Did you know that dental problems are very common in our feline friends? Having a toothache is no more fun for Fluffy than it is for us! Your cat can’t call the dentist to set herself an appointment, however, so it’s up to you to know what signs to watch for. In this article, a local Webster, NY vet discusses dental problems in kitties.
Bad breath is one of the most common signs of dental issues in kitties. Fluffy may lose interest in food or playing if her teeth hurt, and may drool, paw at her mouth, or meow differently. Your furry pal may also start showing a clear preference for wet food, and could ignore her kibble.
Common Dental Issues
Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems our feline friends face. This is very concerning, because the infection can move to Fluffy’s vital organs through her bloodstream, and can contribute to some very serious health issues, such as heart disease. Some other common dental problems cats can develop include tooth resorption; deciduous tooth retention; ulcers; lesions; misalignments; infections; abscesses; broken or cracked teeth; and stomatitis, which is a very painful inflammation of the mouth. Oral cancer is also not uncommon in our feline friends.
Caring For Fluffy’s Teeth
Your pet’s teeth should be examined by a vet at least once a year. If your kitty gets tartar buildup, she may need a good deep cleaning. Other issues will be handled on a case-by-case basis, after a proper diagnosis has been made. Home care is also very important. The best thing you can do to care for Fluffy’s teeth is to brush them regularly. We know, easier said than done. To get your cat used to the idea, start by gently rubbing her teeth with your finger. Next, add a bit of pet toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste on a cat: products made for us aren’t safe for our feline friends. From there, you can move on to using a kitty toothbrush. It’s also important to make sure your furball always has plenty of clean water to drink. Ask your vet for more information, including advice on dental-formula kibble and treats.
Do you know or suspect that your cat has dental issues? Please feel free to contact us, your local Webster, NY animal hospital, anytime! We are always happy to help!