Alternately, do you pay to have full cleanings done at the vet? I’m trying to judge how horrible a person I am.

I have two cats, and at a recent vet visit to get their shots they told me that one of them (Mute) desperately needed a full cleaning and probably needed a couple teeth pulled due to the condition of his teeth. That was done today, and I just got a call saying that they’d ended up needing to pull 6 teeth because they were in such bad shape. I didn’t even know cats’ teeth could get that bad! Last year when I took them in for shots a cleaning was recommended, but it was $350 that I didn’t have and they didn’t make it sound absolutely vital. Now I’m looking back at how for ages my cat has been rubbing his mouth against objects and wondering if that was a sign that he was already in pain.

I feel awful. We’re getting a new kitty on Saturday and I feel like I don’t deserve it.