Feline dental issues are far more common than owners realize. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates 70% of cats by the age of three already have developed some level of gum disease. If you notice any of these in your feline companion, consider bringing her into your veterinarian for a wellness and dental health checkup:
- If your usually docile cat does not want you touching his/her head
- They are not interested in eating when they usually come running for their food
- If your kitty usually is tidy but is now dropping food around their dish
- They take much longer to eat than usual
- They are no longer interested in treats
These can all be signs of health or dental issue and should alert you to bring them into your veterinarian to determine the cause and relieve their discomfort. Most cats will not allow you to get near their mouths so it is not unusual for cats to have dental issues. Unchecked dental issues can cause gingivitis, tartar buildup, oral tumors, and abscesses as well as other health issues throughout their little bodies including infections in their heart, liver, lungs, kidneys or develop into life-threatening conditions.
In lieu of a toothbrush, look for treats, toys and other dental friendly products that have been approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). These products have been approved to help fight dental issues in pets. Dental treats which contain chlorophyll will help to remove tartar found on the surface of your cat’s teeth.
If you have an unusually mellow cat which does not mind you checking in their mouth, start a dental cleaning routine now to help protect their teeth and gums for issues down the road. Brushing their teeth a few times a week, if not daily. Use a cat-specific toothpaste and toothbrush, not human.
Ask your Ellicott City, MD veterinarian about dental friendly foods you can purchase to help scrub off tartar and help to block plaque formation. We will be happy to discuss this with you during your wellness exam. Give us a call today at 410-465-6218 to schedule your cat’s appointment.