Dental health care for your cat is overlooked most of the time and is not given the time or the attention that it needs. In reality, it is just as important as your cat getting their tick and flea medications and vaccines.
This maybe because you assume that cats are not prone to dental health problem as humans are. However, cats are known to develop gum disease which can be linked to many health related problems. This is why it is important to keep on top of your cat’s dental care.
Unlike humans cats are not capable of keeping their teeth clean on their own which means they would need your assistance. If you take the time to make sure that your cat’s oral and dental health is in good condition it will benefit them in the long run by living a healthy and long life.
It will help reduce plaque and tartar, decrease the risk of an oral infection and help prevent bad breath. In addition, it will help decrease chances heart, liver and kidney disease that are sometimes caused by poor dental health care.
Here is some quick information to help you as a pet owner make sure that you cat is getting the dental care and attention that they need to stay healthy:
Steps That You Can Take To Ensure Clean Teeth & Gums
Keep a Routine: Creating or starting a teeth cleaning routine when your cat is just a kitten is a great idea. This is because it will allow your cat to get used to the idea which will make the process a lot easier.
Breathe Check: To check if your cat’s dental health is good do a quickly breathe check. If you smell a mild fishy smell that is normal. However, if you experience a smell that you cannot tolerate than it is a good hint that you cat is suffering from oral problems, gum disease and/or tooth decay.
Yearly Check-ups: Just like humans cats also need a yearly dental check-up to diagnose dental health concerns and/or issues that you cannot see as a pet owner.
Gum massage: To help your cat avoid tooth decay, inflammation and/or infection in the gums massage your cat’s gums as often as you can. If the gums are a pink color then you know that they are healthy.
A Clean Diet: To make sure that your cat’s dental and oral health is at its optimal level make sure you feed them a combination of wet and dry food. It also helps when you vary their meats in their daily diet.
Let Them Chew: To help ensure your cat to have strong teeth and bones that it is a good idea to let them chew on toys and bones. Keep in mind when letting your cat chew on bones that they are safe so it won’t become a hazard and/or health risk.
What to Look For?
It is a good idea to do daily checks of your cat’s mouth to look out for anything that may be a health concern. Some of the things that you should look for include:
- Redness in color with gums
- Swollen or inflamed gums
- Ulcers on gums and/or tongue
- Loose teeth
- Difficulty chewing food
- Excessive drooling
- Bleeding of gums
What Should You Have in Your Cat’s Toothbrush Kit?
- Cotton swabs
- Small toothbrush
- Toothpaste for cats
How to Introduce Teeth Cleaning to Your Cat?
- Introduce the idea of teeth cleaning by massaging your cat’s teeth and gums with your fingers.
- Introduce the taste of toothpaste by putting a little in your cat’s mouth.
- Introduce the toothbrush slowly if your cat does not like it there is always the option of using gloves that are meant for cleaning your cat’s teeth.
- Now you are ready to apply toothpaste to the toothbrush to begin cleaning your cat’s teeth.