SAN CLEMENTE, Ca. - This cool cat has traded in his catnip for some bling. Sebastian, a one-year-old Persian with long black hair, sports gold crowns on his two bottom canines, which grew sticking out from his lips in an underbite similar to a bulldog's.
His owner, Cinthia Mynayber, said she gave Sebastian gold crowns to help strengthen the fanged feline's teeth. Mynayber said she was worried the unique canines would break off or become a problem.
Dr. Ralph, who performed the procedure, had this to say, "It's possible to work on animals the same way we do humans. I did it to strengthen (Sebastian's) teeth, but it had an excellent cosmetic result. The cat gets a lot of attention now. Everyone is tickled to death when they see him."
Sebastian's two gold teeth protruding from his furry face make him seem a little menacing, like a hip-hop star's guard-cat or a movie villain's pet. The feline didn't seem too happy with his new look at first.
"He's normally around me all the time," Steele said. "After I put the crowns on, he didn't 'speak' to me for two days."
Two weeks ago, Dr. Ralph tranquilized the cat at his San Clemente Spa and Animal Hospital so he could do the dentistry work, which took about 15 minutes to complete.
Dr. Ralph said putting gold crowns on teeth can be done for any pet with a dental problem.
"Mostly, though, it was a fun thing to do," he said. "I'm always up to something or trying something new."
Dr. Ralph said the cost for each gold tooth is about the same as for humans, or about $900 each.