Expert secrets for cat teeth care

November 11, 2020 Other  No comments

Dollars and Pets: Keeping those teeth clean

Good oral care includes brushing your cat’s teeth several times a week. This can be done with a finger toothbrush, a special cat toothbrush, or with a small soft cloth on your finger while gently scrubbing your cat’s teeth and gums. A special cat toothpaste is also made to help remove plaque and tartar, and cats love the taste. Cats will not accept human toothpaste because the taste and ingestion of it may harm them.

If you raise your cat’s lips to check their gums and teeth, you may notice yellow or brown deposits on the teeth and around the gum line. The build-up of plaque and tartar can be dangerous enough to warrant a professional cleaning by a vet. Older cats should be examined by the vet, and they may need cleaning. During this cleaning, the vet or veterinary assistant will sedate the cat and use a variety of tools to remove the plaque buildup.

Like humans, poor oral hygiene leads to many other important health conditions. It can not only lead to tooth loss, pain, and gum inflammation, but it can also transfer harmful bacteria to the kidneys and heart. It can lead to kidney disease. Therefore, bad breath could also be a sign of impending kidney disease in your cat.

The sooner you start brushing your cat’s teeth, the easier it will be to keep her teeth healthy. Getting older cats accustomed to brushing their teeth or even checking their mouths may take some time and a lot of praise, but it can be an enjoyable experience for them in the long run. It is a good idea to make sure your vet checks your cat dental treats(especially older cats) at every veterinary examination.

Who knew that caring for your cat’s teeth could prevent future health problems? If your cat has bad breath that does not go away, it could be an indication of other health problems, so take her to the vet for a check-up. Taking proper dental procedures for cats will ensure the best quality of life for your cat.

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