Lyric joined my family nearly two years ago, as an “add-on” Siamese to a kitten I was receiving from a friend. “They are buddies, which is odd for two male cats to be pals—but I can’t bear to break them up--could you take them both?”Of course I said yes—but it would have been easy for someone else to say no—Lyric (according to the calendar) is an “older cat”, and that usually means issues like increased medical bills and the usual host of diseases that come with senior pets.
I couldn’t have been more wrong—Lyric pounced, purred, and played his way right into our hearts, finding his place alongside me at night and snoozing happily during the day in a sunny window. He has the energy of a cat half his age, and attacks his toys like they are getting away from him.
He greets visitors and petsitters with his gentlemanly charm, “Hi! I’m Lyric! I see you’re here to visit—maybe you’d like to pet me too?” and loves to have his tummy rubbed.
Late last year Lyric began slowing down—not playing as much, sleeping more, and just looked like he felt crappy. I figured it was the weather, or maybe he was finally losing the kittenish ways he’d had since he arrived….but I’m so glad I didn’t’ listen to that voice, and instead took him to the vet. They determined that Lyric needed a dental expert, and away we went to the Center for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery in Gaithersburg, MD (http://www.centerforveterinarydentistry.com)
Not only did Lyric need a specialist, he also needed a drastic surgery—he was suffering from tooth resorption, a horrible and very painful disease in which the teeth are literally attacked by the body and resorbed back into the gums. The only treatment protocol is to remove all of the animal’s teeth—an extremely costly procedure with extensive surgical time. Thankfully, Dr. Mark Smith--the specialist who developed this surgery and has years of experience doing these procedures—tended to Lyric, and Lyric had a routine procedure (and was a star patient, naturally!) Think tooth resorption is only a pedigreed-animal issue? Not so—the specialists told me they see as many non-purebreed animals as pedigreed ones, and statistics note that one out of every five cats will have some sort of tooth resorption in their lifetime.
Now Lyric is back to his playful, kitten-like ways—sure, he still loves his naps in the sunbeams, but throw a sparkly puff ball his way and he’ll spring out of his slumber and bat it around the house—or our favorite pastime, fetc