Cat Teeth

We all know that dogs need to have their teeth brushed but did you know that your cat needs it too?The idea of brushing your cats teeth may be daunting, but it can be much easier that you think. Here are some tips to get your cat

1. What is Bad Breath?

Yes, most of us agree that cats don’t have the greatest breath. But it is not typically terrible. Most of the time their breath should go unnoticed. Typically by the time you notice that your cat has bad breath, it means there is an issue. What their breath should smell like is cat food. When looking to figure out if it is cat food breath or something more is breath that smells really gross and offensive. Take a quick whiff of your cats breath and if you notice an abnormally strong odor, he may have a digestive issue or a gum condition like gingivitis. So if your cat has super stinky breath it is likely time to take him to the vet and get a teeth cleaning and a checkup.

2. Lip Service

Gums are the secret window to your pets health. Lift up your cat’s lips and take a look at her gums. The should be firm and pink, not white or red. They should show no signs of swelling. The teeth should be white and clean from brownish tartar, and they should not be loose or broken. If you see brownish tartar, swollen red gums or broken teeth, it may be time for a dental exam. Thankfully this can be done easily at your Albuquerque Vetco during a normal veterinary examin.

3. A problem mouth

How do you know if your cat has a problem with his mouth?

  • Dark red line along the gums
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Ulcers on gums or tongue
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus
  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Excessive drooling
  • Excessive pawing at the mouth area

4. The Danger of Swelling

Swelling is always a sign that something is wrong, whether it is on the body or in the mouth. At any sign of gum inflammation, you should take your cat in for a veterinary exam. If left untreated, gum disease can develop, possibly leading to tooth loss or inability to eat. Inflammation may also point to an internal problem like kidney disease orFeline Immunodeficiency Virus.

5. Rotting Away with Tooth Decay

Cat’s are not that different than people. They get plaque and tartar just like we do, and for the same reasons. Bacteria and plaque-forming foods can cause a buildup on a cat’s teeth. This can harden into tartar, possibly causing gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss. Regular brushing and teeth cleanings can prevent tooth decay.

6. Brush brush brush

All you’ll need to brush your cat’s teeth are cotton swabs and a small toothbrush and tube of toothpaste formulated for felines. You can also use salt and water. Ask your vet to suggest the brushing supplies that he trusts, and be sure NEVER to use toothpaste designed for people-the ingredients can be unhealthy for your cat. Not quite sure how to brush your cats teeth, check out these great blogs that will show you how to brush a cats teeth.

7. Eat for Your Teeth

What you eat affects your teeth. Some cat food is high in ingredients that may cause tartar which leads to plaque and tooth decay.  If your cat has dental problems you may want to feed him food that will help prevent dental health issues like tartar and tooth decay. Talk to your vet about food options.

8. The Professional

After all the at-home care, sometimes you just need to get their teeth cleaned. Your vet can quickly, safely, and easily clean your cat’s teeth. It is a simple procedure done in the office. Just like with people, all the brushing in the world can’t keep the dentist away, but it will reduce gum disease, periodontal disease, cavities, and bone loss. An annual cleaning will get the tartar and plaque that the brush doesn’t get off. It is a good idea to get your cat’s teeth cleaned annually. Call and make your appointment today