Put That Finger In My Mouth and See What Happens

Hey, are ya’ll out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. I’s sure wish I’s could see ya’ll. Do you wanna see me? What’s that mommy? Oh, okay, we’ll post fotos later so everypawdy will be able to see me. Well, okay then. Let me tell ya’ll ‘bout our crazy week. And furiends…it’s not over yet. While you all be readin’ this very posty, mommy will be chattin’ it up with the DHS nurse ‘bout qualifying to get some help around here. You know mommys doctor would like it ifin mommy quit drivin’. It’s cuz of those passin’ out spells she has. But a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do, mommy says. And till we can find somepawdy who’s willin’ to actually work fur a livin’, then…Well and now mommys gotta prove she still needs help. Anyways, I’s was gonna tell ya’ ‘bout our crazy week so far.

 Raena lays in the stroller

As ya’ know, I’s went with mommy to the doctor on Monday. And it was basically a good trip. Mommys’ back ain’t broke and she’s healin’ up slow and steady. Then came Wednesday and the dreaded dentist ‘pointment. Furst let me just tell ya’, mines harness still fit. And by still fit, I’s mean barely. It did pop open a time or two on Monday, but mommy made it work and said we’d look into getting me a new one. I’s hope she gets me a new Butterfly Cat Jacket. I’d be stylin’ then. Anyways, mommy decided she had the patience to deal with mines trainin’, so I’s got to go with mommy to the dentist.

But let me tell ya’, our house became grand central station ‘bout 10 minutes befur we needed to be walkin’ out the door. Furst the mail lady showed up with a package fur mommy. She had signed up fur some free “fight the wrinkles of old age” samples months ago and they arrived as we were getting all our things together to walk out the door. As soon as mommy laid the envelope down, the doorbell rang. Some neighbor we’ve never met was standin’ at the door askin’ ifin we had any boxes she could have. Somepawdy told her we got a chewy delivery and Christmas prezzies and might pawrt with a box or 2. Guess she don’t mind cat hair, cuz everypawdy knows any box that comes in our house is well luvved. Mommy was able to put the neighbor off and we ran out the door. Okay, maybe we didn’t run, but we were off as fast as mommy can hobble.

 Dezi lays on the arm of the chair

In the car, car started, and…OMC mommy furgot the camera. Mommy hobbled quickly back to the house while me meowed loudly after her. Don’t leave me, I’s meowed. Come back mommy, I’s chortled. Finally, mommy reappeared at the door and hobbled herself back to the car and we were off. And hey, we were only 15 minutes late. Mommy got out her old fashioned cell fone and tried to call and let them know we were runnin’ late. Hmmmpht  They were closed fur lunch. Mommys ‘pointment was at 1 o’clock, right after lunch. So mommy put the fossil of a cell back in her bag and just drove…purrobably a little too fast. But, we made it and only 5 minutes past our ‘pointment time. Aspen Dental was the name of the place. Must have been all that wind blowin’ us all over the place. Least that’s what mommy says. We caught a tail wind to be exact. We settled into the seating area so mommy could fill out the new patient paperwork. When she turned it in, she reaffirmed there would be no charges fur this appointment.



A few minutes later we were called to the back. Yeah, everypawdy was ohhin’ and ahhin’ over me, but so far, I’s was the purrfect Service Cat. I’s chilled in the stroller keepin’ both eyes on mommy and mines nose in the air. I’s smelled lots of strange things, but no purroblems with mommy. They stuck mommys head in this funny machine that went round and round and took the funniest fotos. Oooooh (shudders) Mommys foto sure looked ugly. Then they moved us to another room and the lady kept stickin’ her fingers and some strange thing in mommys’ mouth. I’s don’t know why mommy didn’t bite that girl. I’s gotta tell ya’, stick your hands in mines mouth like that and watch out. Rrrrrrrroar  Well, many more of those ugly fotos later, and we were off to yet another room.

