But it's not periodontal disease.
It's feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions, aka neck lesions, aka my poor baby has been in considerable pain.
From here: Dental resorption lesions result in the loss of tooth structure, starting with the outer enamel surface, usually at or below the gumline. The lesions, which are NOT cavities, begin as a loss of tooth enamel and can eventually spread to the dentin and then the pulp canal, which contains the blood vessels and nerves to the tooth. Sometimes, the entire crown of the tooth may be missing.
They're having to extract about six teeth, rather than the estimated four, and basically give him a root canal. He's on IV antibiotics, and will be on antibiotics at home. They're sealing his remaining teeth.
I feel so helpless. My baby has been in so much pain. And I didn't *know*. Like feste_sylvain said, that's par for the course to a point - animals hide weakness. But he wasn't showing anything that would point to this. Even the vet said so, which made me feel a little better; it wasn't even visible to the trained eye, let alone mine. He's been calm and active and snuggly. No aggression, no salivation, no bleeding.
But he has been in pain. Oh, my Max, I am so sorry...
And with that - I don't have the procedure financially covered, not out of funds just raised. It's looking like it'll be over a thousand, due to additional X-rays and additional extractions and root canal and sealing and antibiotics "but I really feel strongly that he needs this", and me nodding over the phone even though he can't see me and saying "Do it, just do whatever he needs, please, and we will sort it out." Because he is my baby. He is my kittyboy. Just help my boy.
And the thought of Max in pain is making me cry. So I'm going to stop typing about it for now.