6 Ways to Keep Your Cat’s Teeth Healthy

February is Pet Dental Health Month! Cats can suffer from a wide variety of dental issues, just like people can. However, kitties can’t really care for their own teeth, and they can’t make dental appointments for themselves. Therefore, it’s up to you to make sure your furball’s choppers are in good shape. A Happy Valley, OR vet discusses dental care for cats in this article.

Watch For Warning Signs

Keep an eye out for signs of trouble. Bad breath is a common one. You may notice your pet dribbling food, taking longer to eat, or preferring softer food. Fluffy may also act grumpy or withdrawn if her teeth hurt, and she may lose interest in her favorite catnip mouse. Call your vet immediately if you see any of these symptoms.

Regular Exams

We recommend getting your cat’s choppers checked at least once a year. You can have this done during Fluffy’s regular exams.

Establish a Cleaning Routine

It may be easier than you think to get your cat to allow you to clean her teeth. It’s best to start when Fluffy is a kitten, but adult cats can learn new things too. Choose a time when your cat is relaxed. (This shouldn’t be too difficult, given that kitties spend roughly 99% of their time sleeping.) Gently rub her teeth and gums with your finger. Wrap it in gauze, or wear a finger toothbrush. Dip it in tuna water or broth to make this more fun for your pet. When your feline pal has accepted this, you can start using a pet toothbrush.

Kitty Dental Products

Ask your vet for advice on using kitty oral rinses, dental sticks, or dental-formula treats and chews. These can all help fight plaque and tartar.

Good Food

A good diet will also help keep Fluffy’s mouth healthy. Many vets recommend a mix of wet and dry food, but this isn’t necessarily across-the-board advice. Your kitty’s exact nutritional requirements will depend on her age, weight, health, and lifestyle. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Fresh Water

Making sure Fluffy always has fresh water is important for many reasons, but it’s absolutely crucial to her oral health. Many cats actually prefer to drink running water, so consider getting your pet a kitty fountain.

Please call us, your local Happy Valley, OR vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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