Maintaining Good Teeth & Oral Health
Maintaining good oral health is likely to extend and improve the quality of your cat's life.
Kittens are born with 26 baby teeth, which are replaced by 30 adult teeth by the age of six months.
Dental care is key to a happy life for your cat, and can prevent major (and expensive) vet care later in life.
Cats commonly suffer with disorders of the teeth, the jaw and the soft tissues of the mouth.
Owners may not notice that their cat is in pain because they are masters at hiding signs of discomfort and may continue to eat and drink normally.
An easy way to prevent your cat from pain and suffering through bad teeth is a good diet and regular checks with your vet.
They should examine your cat's mouth at their annual check ups.
More obvious signs of oral health issues include:
- Reduced grooming activity
- Bad breath
- Discomfort when eating
- Pawing at the mouth
- Bleeding gums
- Reduced appetite or weight loss.
If your cat develops any of these symptoms, a trip to the vet is in order.