A woman sharing how she said goodbye to her cat only to learn he just had toothache has left the internet in stitches.
TikTok user Rosalynn Stewart—who uses the handle yammananna—posted the video on June 7 since when it has received more than 86,000 views and thousands of comments.
In the video, the text overlay explains: “Today we went to the vets thinking that this was it for the old boy. We’d said goodbye. He’d slipped on the bed despite smelling like satan’s ballsack, I’d mushed up his dinner and he’d had chicken… we were ready…”
The devastated pet owner continued: “People visited. He had a great last day,” but then in the next clip, it simply said: “Toothache,” alongside a picture of a vet bill for $410.
It turned out that their beloved elderly kitty was simply suffering from some dental issues, and after a short bit of treatment, was feeling much better.
Internet users were left in stitches at the video and headed to the comments to share their reactions.
“So he’s ok yes?” asked one commenter on the viral TikTok video. Stewart later replied: “Missing his teeth, but yes, he’s a new boy!”
The elderly cat captured hearts all over the world after his ordeal, with one commenter writing: “Thank god. I was tearing up. They like to be dramatic but so happy he came home.”
“I went from aww to laughing a lot,” said another commenter.
Others felt an affinity with the cat’s pain. One TikTok user joked: “Literally me getting my wisdom teeth,” while another said: “To be fair to him toothache is the absolute worst.”
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society over 70 percent of cats will show signs of dental disease by the time they reach 3 years old.
From inflammation of the gums to fractured teeth, root abscesses and oral tumors—tooth issues in our feline friends can cause great discomfort.
VCA Animal Hospitals says that the best way to prevent dental pain in your cat is to ensure they receive regular dental care both at home and on vet visits. In general, your vet should take a good look at your cat’s teeth during their yearly check-up, picking up any issues and sometimes providing a full dental clean. At home, it is important to brush your cat’s teeth daily to remove plaque from teeth.
Signs that your cat may be suffering with dental pain including sudden loss of interest in dry food or hard treats, chewing more slowly than usual, dropping food from the mouth, excessive drooling and pawing at the mouth. If you see any of these signs in your cat, it is better to get them to a vet for a full check up.
“The same thing happened to my boy Bruno,” shared another TikTok user: “We thought he was having a stroke [and] on his way out, he needed two teeth out.”
Newsweek has asked Rosalynn Stewart for comment.