Wednesday, February 04, 2009

At least now I know where they went

I've got to go to the dentist this morning to have my new mouthpiece fitted. I wear a mouthpiece at night because my jaw's screwed up. I had a couple of mouthpieces that I had been using, but one of them disappeared a few weeks ago, courtesy of the cats. (I have a tendency to yank the mouthpiece out in my sleep and set it on the bed; from there, it's fair game for the cats, who think they've just found a new toy.)

I looked and looked for that mouthpiece, sure that it would turn up eventually. In the past I've found them under the bed, under the couch, under the magazine rack, and under the desk in the kitchen. The cats bat them around until they get batted under something, then they lose interest. I wasn't too concerned, because I had a spare, but on Monday night, the spare also disappeared.

I was starting to wonder if The Runt had started his own orthodontia practice on the side. Where the heck were the mouthpieces? I mean, sure, I was picking up a new one today, but at two hundred bucks a pop, you kind of want to know where they're going.

So! Where were they? I found one under the stove, and one under the fridge. Did I throw them out, after they'd been batted around by cats and possibly chewed on and relegated to dust bunny city? Hell, no. I cleaned them up, soaked them for a while, and put them back in their cases. And you're all, Ewwwwwwwwww!!!!! Let me repeat: Two. Hundred. Dollars.

Oh, and I was going to say something along the lines of, "there's not much I won't put in my mouth for two hundred bucks", but ......... naw.


Bridgett said...

Not grossed out at all. Once you soak them in a little soapy gunk and rinse them off, they're as clean as anything else you're going to be putting in your mouth and much cleaner than your teeth unless you've just swished with Listerine.

And they are, after all, $200 a pop. Our cat plunks everything under the living room couch; I can tell there's something really good under there when she sets up a stalking perimeter and sits there glaring, waiting for that mad fuzzy-wuzzy to escape.

rockygrace said...

It's cool that your cat has a secret hideout for her favorite toys!

kitkat said...

I used to do the same with my retainers after my braces came off. I'd stop wearing them for a while, and try to put them in, and they'd be so tight and uncomfortable, I'd take them out in my sleep and put them next to me on the pillow. It always seemed so deliberate even though I was sleeping. Thankfully, no cats were allowed in my room at the time.

Currently, my cats have hidden one of their favorite toys somewhere. I'm thinking it's under the stove.

rockygrace said...

Oh, Kitkat, I used to do the exact same thing with my retainer. I wouldn't wear it until the night before I had an appointment with the orthodontist, and then it would hurt like hell.

Meredith said...

OMG I did the SAME thing with 3 of my very expensive mouthpieces - threw them out in the middle of the night. My dentist looked at me like I was crazy...glad to know I'm not alone:)