Top Toys for Cats
The American Association of Feline Practitioners recognizes the importance of oral care and dental hygiene in cats. Proper oral care can prevent many health conditions as your cat ages. It also helps cats enjoy their food and quiet time because they don’t have dental pain. If you want to be proactive in your cat’s dental hygiene and oral care, here’s what you need to know.
Give Fresh Water
After eating kibble or wet food, most cats want to drink fresh water. You should always have a bowl of freshwater beside your cat’s food bowls. A small water fountain that aerates water all day is a good option as well. If food debris accumulates in your cat’s teeth, bacteria will multiply and cause gingivitis. Clean water washes away the bits of food in your cat’s mouth.
Do Not Dismiss Foul Breath
It’s natural for your cat to have a fishy breath. This is what experts call “kitty breath”. If you smell a foul-smelling odor coming out of your cat’s mouth, then your cat has a dental issue. Drooling usually accompanies the odor if there is tooth decay or gum disease. Once there’s bleeding in your cat’s gums, you should bring your cat for deep cleaning. By then, your vet may recommend a tooth extraction procedure.
Practice Daily Dental Care Routine
Brushing your cat’s teeth may not be easy at first, but eventually, your cat will get used to the attention. You should stick to the routine. Animal behaviorists say that consistency helps establish any routine more quickly.
Massage the Gums
You should massage your cat’s gums during brushing. Note that the color of your cat’s gums should be pink (healthy) and not red (irritated). Gum massage helps heal the gums more quickly. It also strengthens your cat’s gums, protecting it from future issues.
Give a Dental Diet
Ask your veterinarian about a diet that can improve your cat’s dental health. It helps reduce and even eliminate dental problems. A dental diet can also help maintain your cat’s oral health.
Get Dental Treats
Some delicious cat treats can remove tartar from your cat’s teeth. These products are recognized by the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council). You can give your cats these dental treats after your brushing session as a reward.
Bring Your Cat in for a Dental Check
Your veterinarian will check your cat’s mouth for signs of tissue infection, damaged dentition, or tartar (dental calculus). Tartar tends to form irritation and inflammation spots. These areas become a warm home for bacteria to thrive. Any tooth loss may indicate that your cat is suffering from current oral disease or had previous trauma.
When your cat has a healthy mouth, you can be sure that your fluffy companion is always calm and loving. At The Little Cat Clinic, we always tell our cat parents to be vigilant when it comes to their cats’ dental health. Please visit our clinic in La Mesa, California, for a one-on-one consultation. You can also call us at 619-465-4900 or 619-547-0900 if you want to schedule an appointment or make inquiries about oral care and dental hygiene for cats.