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Looking After Your Cat’s Teeth

As well as regular fleaing and worming, ensuring your cat has a good oral hygiene routine is vital to their health and wellbeing.

Your cat’s oral health can be a good indicator to their overall health, and can be an easy way of noticing any potential health problems. That is why it is vital that you check your cat’s teeth at least once a week.

If you notice your cats’s gums are swollen, red or if you can smell an unpleasant odour coming from their mouth, then a trip to see your vet should be your first port of call. Redness and pungent smells could be a sign of tooth rot. Seeing signs of noticeable change in your cats teeth or gums is an important first indicator that your cat might be an underlying problem.

While brushing is the most effective way to help reduce plaque build up and maintain healthy teeth, actually sitting down to successfully do it is another matter. Some cats will not take kindly to a brush being inserted in to their mouths, and it could be a stressful situation for both of you.

You can buy a range of brushes, from traditional plastic ones to brushes you wear on your finger. The most common way to get your cat to adjust to having their teeth cleaned, is to put a bit of the toothpaste on your finger and let them lick it. Build up slowly, sometimes brushing one tooth at a time until they are more settled during the process.

If brushing is a struggle to begin with, you can buy different food and water supplements to help keep on top of their teeth. If you want to find out more about what is out there, you can speak to our vet who will be able to help guide you.

If your cat has particularly bad teeth, your vet may recommend sedation and a plaque scrape, or in extreme cases tooth removal. That’s why its so vital to keep your felines teeth in top shape.

Brushing is the best way to look after you cat’s teeth, but you can supplement it with a Prescription Diet food, specially designed to help look after their teeth.

It is always recommended that you speak to your vet before putting your cat on to a prescription diet. Once you’ve spoken to them they might recommend Hills Prescription Diet T/D feline cat food. This food is ideal to be used in the management of dental disease, gingivitis, dental plaque, stain and tartar and oral malodour. The formulation of the food and the biscuit composition work together to wipe the teeth as the cat eats, reducing stains, plaque and tartar build-up. They may also suggest Royal Canin Feline Dental cat food, which is ideal for daily oral hygiene in adult cats. This food helps to limit the development of dental plaque and tartar and helps fight bad breath.

No matter what food your vet may recommend, this will only be for use as part of their overall routine and should not be used on it’s own. Brushing is always the best, and most effective way to look after your cat’s teeth.

Remember, if you ever have any concerns about the state of your cat’s teeth, go to your vet. You cannot put a price on their health, and you want to be seeing your cat smile for many years to come.

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