Cat tooth decay: advice from All Creatures Healthcare
June 21, 2019
Spotting dental problems in cats
Cats are famous for hiding illness, so it can be hard to tell if they have a dental problem. But, given that we know some 80% of cats have gum disease by the age of three, it is likely this will affect your cat at some point.
To stay on top of your cat’s dental hygiene, why not book a dental check-up with one of our veterinary nurses at All Creatures Healthcare? This will set your mind at rest that your cat isn’t suffering, and you can stock up on lots of dental advice at the same time.
Our head vet Louise has put together a checklist of the symptoms to spot if you suspect your cat has poor dental health:
- Bad breath
- Reduced appetite
- Discomfort when eating
- Weight loss
- Reduced grooming (poor coat condition)
- Pawing at the mouth
- Gums that are painful, red, swollen or bleed easily
- Gums that have receded
- Lumps on the gums
- Yellow material on the teeth (plaque)
- Hard, brown material on the teeth (tartar)
- Loose, broken or missing teeth
Keeping your cat’s mouth healthy
It is important to catch dental problems early because advanced disease is unpleasant for your cat and can lead to other health issues. Plus, it can be expensive to treat.
With a few simple steps, you can prevent problems from arising in the first place:
- Brush your cat’s teeth. Acceptance may be a problem, though, so be sure to take advice before starting.
- Special dental diets, dental treats and chews may also be helpful.