We have already mentioned this in previous blogs: cats are experts when it comes to hiding their pain. Especially (painful) dental problems. Roughly 70-80% of cats have encountered dental issues, but most cat owners have no clue. Unfortunately, a cat is not able to say when it’s in pain. Even when they could, they would probably still try to hide it! In this blog we will discuss some common dental issues and how to recognize them.
In a perfect world, you would be able to check your cat’s teeth on a regular basis. However, most cats don’t really appreciate it when you use your best dentist skills. If you’re lucky, you can get a glimpse of their teeth when they are yawning. You can also train your cat to allow you to lift their upper lip. As you may suspect, this will take some patience but it will allow you to check out their teeth and gums. Every step forward is a step closer to success!
Here a few symptoms that may reveal your cat is having dental issues:
- Bad breath
- Pain or aggression when you try to check their teeth
- When you notice your cat drops food out of its mouth (or more than usual)
- Don’t want to eat hard food anymore
- Red, swollen or bleeding gums
- Your cat meows while eating
- Losing weight because they eat less
Of course you want to prevent these symptoms, because this means there is already a dental problem.
We could give you some common diseases, but we will spare you’re the details. If you suspect any problem or recognize anything of the mentioned behavior above, please see a vet right away! They have the necessary tools and expertise to get your purry friend well as soon as possible.
The key to keeping your cat’s teeth healthy is prevention. There are some easy methods you can apply at home, but it also necessary to visit your vet regularly to check their teeth. Don’t you bring a visit to the dentist as well at least once a year? Start tooth brushing your cat on a regular basis to remove plaque when they are still a kitten. This way, they will get used to it. If they really won’t allow it, dental wipes can also be a solution at home.
Better teeth, better health!
My Purry Friends