 Raena bathes while sitting on the perch

The girl with the fingers left us alone and mommy finally reached into her bag to pull out the camera and take a purretty foto of me. “You’ve got to be kidding me!!!”, mommy exclaimed. The batteries were dead. She’d just charged ‘em the day befur, but they just don’t hold a charge like they used too. It didn’t really matter, cuz another girly came walkin’ in the room befur mommy could even get the camera put away. She started shovin’ her fingers in mommys mouth along with something that made mommy nearly jump outta the chair. Then she started ramblin’ on ‘bout cleanings, infection and periodontal disease. With tears streamin’ down her cheeks, and these weren’t the happy ones fur sure; she told girly that she’d never been told she had periodontal disease befur. To which girly replied, “Well that’s why your teeth are hurting. It’s really your gums.” To which mommy snarked, “No honey, it’s the gaping holes and exposed roots that’s makin’ my teeth hurt.” And girly looked at mommy kinda shocked and said, “Well yeah, that too.” And she purromptly left the room.



I’s chirped and mewed softly fur mommy to feel better and she cooed and told me how purroud of me she was. And then a little short man in a white coat came whooshin’ in and looked at those ugly fotos of mommy. Then he turned ‘round and innerduced himself to mommy. Dr. Luong he said and then he started puttin’ his fingers in mommys’ mouth. I’s gotta tell ya’, I’s so purroud of mommy, she didn’t bite any of those peeps. I’s couldn’t have done it. He poked and pushed mommys teethies and said things to the first girly who couldn’t keep her fingers to herself and took such bad fotos of mommy. Finally, everypawdy kept their hands and fingers to themselves and Dr. Luong talked to mommy. I’s gonna let her tell ya’ what he said.

 Raena bathes while sitting on the perch

Thanks baby. In order to get rid of the pain and infection I currently have, 8 teeth need to be removed on the first appointment (cost varies between $152.00 and $256.00 per tooth). Several of those are broken off so much they require surgery because there’s nothing to grab onto to pull. Of those teeth, 4 are the bottom front teeth. Basically, all I would have left on the bottom of my mouth is a crowned wisdom tooth and my canines. (The crowned wisdom tooth was done over 20 years ago, but is still holding well.) Also included at this appointment would be an immediate partial denture, for a total cost of $3598.00. Then there is 1 root canal and 3 additional teeth with smaller holes that need to be filled ASAP to avoid them becoming infected like the others (cost between $193.00 and $220.00 per tooth). These as well as the few remaining teeth have roots that are deeply implanted in the bone and so he refuses to entertain the idea of full dentures at this time. Also at that appointment would be placement of the permanent partial denture at a total cost of $1662.00. And lastly, they insist I need a cleaning that is done one side of the mouth at a time for a total of 3 appointments and a cost of $1535.00. I’ve never had my teeth cleaned, but of course these numbers sound outrageous to me, and I can’t find anywhere online where these numbers are valid for teeth cleaning. Unfortunately, the rest of the numbers do seem par for the course.



Fanky fanks mommy, that was too much fur me to ‘member. And I’s tryin’ to furget anyways. All those fingers in the mouth and all. Hmmmpht Just let ‘em put in ‘em mines mouth and see what happens. MOL  Mommy says she nearly passed out when they told her the cost, but I’s didn’t sense it. Mommy says it’s okay, I’s wouldn’t have. Sounds kinda strange to me, but okay. Mommy says anytime you want more money than she makes in a year, she’s gonna pass out. MOL  We did start a fundraiser fur mommy. You can see it here. Ifin you can spare anythin’ we fur sure would purreciate it, but unnerstand ifin ya’ don’t. Mommy really hates to ask since it’s not fur us, but she doesn’t know what else to do. There are fees associated with fundraisers that lessen your donation. But we know that some peeps only want to give thru a fundraiser. Fur all others, if you go to paypal and choose send money to friends or family, there are no fees charged and we will receive the entire donation. Our paypal email is: lexi.dezi@yahoo.com ( lexi (dot) dezi (at) yahoo (dot) com ) Fanky fank you. 

 Dezi lays on the arm of the chair


I’s gonna wrap it up now cuz this is a really long posty and fanky fanks to dead camera batteries ya’ don’t even have cool new dentist office fotos to look at. You’ll have to tune in to Service Cat Monday fur the rest of the story. And we’ve got a great question to answer too. We’re joinin’ the weekly Pet Parade.


Till the next time……………………………………Be Blest!!!




