Healthy teeth and a healthy mouth are just as important for our pets as they are for us! Poor oral hygiene can lead to serious health problems and even affect the kidneys, the cardiovascular system, and other core bodily functions.
If you’ve ever had a toothache or gum pain, you know how unbearable it can be. You head straight to the dentist, right? Unfortunately, dental disease isn’t as easy to detect in cats because they’re really good at hiding symptoms and pain.
How can you detect if you cat is experiencing dental problems? Be on the lookout for:
- Bad breath
- Appetite loss
- Weight loss
- Teeth grinding
- Teeth chattering or other noises
- Frequent swallowing
- Loss of interest in self-grooming
- Runny nose
- Unexplained changes in behaviour or habits (like lying down a different way or in a new place)
Some kitties are more prone to tartar buildup, but regardless, all cats need routine checkups and monitoring.
Take care of your cat’s teeth and check them regularly to prevent dental issues like gingivitis and periodontal disease.
For more pointers on feline dental care, talk to your Globalvet team!