Update 3/11/11:
Muffin had her surgery 3/11/11. She did very well considering the pain it must have caused. She had several teeth removed and the few remaining cleaned. We have added $103 to her needed total because the total surgery cost was $403. Muffin has since been adopted (after waiting 2 years for a home) and is happily eating soft food :) Please help us repay her bill so that others can get proper and swift treatment like sweet Muffin was able to! You probably hear this a lot, but EVERY DOLLAR HELPS!!

Muffin has been with our rescue for close to 2 years now. She is an EXTREMELY sweet and affectionate girl...why she hasn't been adopted yet we don't know. Recently Muffin needed an updated rabies vaccine. While getting her vaccination it was noticed that her mouth was inflamed and she had horrible breath. It was determined that Muffin has Stomatitis and Gingivitis, which is rare for a cat her age.

Feline stomatitis is a common, painful and life threatening problem in many cats. Cats having stomatitis often have bad breath (halitosis). They also have red and inflammed gums (gingiva). In time the inflammation spreads from areas adjacent to teeth to areas more distant (back of the throat or the oropharynx). In some areas, the gums (gingiva) enlarge and block off areas of the oropharynx. Eating and swallowing become difficult and painful for many of these cats. Many cats with stomatitis also have tooth resorption. The inflamed gingiva may appear to be growing into a tooth or the tooth may appear to have a hole. These are painful teeth.

Gingivitis refers to the inflammation of the gums in cats. Usually this particular disease is a chronic form of inflammation in the oral mucosa (includes the gums and other cells of the mouth). Feline gingivitis is characterized by oral pain, hyper salivation and anorexia in its initial stages, while tooth decay and severe secondary oral cavity infection occurs in chronic cases. More than 85% of cats older than age 4 have some form of gum or periodontal disease.

Muffin has already lost some of her teeth...they fell out on their own. This poor girl is still eating despite the pain she must be in. She was given Clindamycin to treat the inflammation and she is scheduled for dental surgery at Seneca Animal Hospital March 11th. The estimated cost is $300-600 depending on what they have to do and how long it takes. We have the amount needed set at the low end of the estimate along with the cost of her recent vet visit and medication. We will adjust her chip in amount accordingly and update you after her surgery next week. Please help us pay for Muffin's needed dental care so she can be pain free and happy again. Thank you :)