The 2-year-old cat is scheduled to have all of her back teeth pulled on Wednesday
Wednesday can’t come soon enough for Sassy.
The 3-year-old cat is scheduled to have all of her back teeth pulled by a veterinarian in Harrisburg, Arkansas, who says in a Facebook post that the cat “is basically allergic to her teeth and the insides of her cheeks look like ground meat.”
According to KAIT News, who first reported the story, Sassy suffers from Feline Lymphocytic Plasmacytic Stomatitis, which causes painful, chronic mouth pain.
“With any little bit of bacteria, her mouth reacts to it and she gets ulcers and then the ulcers get bigger,” Dr. Laws told KAIT. “Every time she closes her mouth she chews on the inside of her cheeks and so they are raw and bleeding.”
Laws told the news station that the cat essentially has an allergy to the tarter built up on her teeth. Laws tried pain medication, antibiotics, and cold laser therapy — hence the glasses the cat is wearing in the photo — to help ease Sassy’s pain, but at this point surgery is the only option.
The cat’s owner can’t afford the $1,000 price tag for the procedure at another animal clinic, so Dr. Laws stepped in to help.
“Dr. Laws bought a dental unit that had the needed equipment to help her here,” the Facebook post reads. “If you feel lead to help Sassy have a mouth that doesn’t cause her constant pain then you can either call us or come by and make a donation towards her care.”
Call the Harrisburg Veterinarian Clinic at 870-578-9455 to make a donation and follow the clinic’s Facebook page for updates.