Oral Health and your Kitty

Your Pets Dental Needs

Sure taking care of a cat is a big responsibility. But did you know that they also need their teeth taken care of on a daily basis? And that 70% of cats show signs of oral and dental disease by age 3? But there are things you can do.

Plaque Attack

There are over 300 types of bacteria that naturally take residence inside your little buddy’s mouth. And when your cat eats, small food particles and saliva combine with the bacteria and your pet gets something that you probably remember hearing from your own dentist – plaque. Then calcium in your pet’s saliva hardens the plaque, resulting in a hard yellow-brown deposit on his teeth called tartar.

Behavior Problem

Your cat lets you know a lot about how they’re feeling through the way they behave. And where periodontal disease is concerned, it’s no different. So how does a cat tell you that her teeth hurt? There’s quite a few ways:

  • Difficulty Eating or Chewing
  • Excessive Chewing
  • Pawing at the Mouth
  • Irritability
  • Reluctance to Chew Toys
  • Depression

Of course a lot of these symptoms could mean any number of issues, so it’s always important to let a trained professional diagnose any problems your pet might be having.

Go on the Defense

There are three preventive measures you can take to insure that your pet’s oral hygiene doesn’t become a problem. They’re often referred to as “the 3Ds”. The first one is Daily Brushing. When you brush your pet’s teeth on a daily basis, you’ll be removing plaque and slowing the development of tartar. One of the easiest ways to do this is with a finger brush, which is available online and at almost any pet store. And don’t forget to reward your pet afterwards with some playtime!

Go to the Dentist

The second D is dentistry. Just like you, your pet could benefit from annual or semi-annual cleanings. In the world of vets they refer to it as a dental prophylaxis. Besides helping keep your pets teeth and gums healthy, it’s the only way to remove tartar.

Go to the Store

The third D is Diet. Dry food can be especially beneficial for oral health because the mechanical, brushing action of dry kibble helps remove plaque and works to scrub teeth clean.

Happy Cat

Nobody likes dealing with tooth decay – your pet included. And even though they can’t talk, that doesn’t mean they aren’t in pain. But armed with the 3D’s of dental hygiene, your furry friend is sure to be happy and healthy for a long, long time.