We have a vet visit scheduled for Magnum on Monday. Unfortunately he'll have to stay overnight since he requires some dental work. Evidently, a brief examination at Animal Control led someone to say that he needs at least two of his teeth extracted.
I've tried to sneak a peek inside his mouth when he's been yawning and I've noticed that both is upper and lower front fangs (or canines as they are called), on the one side are both gone, and the rest of what I saw didn't look so good. That's not totally surprising given his age and his having been outside, eating goodness knows what - a horrible diet isn't exactly conducive to good teeth!, but still it's unfortunate.
I'm somewhat anxious about his surgery. It's always concerning when a cat has to be put out, but especially one that's older can be even abit more dicey. I'm also disappointed that his trip will likely stress him and he'll probably think that he's been abandoned again when he finds himself sitting back in one of those cramped, little boxes they call cages. This is one of those instances when you wish you could talk to them, explain what's going on, and they'd actually understand.
Tuesday will be a great day when we can hopefully pick him back up for the trek home (pending no complications).