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Kitty Dental Care

Has your cat ever bitten you, either playfully or in a moment of ‘cattitude?’ Those little teeth are sharp! Actually, taking care of your kitty’s choppers is very important. Our feline friends can develop a variety of dental problems. Dental issues are just as painful and problematic for kitties as they are for people. They can also have a severe impact on your furry pal’s health, as well as her quality of life. Here, an Orangevale, CA vet discusses caring for Fluffy’s teeth.

Common Issues

Kitties can develop many of the same dental issues as people can, such as gum disease, abscesses, misalignments, and broken teeth. They are also susceptible to stomatitis, which is a very painful mouth infection. Tooth resorption is also very common. In fact, one Portuguese study showed that it could affect as many as 68 percent of our feline friends! Ask your vet for more information.

Warning Signs

Keep an eye out for indications of dental trouble. Bad breath is a common one. You may see some swelling or visible tartar buildup. Other red flags include drooling, grumpiness, reduced interest in play, poor grooming, and withdrawal. Fluffy may also dribble food out of her mouth, take longer eating, chew on one side of her mouth, or start preferring softer food. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these warning signs.

Brushing Fluffy’s Teeth

We know, brushing your cat’s teeth sounds a bit risky. That said, it may be easier than you think to get your furry friend accustomed to having her teeth brushed. The trick is to incorporate lots of cuddles, so your pet feels pampered. Pick a time when your furry friend is feeling relaxed and cuddly. Start by gently rubbing Fluffy’s teeth and gums with your finger. You can wrap your finger in gauze, or get a finger toothbrush. The next step is to add some kitty toothpaste. Choose a yummy flavor, like fish, to make this more pleasant for your pet. When your furball decides that she’s had enough, just let her go, and resume another day. Don’t force her to submit. That’s how you get scratched! If your feline pal isn’t having it, ask your vet for advice on other options, such as dental flakes and oral rinses.

Please contact us, your Orangevale, CA vet clinic, for all your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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