Did you know that, just like people, cats can suffer from a variety of dental problems? Common dental issues in cats include gum disease, tooth resorption, infections, abscesses, and stomatitis, which is a painful inflammation of the mouth. These problems can be very painful for your pet, and can have a serious effect on her health. In this article, an Omaha, NE vet offers kitty dental care tips.
Fluffy’s teeth should be examined by a vet at least once a year. If your cat has tartar buildup, she may need a good deep cleaning. This will remove plaque and tartar, and fight bacteria and gum disease. Other issues will be handled on a case-by-case basis, after a diagnosis is made. Ask your vet for specific advice.
A good diet is very important to your kitty’s oral health. Get Fluffy the best cat food you can afford. Tartar-control treats and supplements can also be beneficial. Ask your vet for recommendations.
If you have a kitten, you have the upper hand, as it’s much easier to teach baby cats to accept the toothbrush than to convince an adult cat to sit still for an unfamiliar process. That said, even fully-grown cats can learn to tolerate having their teeth brushed. The key is to make Fluffy realize she’s being pampered. Start by wrapping gauze around your finger, and rubbing your pet’s teeth gently while complimenting her. You can also try a cat toothbrush. Use only kitty toothpaste, as human products aren’t safe for our feline friends.
Fresh water is crucial to Fluffy’s health in general, but it’s also very important for her oral health. Some cats prefer drinking running water, so consider getting your furball a kitty drinking fountain.
Bad breath is one of the most common symptoms of feline dental issues. Drooling, bleeding gums, swelling, and a reduced appetite are also red flags, as is visible tartar buildup. Fluffy may lose interest in her food if her teeth hurt, or may start preferring soft food. General signs of illness, such as hiding, poor grooming, and unusual behavior or vocalizations, can also indicate dental trouble. Contact your vet immediately if your kitty has any of these symptoms.
For more information about caring for your cat’s teeth, contact us, your local Omaha, NE pet hospital, today. We are always happy to help!