breath, we were sent home to wait by the phone.

For the next 7 hours, watching the clock occupied my attention.  Abandoning all attempts to be Zen, I filled the dragging minutes with unfounded fears, tears, and dreaded “what ifs?”

Woodstock-&-Snoopy3At 3, we called.  All of Tigger’s blood work had looked great except for glucose (still high).  The vet had extracted four teeth and cleaned the remainder.

We paid the bill with a happy exhale and returned home with our little guy.

“Just keep him on wet food for a few days and bring him back in 2 weeks for a re-check of the gums.”

If you had stopped by yesterday afternoon, you would never have guessed that Tigger had been in for dental surgery that morning (except for the shaved area on his right foreleg from the IV).

Lion-Side-ProfileI guess Tigger didn’t get the memo that he was supposed to be groggy.

He came home, ate his l-o-n-g overdue breakfast, drank some water, and then, instead of curling up for a cat nap, headed to the door for a walk.

He marched out the door on his leash . . . with a happy tail flying high.

I love a tail with a happy ending.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Valleygrail - January 17, 2015

So glad to hear Tigger handled everything so well! I love cats, and happy endings!

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

Thanks, VG. Tigger’s vet is wonderful (although Tigger might use a different adjective). Tigger’s bouncing around here this morning, happy to once again be king of the castle with a “feed on demand” policy in place.

2. Kate Crimmins - January 17, 2015

Aww! Can’t believe he wanted to go for a walk! That is some cat!

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

He’s an amazing little guy, Kate. We take him to vet visits on a leash and bring the carrier “just in case.” Usually, after a vet visit, Tigger wants nothing to do with the leash for several days. So he surprised us by wanting to go outside.

He does love his outings. The other day, while outside on his leash, he went nose to nose with Sophie, a large golden lab, passing by on the street. He’s curious and no scaredy cat.

3. Grannymar - January 17, 2015

Well done Tigger. Does he always have a leash for walks outside? My late MIL Clara( who I never met) had a cat who would stand at the front door every morning when she donned her coat and hat. The cat walked alongside until she saw the row of shops. She stopped at the first shop that Clara frequented and waited at the door until the purchases were made. then it was off down the street to the next shop required to complete the needs of the day. When Clara emerged, the cat turned for home and led the way up the hill to the fireside and a nap!

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

Yes. Tigger always puts BFF on a leash before heading out for a walk.

Clara’s cat sounds wonderful ~ we had a neighbor on Deal Island whose cat trailed behind him around the neighborhood but it was a very quiet street. No traffic, shops, pedestrians, etc.

Grannymar - January 17, 2015

Clara lived in a small mining village in the north east of England and the shops were all along one street. Traffic would have been much lighter then. When Jack bought his first car, it would have been before he went to war in 1940, there were three cars in total in the village. The doctor, the solicitor and Jack owned them. A different world!

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

That makes sense. Although lots of cats manage fine around cars, Tigger prefers peace and quiet.

He hates the FED EX truck with a passion. Oh the noise!

4. NancyTex - January 17, 2015

Tigger walks on a leash??? This I have to see! Pictures please! 🙂

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

I couldn’t find any photos . . . I’ll have to take some. This will give you an idea:

Or you can read about it here:


nrhatch - January 17, 2015

Timing is everything. Tigger just went out for a “walk” . . . here he is:

NancyTex - January 17, 2015

Oh-Em-Gee!!! I love it!

NancyTex - January 17, 2015

Oh-Em-Gee!!! I love it! 🙂

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

Just before Christmas, we had a neighbor over for Happy Hour. She has two cats and wanted to see Tigger go for a walk on a leash. And he took us for a REAL Walk.

Down the sidewalk, down the driveway, and into the street to wander around. Sharon and I sipped our adult beverages, while Tigger strutted his stuff.

5. Barb - January 17, 2015

I hate brushing my cat’s teeth. (or trying to). Glad Tigger is doing well.

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

I wouldn’t put my fingers in Tigger’s mouth unless I felt they had become extraneous appendages. Even with 4 fewer teeth, I don’t trust Tigger not to *CHOMP* down.

But if you train your pet early, it’s probably a great for them.

6. Jill Weatherholt - January 17, 2015

I’m so happy to hear Tigger is feeling like his old self. After having four teeth extracted, I don’t think I’d be ready for a walk. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cat on a leash. 🙂 Pictures please!

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

Thanks, Jill! Here ya go:

As you can see, “going for a walk” with a cat does not always mean that aerobic exercise is in the offing. After Tigger walks out the door and down the sidewalk, he decides whether to keep going (visiting the neighbors) or just sit down and soak up some sun. It’s his call.

