His fur is raven black, his eyes are a stunning orange, but those aren’t what gives this young Persian his reputation. Sebastian’s days in the spotlight are a result of his golden teeth. And not just golden, but fangs that literally jut out of his mouth.
Maybe the picture of a miniature saber-toothed tiger comes to mind, however, this cat’s upper canines are actually pointing skyward. This can be dangerous for an animal, because just chipping one of those exposed teeth can lead to infection. That’s why Sebastian’s owner, David Steele, gave this cool cat a couple of golden crowns to place over them. Why gold? Gold is an incredibly hard medal that would do just the job to protect even a hungry feline as he chomps down on hard food.
Not surprisingly, and lucky for Sebastian, Steele is a dentist. He explains, “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.”
But how can someone preform such a hazardous task on an animal? Well, when Sebastian was briefly tranquilized to get his coat groomed, Steele seized the opportunity, taking impressions of his cat’s teeth and soon sending them out to a company that would end up creating his crowns.
Believe it or not, this wouldn’t be the first time that an animal had been given gold teeth. Steele had replaced the real choppers of another feline previously, as well as a Boston terrier. In fact, Larry Owen, Sebastian’s veterinarian, explains that this process can be done on basically any animal in need. Although he does admit that the idea of Sebastian’s new “bling-bling” was mainly a, “fun thing to do. (Steele is) always up to something or trying something new.”
After a “small” fee of $900 for each crown, and some very careful dental work, Sebastian is now living as a star, and thanks to his gold teeth, he doesn’t have to worry about his chompers getting injured. Of course, it did take him some getting used to. Steele claims Sebastian was even angry about his new look at first, saying, “He’s normally around me all the time. After I put the crowns on, he didn’t ‘speak’ to me for two days.” Eventually, the feline got used to the new crowns. Now he lives as happily as ever, even with his canines still sticking up in that strange but perhaps, comical manner.