Friday, April 5, 2019

A New Nickname: Fangless

As a follow-up to Wednesday’s post, Ginger is home.  We’re all very happy about that. Well, maybe not Johnny who keeps hissing at her for reasons that are unclear to me.  I suspect it is smell related.

Ginger is now fangless. We are quite curious to see if she remains effective rodent control for our garden and compost pile.  She also had two rotten premolars.  Poor girl.

We think she looks funny without those long canines draped over her lower lip. But she’s eating and purring and cleaning herself — and on doctors orders gets soft food for a whole week — so her convalescence is going well.  She refuses to leave the basement though. She feels safer down there. It was her refuge when she first moved in and remains her sanctuary in times of stress. I slept on the sofa with her last night, since she wouldn’t come up to bed.

Dental funfact:  House cats have 30 adult teeth. Like humans, they also have what are commonly called baby teeth or milk teeth. Turns out, these teeth are technically called deciduous teeth. Isn’t that brilliant?! I was tickled by the terminology and it makes perfect sense to me. Just as deciduous trees shed their leaves, both cats and humans shed their deciduous teeth.

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  1. Aww, so good of you to sleep down there with her! Please tell her she's not the only one who's on a soft food diet these days... I'm glad all went smoothly!

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    1. You two, noshing your soft food simultaneously. :) On Wednesday I am having a full-mouth "deep cleaning" to try and combat some budding periodontal issues I am having. Who knows! Maybe I'll be the third to this soft-food par-tay.

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