Proper Dental Care for Cats
It is important to maintain your cat’s oral hygiene to help ensure continued health. Neglected teeth and gums can result in severe mouth pain and even lead to infection in other organs. Here are some tips to help keep your cat “smiling”:
- Inspect your cat’s mouth regularly for tartar or any changes in gum appearance.
- Consult with your veterinarian about the most appropriate home-cleaning process or professional cleaning, and ask how often you should have your cat’s teeth cleaned at the veterinary clinic.
Dental problems may also result from injury, foreign objects in the mouth, malnutrition or health conditions that aect the mouth as well as other parts of the body. Common warning signs of dental problems in cats include:
- Red, swollen or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Loss of appetite
- Sores in mouth
Cats with untreated oral disease and dental pain can experience emotional and physical decline. These cats tend to be thin, drop their food, chew on one side, eat more slowly, eat less or show less interest in food. Tooth decay, gum disease and broken teeth contribute to a diminished quality of life. If you notice any of these symptoms in your cat, schedule an appointment with a veterinarian.
Central Texas Animal Hospital is a Cat Friendly Practice® and provides a variety of veterinary services for cats in the Pflugerville/Austin-Round Rock area including vaccinations, parasite prevention, dental care, weight management, spaying and neutering, and more. Call us at 512-251-BARK today to learn more!