I now know that Veterinary R&D in this country must be a male run industry, because if there had been a female involved in the decision making of whether or not this was a IMPORTANT medical break through, it would not have been at the top of the list.
My eldest cat, Bud E. Phat (a.k.a. Buddy, Phat-ass, and now Toothless) had been listless and not very cat-like for a while before I decided to take him to the vet. I thought he would need a shot, maybe some kitty-prozac, or a little one-on-one time with the cute vet tech he likes so much. Instead I walked out of the vet's office with a diagnosis of Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions. Which is vet Latin for "this is going to cost you ALOT of money". To the tune of almost a thousand dollars - ALOT. This nice little vet visit was going to require the vet to yank out all of Buddy's teeth. Now before everyone goes all ape-shit-nuts and tells me all sorts of opinions about Bud being a cat & that a thousand dollars is a lot of money to pay for a cat; here's my piece. First, I do not have (or want) children. So my pets are semi-surrogates for any maternal instinct that may be lurking around in my body. Second, when I adopted my pets I made a promise to take care of them to the best of my abilities and to chose the quality of their life if I ever was faced with that decision. No, I didn't sign any piece of paper or place my hand on my heart and make some solemn pledge; it was just a give for me. The vet informed me that Buddy could live a long healthy and happy life without teeth. Did you know a cat's top & bottom palates are hard enough to crush food (without teeth)? Me either, but Bud is now living the high-life eating his body weight in Fancy Feast, so I think any mice in the vicinity are safe from a hard palate crushing.
While Buddy was at the vet having all of his teeth removed, I was searching the internet for information on dental replacements for cats. Guess what? They don't make kitty dentures or implants to replace pulled teeth. Apparently eating is not important enough to be at the top of the R&D list for Vet medicine. They DO however make NEUTICLES!!!! (www.neuticles.com) Silicone Testicular Replacements for your canine and feline companions. "Neuticles allowing your pet to retain his natural look, self esteem and aids in the trauma associated with neutering"* direct quote from their web-site. I almost peed my pants laughing when I read that. Seriously?! Who know that my cat's self esteem was lacking because he had been clipped? All these years I thought his self-esteem was shot was because I put stupid Santa hats on him and made him go with me to PetSmart for our yearly Christmas picture. Or because his cat bed is pink with pink fur trim. As for the trauma associated with neutering.... My cat was so high when he came home from getting clipped that I swear he was chasing pink mice across the room for days. Yeah, no trauma there.
Anyway, Neuticles come in eight sizes from XX-small to XX-Large. So if your Chihuahua wasn't packing the heat before you got him snipped now is your time to make right by mother nature and give Chi-chi the huevos of a Rottwieller. Keep Booser banging with the rest of the pack with no one the wiser when the neighborhood dogs engage in some good old fashion butt-sniffing greetings in the doggie park. Help Alfie retain his Alpha-dog status with a nice natural feeling pair of Neuticles.... available in both the rigid and soft silicone models. Oh I have got to stop, because this is just too good to work with and I will be laughing my balls off way into 2009 if I don't end it here. Oh but wait, If the Neuticals are not enough for your pet you can help him overcome his "little" problem with Boneral (www.youtube.com/watch/v=8L42CwbTvHg)
Because the makers of Veterinary medical advancements don't think that eating is the important thing in a pet's life: But hanging with the Big Dogs is.