Let’s face it, some of us love the smell of our cat’s breath or think that it’s just normal kitty breath. Your cat may have great teeth! Or they might need a dental. Bring your cat in for a free technician visit and find out!
Signs to keep watch for:
- Stinky breath
- Loss of appetite
- Dropping food
- Shaking their head
- Pawing at the mount
- Be abnormally aggressive or reclusive
- Not grooming themselves as much
- Bleeding or excessive salivating from the mouth
- Chattering their jaw
Cat Dental FAQs
- Why is dental care for my cat important?
- Good dental health for your cat means good overall health and comfort. Dental disease is painful for your cat, which means they may sleep more, become quieter, and have difficulty eating.
- How old should my cat be when I start bringing them to the vet for dental care?
- Cats should have dental exams yearly after they have reached 1-year-old. An exam will help to determine whether or not the cat will need to have a cleaning.
- How often should a cleaning be done?
- It all depends on the cat and on their age. That is why we recommend an annual exam – some cats need a cleaning every year, while some cats can go longer.
- What can I do to help improve my cat’s dental health at home?
- Brushing your cat’s teeth is the best way to help prevent dental disease. We also recommend Hill’s Prescription Diet T/D cat food, which is clinically proven to reduce plaque, stain, and tartar buildup. There are some dental treats that may help, cats tend to swallow their food instead of chew it, which is needed for the treats to be effective.
- How often should I brush my cat’s teeth?
- Daily, when plaque sits on the teeth for more than 48hrs it becomes tartar which is permanent. Teeth brushing will not remove tartar but will help prevent more build-up. Ask us for a technician to show you how to properly brush your cat’s teeth.
- What happens if dental disease is left untreated in my cat?
- If left untreated, the bacteria build-up in their mouth can lead to generalized infections, which can affect their whole health, and lead to problems such as heart and kidney disease.