It is estimated that about 80 percent of cats over the age of two suffer from gum disease. When food particles and bacteria accumulate along the cat’s gumline, it can lead to the formation of plaque, causing gum irritation and gingivitis when the gums become inflamed. This disease can cause much pain and result in the loss of appetite. Yet it can be easily avoided by providing your cat proper dental care. Maintaining clean teeth and gums in Kitty also contribute to its overall health, saving you hefty vet bills and ensuring your cat lives a long and healthy life.
As cats are adept at masking their pain, it is crucial that you observe it closely and send it for regular check ups. By diagnosing and treating the problem early, your cat will suffer less and stand a higher chance of recovery. Some of the symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Bad breath
- Yellow deposits on the teeth
- Unwillingness to eat
- Pus around the teeth
The key to maintaining oral health is to brush your cat’s teeth on a regular basis. Pet toothbrushes and toothpaste can do the job but if your cat doesn’t tolerate a toothbrush, you can simply use a damp cloth to rub wrapped around your finger to rub against its teeth and gums. Daily brushing will be ideal for optimum oral well-being but your cat can get by with cleaning twice or thrice a week too. Keep the brushing short and pleasant, giving it a treat or two before and after brushing for its cooperation.
If you feed your cat canned food, try alternating it with kibble. The abrasive action of the dry food against the teeth helps to prevent the accumulation of plaque. Providing Kitty some chew toys can also help to keep its teeth and gums clean.