Big cats at the dentist

Big cats at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point, IN get a visit from the dentist.

Posted: Apr 6, 2019 6:25 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2019 10:46 PM

CENTER POINT, Ind. (WTHI) - For big cats, their teeth are essential to life. That’s why founder and director of the Exotic Feline Rescue Center Joe Taft makes sure his big cat’s get some of the best care there is. That’s why the Peter Emily International Dentist Foundation make a stop to the Wabash Valley twice a year.

“Anybody who’s ever had a tooth ache can tell you how miserable it makes their life,” said Taft. The group of volunteers work on as many of the cat’s teeth as they can in one weekend. Tigers, as well as other animals, can have the same dental problems that humans have.

“These animals can’t really talk but they can sure be in a lot of pain,” said Taft.

One of the dentist working on the tigers was Barron Hall, a board certified veterinary dentists. He’s also a mission leader for the Foundation. He told News 10 his biggest concern isn’t to clean the animal’s teeth. He wants to make sure they can live a productive life.
“We want to give these animals whether they’re a dog, a cat, a tiger or a lion, any of these animals, we want to give them a healthy pain free mouth,” said Hall.

Taft believes the work that this group does is very beneficial to his cats. He said he sees great results in his cats.
“A week from know some of these cats that will be dragging, will be running around like little kittens,” said Taft.

Here's more information about the Peter Emily International Foundation and the Exotic Feline Rescue Center.

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