So far I've spent approximately $150 on the antibiotics and steriods but he's going to need oral x-rays before the vet can make a plan for surgery. The initial consultation was $50 and the x-rays will run me around $250-$275 for sedation and imaging. Depending on the severity, he will either need the majority of his teeth removed or all of them, which is going to cost at least $500. Including blood work and general testing, the grand total for all of Pico's medical costs is going to be in the ballpark of $1000, which is approximately a month's pay for me. I'm halfway through my grace period for my student loans, which means this is a prime time for me to start saving my money. I love my cat and I'm more than willing to do what needs to be done for him to live his best life, I just need some help to get him there.
Also, side note about his front left paw that you can see in his model shot - the vet has checked it out and assured me it's a valgus joint, which means that it was most likely broken in utero or soon after birth and simply healed that way. He is not in any pain from his foot, he plays and runs around on it like any other one year old cat. I affectionately call it his "wonky paw!"