How to Care for Your Cat’s Teeth

Cat Brushing teeth

Intro to Cat Teeth…

Cat teeth are delicate and sensitive to a various number of factors. These factors consist of diet, hydration, lifestyle, and hygiene. Does that sound familiar? in regards to dental health; humans and cats aren’t that much different.

Bad Breath…

Cats and all animals may have an “earthy” or “gamy” breath style that is not the same as humans; and this is normal. However, there are moments where your cat’s breath is atrocious and tat is a sign that it’s time to take your cat to the veterinarian. Obnoxiously bad breath isa sign that there are underlying health issue and possible infections.

Annual Checkup…

Just as humans visit the dentist once a year at minimum, it’s important to follow up with your veterinarian in regards to your cat’s dental health. This can provide valuable insight into whether or not there are an issues present within your cat’s dental health spectrum.

Implement a Cleaning Regimen…

Some cats may be fussy in when confronted with a toothbrush, and on the other hand, some may enjoy the process. It ultimately depends on your cat’s temperament and personality. Good tip is to put a dab of tuna water on the toothpaste that is o the toothbrush and this will persuade the cat to enjoy th process just enough to have a thorough brushing completed. It’s VERY important to note that you do NOT want to use human toothpaste on your cat’s teeth. The fluoride within toothpaste can cause your cat to become severely ill and possibly die. The best toothpastes can be recommend by your veterinarian or by the local pet store nearest you.

Gums…

Cat’s gums are just as vital to them as our gums are vital to us. They provide an anchor for the teeth and provide a gateway for nutrients and minerals to be supplied to the teeth. In addition to thoroughly brushing the gums, make sure to massage the gums as well. This increase blood flow and accelerates healing if there are any ailments or infections within the gum line.

Diet…

As with humans, diet is crucial to a healthy body and mouth. The same goes for cats! Cats need to have a balanced diet, preferably natural and real food, as opposed to processed/cheap dry food. Consuming a whole. real-food diet promotes a more natural balance within the cat’s body and allows your cat to maintain their health for an extended period of time. This helps reduce the chance that your cat may develop some ailment or issue due to their poor diet.

Are treats okay?…

Treats should be avoided as much as possible, but if you nat resist rewarding your cat for their good behavior or just because they’re so darn cute, then you’ll want to reward them with tartar control treats/chews that are made for cleaning your cat’s teeth and promoting dental health.

Don’t wait…

If you suspect your cat is experiencing any health issues, but especially dental health issues, be sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible with your veterinarian. This will ensure that the current problem is solved and it will also ensure that future problems will be prevent to the best of the veterinarian’s ability.

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