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My name is Deztinee. I am a Ragdoll. I was born 11/1/2009. I am a service cat along with my sisfur RaenaBelle, also a Ragdoll, for our disabled human mommy. My sisfur Raena was born 4/21/2016. In March of 2016, mommy and I had to say goodbye to my mentor Alexandra (Lexi), a black tabby born 4/29/1999. This blog is about our daily life from the kitty's point of view. We were both rescued from bad situations and our mommy raised us and trained us to be service cats. I want this blog to be interactive and get to know all of you, so comment and visit often. I will also offer advice, training tips and education when possible. Copyright © 2014 - 2020 {Audra High via Deztinee High and RaenaBelle High} All Rights Reserved All personal content (story's, poetry, etc., videos and music) are the property of the human behind Deziz World, and may not be used, copied or otherwise re-published without prior written permission/consent from the author (A. High-the human behind Deziz World). We have an amazon.com wish list and a PayPal account if you would like to help/donate to us.

Posted on January 13, 2017, in Pet Parade, Raena's Meows, Service Cats, Updates and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 56 Comments.

  1. Raena you were excellent during the dental visit. Your mom did well. Mom only had the wrap around type of x-rays once…they were very fast and no pain whatsoever.
    The dentist you saw seems to be rather expensive but you may not have a chose. Kali has periodontal disease and she has the 4 teeth. Is there not a college of dentistry near you or even in the next town…..it would be worth the drive or to take a bus to the nearest town?
    Luvs, Shoko, Kali and Jean

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    • Mommy says da wrap around didn’t hurt her neither, but those bite down ones did. The closest college in in da City (4 hrs. away and we have no buses, cabs or public transportation. However, mommy doesn’t qualify fur da college dentistry, they don’t do all da work she needs done, and she can’t get there. But fanks fur da suggestion. Da costs, except fur da cleanin’ are par fur da course in this area. Mommy called around and checked. Some places were even higher on da surgical extractions, especially.

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Raena


  2. That’s all a bit much for any human to take in at one time. A lot of money! We so hope the fundraiser goes well and it is soon raised so she can get some help for the pain and infection.

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  3. dezi & raena……cranbereez….we iz sorree yur mom had N hasta go thru all thiz…we hope all de funds kneaded R raized N we hope yur dentist understandz a payment plan iz de onlee optshun…..even thoze who haz insurance ore iz werkin canna a ford ta just hand over thiz kinda $$$$ ~~~~~~

    heerz two a lemon tetra kinda week oh end two all ♥♥♥

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  4. Holy cat … that’s more money than I make in a year too. I buy dental coverage because I knew I was going to have problems … but that’s expensive too. And when I needed a crown in December, the majority of the savings was because of the dentist’s write off in contracting with the insurance. If a dentist can get by with that big of a write off, he shouldn’t charge anyone else more than that either! I didn’t keep track of the benefits year to year and oh how they changed. I’m so sorry you’re facing this … I wonder if there’s a dentist that will do the work at cost and not the inflated “non-insurance” price. Even if a dentist gave you rates he contracted with insurance for, that’d be a huge savings. So far my comment has been a rant, so I’ll end on a positive note … good job. Raena! Hugs to all of you.

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  5. What a day and it gave me a belly ache to read about what you need dental wise and the cost. Do you have a university with a dental school near you? I know that at UCLA there’s an exceptional dental school and if someone doesn’t have money they go there to let a student work on them with the instructor overseeing it. The work is good. Perhaps if you have something like that close to you that might help? And the suggestion by noodle sounds helpful. Maybe there are other options with support groups that could help with the funding? An online search? ‘Nuff from moi with that. So glad your got purrrriiing support from the girls. Love helps a lot. Take care and we’ll keep all our paws crossed fur you. ❤

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    • Fanky fank you. We don’t have a dental school/college within drivin’ distance and mommy doesn’t qualify. Mommy checked into all da low cost/free options befur goin’ to get this estimate. Mostly she doesn’t qualify or can’t afford it. Altho’ da few dat were in da can’t afford category are now out, cuz they don’t do surgical extractions, which mommy needs. Fanky fank ya’ fur da suggestions. Big hugs

      Luvs ya’

      Raena and Dezi

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  6. The type of cleaning you described is periodontal cleaning to deal with gum disease and it’s much more uncomfortable than normal teeth cleaning, but crucial for health.

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    • They told mommy she would be numbed fur da cleanings. She’s never had any kind so doesn’t know what any of it’s about. Big hugs

      Luvs ya’

      Raena and Dezi

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      • When they do one side at the time, it means they are cleaning down between the teeth and gums due to infection, etc… this usually happens when someone has issues with broken teeth, etc. I regular cleaning doesn’t require Novocain and normally only takes about 1/2 hour. (one good friend is also my dentist).

