Did you know that nearly 70% of cats over 3 years old have some form of dental disease? This is a huge problem for our feline friends, especially since they hide their pain, so by the time you notice they have a problem it can be very advanced. Some signs you may notice are:
- bad breath,
- chewing on one side of their mouth,
- lack of grooming
- pawing at the mouth
Plaque is formed by saliva, bacteria and food particles, and as cats can’t brush their teeth it accumulates in their mouth, quickly turning into tartar, a hard yellowish deposit on the teeth.
A build up of plaque and tartar in your cat’s mouth means there is more bacteria in their mouth; these bacteria can enter the blood stream causing damage to other organs. There are a few options for looking after your cat’s pearly whites, the gold standard is brushing their teeth regularly, but you can use other products such as dental diets or dental chews.
Your cat should be having a dental check every year to help us catch any issues early, preventing your cat from unnecessary pain and suffering. Book in with our nurses for your free dental check during June! They can help you make a plan for keeping your pet’s mouth healthy.