Dental Hygiene For Your Cat
Playtime with the pups! Enjoying the last of fall!
Jake and Maggie love playing frisbee and especially love jumping in and out of our square shrub designs. We have a little mole that messes up our mulch all of the time. He was hiding for these pictures :-). I apologize for not including pictures of cats or kittens for this cat post as I do not own one. You will have to just accept Jake and Maggie cute faces instead :-).
- When your cat yawns or lets you touch her face, look at her gums. Healthy gums are bright pink, according to Vetwest Animal Hospitals.
- If your cat’s gums are white, bright red, or even tinged with yellow, she may have an infection or a serious condition such as liver disease.
- Strong, sharp teeth are equally important for pet parents to maintain. Your cat has thirty adult teeth, and they should be white, without any signs of yellow or brown plaque or tartar (the hard, scaly, or sticky deposits that cause tooth decay and oral disease).
- A normal cat tongue should be pink. Cat Health writes that if your pet’s tongue is pale white, she may be suffering from anemia, and you should take her to the vet immediately.
- A cat with bad breath can also be a sign that your cat is dealing with some oral issues.
- First, let your cat get used to having her mouth touched. The sooner the better
- Take a moment every day to gently rub her face, and lift up her lips to look in her mouth.
- Once she’s comfortable with that, you can put a small amount of toothpaste on your finger and let her lick it off. Feline toothpaste comes in flavors like chicken and seafood, so she may even view it as a treat.
- Next, try gently rubbing your finger over her teeth. Once she gets used to the feeling, try an actual feline toothbrush. Don’t forget: You should never brush your cat’s teeth with a human toothbrush or human toothpaste, which contains ingredients that can irritate her stomach and make her very sick.
- Try an oral rinse
- Drinking water additives
- Pet dental chews
- Specially formulated pet food like Hills Science Diet Adult Oral Care Cat Food which helps to reduce plaque and tarter
- Take your cat to the vet for a professional oral cleaning which can remove tarter in areas you can’t and allow for x-rays to make sure there is no periodontal disease, abscesses, infections, broken teeth. This comprehensive cleaning is usually performed under anesthesia.
- Eating difficulties
- Problem gums
- Stained teeth
- Loose and broken teeth
- Tumors on gums
- Pawing and drooling
- Broken teeth
- Tooth resorption
- Stomatitis’s mouth
- Absolutely not. Human dentifrice or toothpaste should never be used in cats. Human teeth cleaning detergents contain ingredients that are not intended to be swallowed and can cause stomach problems in cats.
- You should also avoid using baking soda to clean your cat’s teeth. Baking soda has a high alkaline content and, if swallowed, it can upset the acid balance in the stomach and digestive tract. In addition, baking soda does not taste good, which may cause your cat to be uncooperative when you try to brush her teeth.
Why is pet toothpaste recommended?
- Pet toothpastes are considered safe to be swallowed and are available in flavors that are appealing to cats including poultry, beef, malt, and mint. If you use a product that tastes good, your cat will be more likely to enjoy the whole experience.
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