Find out how to prevent dental problems in cats
April 14, 2017
Spotting dental problems in cats
Cats are famous for hiding illness, so it can be hard to tell if they have a dental problem. But, given that we know some 80% of cats have gum disease by the age of three, it is likely this will affect your cat at some point.
To stay on top of your cat’s dental hygiene, why not book a dental check-up with one of our veterinary nurses? This will set your mind at rest that your cat isn’t suffering, and you can stock up on lots of dental advice at the same time.
Signs of dental problems in cats
If your cat is suffering from dental health problems it may show symptoms including the following:
- Bad breath
- Reduced appetite
- Discomfort when eating
- Weight loss
- Reduced grooming (poor coat condition)
- Pawing at the mouth
Checking your cat’s teeth
You can examine your cat’s teeth yourself but be sure not to get bitten or clawed. Here’s what you’re checking for:
- Gums that are painful, red, swollen or bleed easily
- Gums that have receded
- Lumps on the gums
- Yellow material on the teeth (plaque)
- Hard, brown material on the teeth (tartar)
- Loose, broken or missing teeth
Prevention of cat teeth problems
It is important to catch dental problems early because advanced disease is unpleasant for your cat and can lead to other health issues – plus it can be expensive to treat.
With a few simple steps you can prevent problems from arising in the first place. The best way to do this is to brush your cat’s teeth. Acceptance may be a problem, though, so be sure to take advice before starting.