Tips on Cat Dental Care
As a cat lover, you need to make sure that your fur baby gets the proper cat dental care. Taking care of your pet's teeth is the best way to ward off dental pain and diseases. Just as people need to visit the dentist, so as your cat needs to visit a veterinarian to get their teeth checked.
Kittens have 26 teeth while adult cats have 30. Taking care of your cat’s teeth is not that difficult, yet it needs to be done from a young age.
Signs of Dental Disease
Here are the symptoms of dental diseases on cats as well as in dogs:
- Excessive Drooling
- Brownish tartar on teeth
- Bad Breath
- Face rubbing
- Reluctance to be handled around the mouth
- Grinding Teeth
- Abnormally Red Gums
- Refuses to Eat
These diseases occur when food particles are left in the mouth, which can cause build-up on the teeth. Moreover, if it's not removed, plaque hardens into tartar, which may lead to inflammation of the gums called gingivitis.
Cat Dental Care Tips
These are some cat dental care basics aside from the dental tips given on the cat infographic.
- Regular Home Brushing
At first, cats may be resistant to brushing. But, be patient and practice it every day for they'll get used to it.
- Choose a Cat’s Toothbrush
Just choose the right toothbrush, make sure it is for cats, which is way smoother and smaller.
- Use a Cat Toothpaste
Use toothpaste for cats for it has tempting flavors which can help the process go easier.
- Introduce the Toothbrush
Another cat dental care tip is to let your cat sniff and examine the toothbrush. You may let them taste small amount toothpaste first.
- Massage the Gums
Massage the cat’s gums using your fingers. This can help your cat get used to the feeling of getting brushed. Repeat it until your cat seems comfortable with it.
- Mouth Exams
Carefully check your cat's mouth weekly. Make sure your cat is in a good mood and lift the lips to examine the gums and teeth. Look for any periodontal diseases or other issues.
- Annual Dental Cleanings
Even though you think that you take care of your cat and dogs dental health easily, they still need to go to veterinarian's office for they can carefully examine your pet's teeth and gums and can safely remove plaque build-up.
- Anesthesia for Dental Cleaning
Anesthesia sure carries risks, but positives are higher than negatives. It will help your cat feel reduced pain and stress and can allow the veterinarian to clean the gum lime thoroughly safely. Also, your pets need dental X-rays to evaluate the roots of the teeth.
However, treatment will depend on the severity of the disease. For instance in minor cases, professional dental cleaning will be enough. And for significant incidents, periodontal surgery may be required to reach deeper tooth structures.
Because of the increase of dental disease in cat and dogs in the past decade, it is essential as cat owners to be aware of what can cause dental problems and the right cat dental care.