As you know, it’s important to brush your own teeth. But what about your cat’s teeth? Cats, like humans, also suffer from dental disease. Therefore, some at-home cat dental care is necessary.
Cat Dental Common Conditions:
Feline dental care is perhaps the most overlooked and under-treated area in small animal treatment. Cats are affected by many of the same dental problems that affect dogs, including periodontal diseases, fractured teeth, oral growths, tooth resorption and inflammation.
The most common dental condition in cats is Feline Tooth Resorption(TR). Feline tooth resorption is an attack by the body to the teeth. It basically melts holes in the teeth. In most cases, you’d better take your cat to the veterinarian. They diagnose tooth resorption on oral examination with x-rays. Diagnostic aids include an explorer dental probe or cotton swab applied to the suspected resorption; And the best way to treating a tooth resorption is extracting the affected tooth to relief pain.
In addition to feline tooth resorption, stomatitis(an inflammatory condition) is also fairly common in cats. Symptoms in affected cats include bad breath, weight loss, difficulty swallowing, and excessive salivation.
Cat Dental: How to Brush Cat’s Teeth
The best way to prevent tooth resorption and other disease is a daily brushing routine at home that starts at a young age. And before brushing cat’s teeth for the first time, do an examination by vet. Any problems should be addressed before starting an oral care routine.
Let your cat sample the toothpaste before introducing a brush. Put a little bit on your finger and let your cat sniff and lick it. Then, you can try to put it on it’s teeth and rubbing your finger back and forth.
You should use enzymatic and pet-friendly toothpaste with your cat which can not contain fluoride and bleaches. Keep in mind that our pets don’t spit, so the toothpaste must be safe to swallow.
And then it is recommended that you should use a human pediatric soft bristle toothbrush which is the most suitable for your cats. And before brushing, do not hold your cat, just put him stay there tacitly and gently touch or rub the back teeth. It might take two weeks or more to get your cat calm enough, but you shouldn’t start brushing until your cat is ready. Each step should be repeated a few times before advancing to the next step. Sometimes, you can reward positive behaviors with it’s favorite treats.
Furthermore, You only need to brush the outside (cheek side) of your cat’s teeth, as the tongue is capable of keeping the inside of the teeth relatively plaque-free.
For some cats who won’t allow you near their teeth at all, you can choose non-brushing products which designed to help keep teeth healthy like prescription dental diets or gels and water additives. But before using these products, consult your vet to confirm whether your cat’s can be applied.
Cats can be affected by many cat dental conditions and sever disease, which once diagnosed and treated are pain-free and happy bites. Keeping your cat’s dental teeth healthy, only by this way, will guarantee your cat live longer.
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