Just because the only prey your cat may be chasing these days are cat nip and stuffed toys, doesn’t mean there teeth should be neglected. Healthy teeth and gums will increase the overall health of your cat. Preventative dental care and teeth cleanings will reduce many potential health risks for your pet.
Here are our top tips for assessing your cat’s dental needs:
While your cat’s breath may not smell minty fresh, it should not have an offensive smell either. Bad breathe could be a sign of gum disease or digestive issues.
Use your hands to gently inspect your cat’s gums. The gums should be pink and firmly attached to the animal’s teeth. Swollen gums can be a sign of serious gum disease. If left untreated it may result in tooth loss and lead to kidney disease and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.
Check to see if there is a buildup of brownish tartar around the tops of the teeth. Regular teeth cleanings will help to eliminate bacteria and decay.
Chew toys are a great way to entertain your cat, satisfy their natural desire to chew and also help to strengthen their teeth. Chewing on toys will help stimulate the gums and remove tartar.
Proper dental care will impact your cat’s overall health. Call us today to schedule a cleaning!