Jill Weatherholt - January 17, 2015

Ha ha! Thanks for sharing, Nancy!

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

Always my pleasure to share pics of our little Tigger guy.

7. thecontentedcrafter - January 17, 2015

it was just as much fun reading the comments as the actual post Nancy. Tigger did very well. Not only surviving the vet visit with aplomb, but also resuming normal life immediately after. .

I was determined to train Orlando to a walking halter when he was a kitten. Orlando had quite another view on the matter and I gave up pretty quickly. He does accompany Siddy and me if we go for a walk in the quiet of the late evening and only go around the block but that is the extent of his participation in leash walking!

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

I love that Orlando goes for an evening stroll with you and Siddy. You must make quite the trio.

We trained Tigger’s predecessors ~ Jazz and Cayenne ~ to go out on a leash when they were mere kittens because we lived on a busy road. At first, they fought the leash with a passion. Then they decided that the rewards of being outside outweighed the indignity of being tethered.

Tigger was much the same ~ indignant at first, he softened his stance when he realized it was the only way he would get to stick his paws and nose into things outside.

Kittens are hard enough to train . . . I’d hate to try to train a cat.

8. reocochran - January 17, 2015

Tigger seems to have quite a lot of strength and he is lucky to have your family as his owner! I am smiling at the way he was roaring while hungry and then, how he broke all the rules while recuperating nicely! I was with you, felt how you must have as you held your breath, hoping the surgery would go well.
Whew! Happy endings make me so happy!

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

Thanks, Robin. Tigger is a tough little guy and quite “zen” about most things tossed his way. He was so excited to be home yesterday afternoon, running around checking that things were as they had been. And he is delighted to have food appear on demand once again.

9. beeblu - January 17, 2015

The spirit of a lion. Four teeth – ouch!

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

ROAR! Lucky for Tigger, the roots of cat teeth are rather needle-like. So no gaping holes to heal.

10. Barb - January 17, 2015

Glad to hear Tigger survived to live another day, but quite traumatic for you. I understand completely, but after all he has been through in the past, he is obviously a tough little guy; our pets are more resilient than we give them credit for.
I love that you walk him on a leash and let him decide where to go, and that movie clip was hilarious!

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

Thanks, Barb. I love that video clip of the cat walking its owner! Tigger is a tough little guy. He’s having a great day today . . . now that the world is orbiting around him once again.

Barb - January 17, 2015

Typical cat….gotta love ’em!

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

Pets + People = Perfect Together!

11. 2e0mca - January 17, 2015

Pleased that Tigger has come through this OK – I understand that the local birds are doing a collection for the vet 😉

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

Bwahaha! Maybe they’re thinking that he’s a safer bet now that he’s missing a few teeth.

Most of the birds around here are BIGGER than TIGGER. They don’t see him as much of a threat, especially since we’re always at the other end of his leash.

12. Anne Lene - January 17, 2015

Tigger seems like a true Tigger 🙂 Strong, determined, bossy, demanding… like a Tigger should be 😉 I’m glad he rallied so quick after his dentist appointment!

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

Thanks, Anne. Tigger is tiggerific ~ bossy, demanding, and able to bounce around even in the midst of adversity!

13. Val Boyko - January 17, 2015

Yeah for Tigger … and for Nancy breathing a sigh of relief. They have an amazing ability to bounce right back and live each moment at it shows up.
Love the leash!!

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

Today, all is Zen again. But yesterday I created “unnecessary suffering” by allowing my thoughts “free rein” to conjure up worst case scenarios.

A good reminder to be patient and allow life to unfold.

14. brickhousechick - January 17, 2015

Atta boy, Tigger!! I hate the dentist too, buddy and i get cranky if i can’t have my breakfast!! 🐯🐯

nrhatch - January 17, 2015

Cranky is exactly the word for him yesterday. Poor wee guy. He had no idea why his howling pleas were falling on deaf ears.

He’s much happier today bossing us around and getting food on demand.

15. Patricia - January 17, 2015

Glad all is well with Tigger and his people.

nrhatch - January 18, 2015

Thanks, Patricia. Friday was hard. Today is good.

16. sufilight - January 18, 2015

I don’t blame Tigger for keeping very, very quiet. I am due for dental work. Glad he is well!

nrhatch - January 18, 2015

Good luck, Maria. Going to the dentist is rarely a walk in the park (although sometimes I use creative visualization to move my mind from “sitting at the dentist” to “sitting on the beach.”)

