You never miss your annual trips to the dentist, and of course you make sure your children have their regular cleanings as well. When thinking about oral hygiene, you should also consider that your feline friends have around 30 teeth that they depend on for chewing their food and staying healthy. Cats like to do their own thing, so it might be difficult to imagine encouraging your feline to allow you to brush his teeth. But, you would be surprised at what a little bit of coaxing can actually do. It is important to take dental health issues seriously with cats, and to start good habits early by providing regular checkups.
Cats need a workout for their bones and gums just like people and dogs do. You might not see a cat with a big juicy bone. However, when outdoors, you will notice that cats chew on grass quite often. This is the cat equivalent to flossing. Cats have breath that smells a little bit fishy, but this is considered normal, unless their breath is especially foul. This can be a sign of more significant dental health issues or even a physical problem. If your cat has breath that has a persistently bad smell, take it to a veterinarian for an examination of their gums and teeth. It is essential that this gets taken care of, because gum and tooth problems can lead to issues with internal organs, such as the kidneys.
You may notice that your cats’ gums bleed from time to time. This is not necessarily cause for alarm, as long as it isn’t excessive. Hard cat food gives teeth and gums a work out, and can be beneficial for your cats’ teeth. A bit of bleeding can be small spots of blood that may appear if you haven’t flossed your teeth for a while. However, if it happens regularly and excessively, have your cats’ gums and teeth checked out.
Get into the habit of cleaning your cats’ teeth on a regular basis. Take some gauze, dip it in specially designed toothpaste for pets, and scrub your cats’ teeth. This might be a challenge at first, and you are likely to be met with resistance. You may want to try dipping the gauze and paste into tuna water so that you have a taste your cat likes. Once your cat allows you to do this, periodically clean your pets’ teeth. You may be able to use a toothbrush with the toothpaste after a few initial attempts.
There are many treats on the market designed to cleanse pets teeth. Tartar control snacks are popular for both cat and dog lovers, but don’t rely on them as the sole means for dental health. You can give your cat bones to chew on, just make sure the bones are not chicken or fish. These bones can splinter easily and damage the gums. Your cat will appreciate everything you’re doing to help preserve its precious teeth. Just as with humans, a healthy feline mouth is conducive to general physical health.