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        • Well, dat would fur sure be mommies teeth. So many broken ones it’s not even funny. Fanky fanks fur da info. Seems lots of peeps are like mommy and don’t get it.

          Luvs ya’

          Raena and Dezi

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          • Teeth are easy to take for granted, but they’re very important. If it hurts to eat, too often people don’t eat the things which their body needs for optimum health.

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            • Yeah, mommy just eats ifin there’s food and doesn’t when there isn’t any. She doesn’t really wotty ’bout optimum health. She can’t afford healthy foods even ifin she has money fur food, so she usually just tries to get da most fur what she has. Its just pawrt of bein’ poor.

              Luvs ya’

              Raena and Dezi

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              • Hopefully things start changing to the way they should be. IMHO, there is something very, very wrong with our country when a veteran, who has fought for our country gets $1,200/month from our government while a refuge without documentation, is given $1,700/month.

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                • Yeah, we just don’t even know what to say. Mommy’s been on social security fur a while now, and peeps just startin’ today get more money than she does. It’s crazy.

                  Luvs ya’

                  Raena and Dezi

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                  • The government regulations and rules simply don’t make sense to me. Here, in FL, I hear about disabled veterans sleeping under bridges because they have PTSD or whatever and they can’t fill out the paperwork to get help, yet immigrants get loads of help.
                    IMHO, there is something very, very wrong about that.

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  7. I’ve bitten my dentist, when I thought he was done and closed my mouth! And he’s such a nice man…handsome too! Hurty teeth are just the worst, and I hope your momma gets the work she needs, RaenaBelle. Having you with her helped to ease her anxiety while all those folks put their fingers and tools in there!

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  8. Oh no. This is terrible. My Mom wanted me to tell you that Aspen is very expensive. If teeth need to be pulled, it’s best to find a place called Affordable Dentures. They’ve helped a lot of people we know. They do extractions and partials. Their prices are on their website too. Ear licks Noodle

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    • Fanky fank ya’ Noodle. Looks like we don’t have one close enuff to get too. Mommy did call ’round to other dentists when she found out what needed to be done, and da purrices other than da cleanin’ are purretty much da same. Some offices were actually a bit higher. But fanky fank ya’ fur da infurmation.

      Luvs ya’

      Raena and Dezi


  9. Oh my…..we feel AWFUL for your Mom. Just awful. I have to have periodontal cleanings every 3 months…….at one time I didn’t have insurance and wish I could remember what they charged but the cleaning charge might be a little high. Years ago they did one quadrant of the mouth at a time on me. I feel so bad for you. Our dentist has a program that you can sign up for to spread your payments out over approx 3 years……..does this dentist have the same? Are there any dental benefits available for people with disabilities? (I am not sure so that is why I am asking). Things are bad here financially, hoping in the next month or so there will be an improvement, if there is, I can try and at least donate something small. I feel sooo bad for you. That is a ton of dental work. I was able to totally straighten my gums up with flossing (I used to never floss)………I still have to have periodontic cleanings but my teeth/gums are fine now. i feel bad for you because it seems that yours has gone way too far to be helped. I am sooo sorry!!! I hate the dentist so this really makes me feel so bad. (((hugs)))

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    • Fanky fank ya’ awnty Caren. It’s okay, you shouldn’t feel bad. Mommy does floss, she’s just never had a cleaning. There are no payment plans and none at any other dentist in da area. Mommy called ’round and checked. There are no programs to help mommy either. She either doesn’t qualify, can’t afford them or they don’t do da work she needs done. Oh, or we don’t live in da appropriate county or town. Mommys meds make her teeth bad and not eating or eating impropurrly doesn’t help. Anyways, fanky fank ya’ fur your caring. Big hugs

      Luvs ya’

      Raena and Dezi


  10. Raena I’m so proud that you acted like the purrfect service kitty :o) but we nearly swooned as we saw all this numbers from the dentist…. it’s sad that we have to pay the most of this bills on our own, I wish there would be a worldwide change and the insurances would cover such things… we wait fearful for the cost forecast from my dad’s dentist and I bet that time we will actually swoon :o((((

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    • Fanky fank ya’ Phenny. Mommy says she was very purroud of me too. We will send purrayers dat your daddy’s cost will be very small and not cause ya’ll to swoon. Dat’s not fun. 🙂 Big hugs

      Luvs ya

      Raena and Dezi


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