10 Steps to Feline Dental Health
In addition to ensuring that your cat’s teeth stay healthy and strong, the 10 steps to feline dental health below will also help you avoid invasive and often quite expensive procedures to restore your cat’s dental health.
– Step #1 Periodic Dental Exam
It is advisable to have your cat’s teeth and gums examined by a veterinarian at least once a year to detect dental problems before they start causing severe pain or other health complications.
– Step #2 Know the Signs of Dental Problems in Cats
The most common signs of dental problems in cats include red gums, bad breath, swelling, pawing of the mouth, difficulties eating/refusing to eat, drooling, mouth ulcers or loose teeth.
– Step #3 Watch for Signs of Dental Problems
Remember that dental problems in cats can be very painful as well. So watch for signs of dental problems and have your cat examined by a vet as soon as possible if suspecting dental disease.
– Step #4 Regularly Brush Your Cat’s Teeth
This will dramatically reduce the risk of dental problems. Just make sure to use feline toothpaste because that designed for humans can cause serious harm to cats. You may ask your vet to help you select the best feline toothbrushing products.
– Step #5 Learn to Brush Your Cat’s Teeth Properly
The easiest way to do that is to ask your vet to show you how it’s done.
– Step #6 Start with Routine Tooth Brushing During Kittenhood
It is a lot easier to establish a tooth brushing routine when the cat is still a kitten. In addition, your cat will be less likely to develop dental problems latter in life.
– Step #7 Don’t Forget About the Gums
Red and irritated gums are among the most common signs of dental disease in cats. So be sure to pay attention to gums when inspecting your cat’s teeth. Also, it is recommended to periodically massage the gums to keep them healthy and promote healing.
– Step #8 Ensure that Your Cat Eats a Healthy Diet
In addition to promoting dental health, nutritionally rich and balanced diet also promotes general health and wellbeing. Note that feline dietary needs vary greatly – depending on age, weight and overall health. Ask your vet to help you select the best diet for your cat.
– Step #9 Consider Chew Toys, Tartar Control Treats and Bones
They are not a substitute for tooth brushing but may be used as a complement to the recommended feline dental care. In addition to chew toys and tartar control treats, you may also ‘treat’ your cat with bones but never give her fish, pork or chicken bones as they can cause serious injuries. Also, choose raw over cooked bones to reduce the risk of splintering.
– Step #10 Call Your Vet if Having Any Concerns About Your Cat’s Dental Health
Work closely with your vet and don’t hesitate to seek professional help or advice if you have any concerns about your cat’s dental health. In addition to causing severe pain and discomfort, dental diseases such as tooth decay can also lead to a host of other health problems including hearth disease.