17. Silver in the Barn - January 18, 2015

My vet asks that Max arrives very early in the morning for his annual teeth cleaning which relieves me of the guilt of not feeding him. It’s so hard when you can’t explain “why” to them especially since he’s used to me jumping at his every demand. Not that he’s spoiled or anything. Glad Tigger is doing so well, and you too!

nrhatch - January 18, 2015

Thanks, Barbara. Annual teeth cleaning makes so much sense.

We got to the Vet at 8 am – 2 hours AFTER Tigger’s usual breakfast time. A L~O~N~G two hours. The inability to explain “why” makes it hard with pets, small children, and adults with cognitive difficulties (like Alzheimer’s).

Now that we’ve returned to the previous “feed on demand” policy, he’s forgiven us. (I think.) 😛

18. suzicate - January 18, 2015

Glad Tigger did well. I s he all smiles now?

nrhatch - January 18, 2015

Thanks, Suzi. Tigger’s back to his bouncy, happy self.

19. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - January 18, 2015

Oh, I am so happy to hear Tigger is doing well! I was anxious on your behalf until the big sigh of relief at the end!

nrhatch - January 18, 2015

Thanks, Kate. Lucky for us, Tigger’s tale ended with a happy tail. (Although the little guy seems pretty knocked out today ~ he’s watching football with BFF).

Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - January 19, 2015

delayed reaction, LOL!

nrhatch - January 19, 2015

You’re not the only one, Kate. The Sea Hawks had a delayed start too!

20. jannatwrites - January 18, 2015

Whew! Glad it all ended up okay. I am so familiar with the worrying while waiting. This was a happy tail, indeed 🙂

nrhatch - January 18, 2015

I am more relaxed waiting for news about adults than pets (or tiny tots) ~ probably because it’s the generalized worry and concern compounded by their confusion and lack of comprehension.

Once we had Tigger back home, we ALL breathed big smiles.

21. Yolanda M. - January 18, 2015

Tigger is a champion isn’t he? I know I would have needed a cat nap after extracting so many teeth! Love the photo of him on his leash 🙂

nrhatch - January 18, 2015

Me too! Either a nap . . . or an adult beverage. He loves going out to explore and doesn’t mind the leash in the least.

22. L. Marie - January 19, 2015

A very happy ending. So glad that Tigger is on the mend. 🙂

nrhatch - January 20, 2015

Thanks, Linda. He seems to be doing great. I don’t think he’s missing the missing teeth at all.

L. Marie - January 20, 2015

Reminds me of when I had to have braces as a kid. I had to have four teeth removed. I don’t miss ’em either.

nrhatch - January 20, 2015

Same here, Linda. I had a few too many teeth, even for my BIG mouth. :mrgreen:

23. anotherday2paradise - January 19, 2015

You can’t keep a good cat down. 🙂 Tigger is a real trooper. I’m so glad all went well.

nrhatch - January 20, 2015

Me too, Sylvia. We worried about the anesthesia and whether he would make it . . . but he bounced back in turbo time!

24. Three Well Beings - January 20, 2015

Anyone with a beloved pet feels the anxiety in the waiting for that phone call! I’m so glad Tigger is well, minus a few teeth! He’s a star!

nrhatch - January 20, 2015

Thanks, Debra. He’s our Little Big Man! And I don’t think he’s missing his missing teeth.

25. livelytwist - January 20, 2015

Get well soon, Tigger. 🙂

nrhatch - January 20, 2015

Thanks, Timi. He’s having a lazy relaxed week after all the excitement on Friday.

26. Behind the Story - January 20, 2015

Good for Tigger! You can’t ask a cat how he’s feeling, but it looks like Tigger made it clear that he was feeling just fine.

nrhatch - January 20, 2015

Thanks, Nicki. Exactly right. When Tigger asked to go for a walk instead of retiring for a nap, we breathed a big smile of relief.

27. Tiny - January 20, 2015

Oh, I remember Bumble’s first dental cleaning/surgery (there have been many since, he’s going on 15)…I was on pins and needles the whole day. I’m happy Tigger didn’t get the memo, recovered so fast and is back to his old tricks!

nrhatch - January 20, 2015

Thanks, Tiny. It’s such a relief when our furry friends come out of the anesthesia, especially if they’re waving a Happy Tail.

28. pix & kardz - January 22, 2015

so glad to hear Tigger bounced back to his normal self. gotta love a happy ending! Timmy sends purrs.

nrhatch - January 23, 2015

Thanks, Kris! The little guy is happily eating his breakfast and is delighted to be on “full rations” again.

29. nrhatch - January 30, 2015

Just got back from Tigger’s two week re-check at the vet’s . . . his teeth and gums look AWESOME!!!

Yay! We are doing a happy dance. And Tigger is tucking into his 2nd breakfast. All that stress made him HONGRY!

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