Cat owners love their feline companions for many reasons, including cats’ ability to take care of themselves in ways that other pets cannot—after all, most cats are able to keep themselves cleaned and groomed with little help from their owners, and they don’t need to be let outside every few hours to go to the bathroom. However, there’s an important aspect of care that cats can’t handle themselves and that many people overlook—oral health care. Continue reading for an overview of dental care for cats and what you can do to support your feline friend’s oral health.
Why Oral Health Is Important for Cats
Just like people, cats can suffer from painful and even dangerous infections in their mouth if they do not receive proper oral health care. Gum disease is a common problem among cats—it occurs due to a buildup of plaque along the gum line that irritates the gums, causing them to become inflamed. If left untreated, gum disease can cause the gums to loosen and even lead to tooth loss. Tooth decay due to plaque buildup is another oral health concern for cats, as are tooth infections. If infections are not treated promptly, they can spread to other areas. Oral health in cats has been linked to health in other parts of the body, including the heart and kidneys.
How You Can Maintain Your Cat’s Oral Health
There are two main components to oral health care for cats: at-home care and veterinary care. At home, you can provide your cat with tooth-friendly treats and toys. It’s also important to brush your cat’s teeth. While using a toothbrush is ideal, you can also use gauze to wipe toothpaste made for cats onto your cat’s teeth, or opt for dental wipes designed for cats. In addition to taking care of your cat’s teeth and gums at home, you should schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings with your vet. This will allow your vet to check for signs of oral health problems and remove built-up plaque and tartar.
At Pet Kare Clinic in Steamboat Springs, CO, you’ll find a range of veterinary services, including dental cleanings for cats. The veterinary care team there also provides routine exams, vaccinations, emergency surgery, and more. Schedule an appointment by calling (970) 879-5273 today.