Bad Breath: 8 Tips For Cat Teeth

Cat Teeth
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

4th of July Microchip!

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microchip albuquerqueThe 4th of July is coming up and it is time to get your pet their microchip.  You may be wondering what the 4th of July has to do with microchips. Did you know that more dogs go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year? The reason behind that is the noise. Fireworks can be really scary for dogs. When they hear them go off, they often try to hide for safety. Sometimes hiding means running from the noise, which can mean running out of your house, your yard or your bbq.  It is really easy for them to get lost in all the confusion of the holiday.

One of the best ways to ensure that your pup make it back to you is to have them microchipped. That way if they do get lost, they are easily returned to you when they are found.

Microchips are easy and quick to get. Bring your pet into our daily walk-in shot clinic and they can implant the chip in a matter of minutes. It is an easy procedure that does not require any overnight stays or anesthesia.

Remember, microchips are not just for dogs. You should make sure your cat has their chip as well.

Exercise Your Fat Cat

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Fat cat thin cat weight loss albuquerque

We love fat cats. Look at Garfield, he is a long-standing national cat hero! But fat cats are not healthy cats. Almost 50 million cats in the US are obese. An obese cat can lead to heart trouble, blood pressure issues, and diabetes.

A lot of people have a hard time helping their cat to lose weight. One idea is to reduce the amount of food you give them. You can also change their food to a healthier, lower fat or diet cat food. But, just like with people, the most effective way to lose weight is to exercise.

We all know that cats love to lay around the house and be wonderfully lazy, and sleep in the best possible sun spot, but that is not the path to a healthy cat.

A great way to help your cat stay healthy and trim is to play with them. I am sure you love to pet them and get some snuggle time in, but try adding about 30 minutes of real play time every day. Go out and pick up some fun cat toys, or just roll around some balls of tinfoil.

Cats love to jump in boxes or bags, even just setting one out can entire your curious feline pal. Once they are in the bag start tapping on the sides or dangle something over the top. This will drive them wild and they will likely start batting at whatever is making the noise or taunting them.

Get them a big cat post and encourage them to run up the cat post. Climbing is a great exercise for cats, and one that is mentally satisfying for them as well as it is a natural desire.

Giving your cat some catnip is a fun way to give them exercise. A lot of cats will run around and play after a good dose of catnip.

Get your cat use to doing some things, or if you have a child, let the kid chase the cat for a while, as long as the cat is being fun chased and not terrified and running for its life kind of chased.

A fit cat will live a longer and healthier life. If you are not sure about your cat’s weight, fitness, or overall health, your annual checkup is a good time to discuss this with your Albuquerque vet. Call to make an appointment today.