How To: Look After Your Cats Teeth!
Hey everyone! Wanna learn a bit more about caring for your cats teeth and oral hygiene? We’re here this week with a few handy tips and a bit more information on how to keep your cats mouth healthy.
Caring for your cats teeth and gums isn’t something that we as cat parents automatically think about, but caring for your cats oral health can help give them a better quality of life! Unfortunately, cats can be very good at hiding their discomfort; there are a few signs to look out for and ways you can help:
1. Tooth Fractures
Cats you have been in accidents or suffered any sort of trauma can suffer with tooth fractures. If you notice your cat pawing at their mouth or going off their food or grooming, it’s quite possible that this might have happened. It’s important to take your cat to the vet to get this looked at. When this occurs the tooth is usually removed as root canal or repairs aren’t usually done on cats.
2. Bad Breath
Another indication that something’s wrong with your cats oral health is them developing bad breath. Cats obviously aren’t known for their minty fresh breath, but if you notice your cat has developed worse breath than usual, the best thing to do is book them in at the vets for a check-up.
If you notice your cat drooling, especially if they haven’t had any prior dental issues, this could be a sign of tooth decay or gum disease. The best way to avoid this happening in the first place is to make sure your cat has regular dental check-ups and cleanings, either with you brushing their teeth or at a vets appointment. Also make sure that your cat has regular dental treats to help keep their gums healthy. If you do notice your cat drooling, a quick check of their gums should let you know if you need a vets appointment. Inflamed gums really need treating.
4. Adjusting Diet
If your cat needs any kind of dental surgery, afterwards it is best to have them on a predominantly dry food diet, this helps your cats gums feel well and stay healthy. You can get special dental food from your vet, but a predominantly dry diet over wet is just as good. The most important thing to remember with this is that if your cat is on a mostly dry diet, make sure they have a constant supply of water.
5. Brushing Their Teeth
If you do want to brush your cats teeth at home, it is best to introduce this at a young age and introduce it slowly. You can get special cat toothbrushes from your vet or from pet shops, and one of the most important things to remember is never use human toothpaste as it is toxic to cats. You can also get special cat toothpaste from your vet or a pet shop.
We hope these tips come in handy for your cat!