Kitty Dental Care

Does your cat sometimes bite you affectionately … or, perhaps, not so affectionately? Those little teeth are sharp! They also aren’t impervious to dental issues. Given that February is Pet Dental Health Month, this is a purrfect time to talk about your pint-sized panther’s choppers. An Eau Claire, WI vet discusses kitty dental care below.

Common Dental Issues

Cats are susceptible to many of the same dental problems as people. These include gum disease; misalignments; abscesses and infections; and cracked or broken teeth. Kitties are also prone to tooth resorption and feline stomatitis, both of which are very painful and can severely affect Fluffy’s quality of life. Other possible issues include ulcers and lesions, deciduous tooth retention, and oral cancers.

Warning Signs

Fluffy can’t tell you if something is bothering her, so you’ll need to watch for warning signs. Bad breath is often indicative of dental issues in kitties. Tartar buildup, drooling, dribbling food, and bleeding gums are also red flags.

Keep in mind that most cats are very much creatures of habit, and tend to be fairly set in their ways. Anything that is outside the realm of your furball’s usual purrsonality or behavior can be a warning sign. That includes things like hiding, changes in vocalization, uncharacteristic clinginess or grumpiness, and/or poor grooming. Your feline buddy may also paw at her mouth, lose interest in playing with her favorite catnip mouse, or start preferring wet food.

Caring For Fluffy’s Teeth

We recommend having Fluffy’s teeth examined at least once a year by her vet. If your kitty has tartar buildup, she may need a deep cleaning. Aside from that, dental issues are handled individually, once a diagnosis has been made.

Home Care

Home care is also important. While you may think that brushing Fluffy’s teeth is a good way to end up in the ER, this actually can be done safely. The key is to start slow, and make your furry buddy think she’s being pampered. At first, just rub her teeth and gums a little as you pet her. Progress from there, until you can use a finger toothbrush and some kitty toothpaste. If your furball isn’t having it, ask your vet about other options, such as dental flakes.

As your Eau Claire, WI animal clinic, we’re dedicated to helping you keep your feline pal happy, healthy, and purring. Please contact us anytime!

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