The Best Ways To Keep On Top Of Your Cat’s Dental Health

Cats are often very low-maintenance pets, so sometimes it feels like they are almost entirely self-sufficient. However, cats need a certain level of care to keep them healthy and happy. While your cat may be more than capable of grooming itself, they lack of thumbs prevents them from taking care of their own dental hygiene.

Girraween Veterinary Hospital offer a wide range of cat dental services to keep your cat’s teeth at their best. We also provide advice to cat-owners to help them establish good cat dental routines at home. Here are our recommendations on how to stay on top of your cat’s dental health.

Dental diet

One thing you can be doing every day to maintain your cat’s dental hygiene is provide them with food that supports cat dental health. Girraween Veterinary Hospital stock Hill’s Prescription Diet cat food, which are designed to give your cat all the nutrients they need to live well. Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d Feline biscuits are uniquely shaped with a fibre matrix that clean the surfaces of your cat’s teeth of any plaque build-up. These biscuits promote overall dental health and your cat is going to love the taste. If you are interested in purchasing a bag, come on down to the clinic so we can have a chat and answer any questions you may have.

Brush their teeth

Cats need their teeth brushed almost as often as you do to prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay, and gum disease. You can brush your cat’s teeth using a special toothbrush designed for cats or a finger toothbrush if you need more flexibility. Cat’s cannot use human toothpaste as it contains xylitol, which is incredibly toxic for cats. Instead, purchase a toothpaste designed for cats, which will usually taste like chicken or something appetizing to your cat.

If you develop a routine, your cat teeth cleaning routine will become normal very quickly. Start the process by following these steps:

  • Make sure your cat is relaxed. Pick a time when they are approachable (perhaps when they’re lounging in the sun). Try to sit in a way that is not threatening.
  • Let them grow accustomed to you touching their mouth. Start slowly by patting their muzzle, progressing until they let you touch their teeth and gums.
  • Let your cat try the toothpaste. Find out if your cat enjoys the flavour you have bought. If they do, try letting them lick it off the toothbrush so they associate the brush with the good taste.
  • Start slowly brushing in circular motions. Be gentle and soothing as you brush their teeth, making sure they remain relaxed and comfortable. Do not forget to get the teeth at the very back!
  • Reward them with a treat or a toy. When you have finished brushing, make sure you reward your cat for their good behaviour, reinforcing the desired behaviour for next time.

Give them fresh water with an oral rinse

Drinking water allows your cat to wash away any food debris in their mouths, plus they love drinking fresh water. A simple way to maintain cat dental health is to add an oral rinse to their water bowl. This kills harmful bacteria, prevents plaque build-up, and freshens their breath.

Regular check-ups

Girraween Veterinary Hospital have a huge range of cat dental services on offer including cat teeth cleaning. Regular check-ups allow our vets to assess your cat for any dental issues and provide suggestions on measures to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Check-ups also allow us to recommend new products for you to use with your cat at home! If you’d like to organise a cat dental appointment, give us a call today!

Dental Treats

Girraween Veterinary Hospital stocks Greenies Dental Treats made for with cats in mind. They are great tasting—come in a savory salmon or tasty chicken flavor and cats love them! Plus, they clean their teeth in a very non-invasive manner!

Keep an eye out for any red flags

There are some telltale signs of cat dental concerns of which you should be aware. Book an appointment with your vet if your cat:

  • Has bad breath. Rancid breath can be a sign of tooth decay, gingivitis, and other gum diseases.
  • Bleeding gums. This can be normal if you have only just started brushing your cat’s teeth and should stop if you brush more gently. However, if it persists every time, organise an appointment with the vet.
  • Gum inflammation. This can be extremely uncomfortable for your cat and could indicate decay or infection. Additionally, if your cat’s gums are a lighter colour, it could be a sign of anemia.
  • Excessive drooling. Pawing at the face and excessive drooling indicates that your cat is in pain and it could be the result of tooth decay or an abscess. Your vet with be able to examine your cat further to rule out possible causes.
  • Difficulty chewing. If your cat’s eating habits change at all, it could be cause for alarm. If they seem to be finding it difficult to chew or they stop eating altogether, bring them in as soon as possible.

Organise an appointment today!

If your cat is demonstrating any of the above, please do not hesitate to bring them into the Girraween Veterinary Hospital. Our broad range of cat dental services makes us well equipped to handle any number of cat dental maladies. If your issue is not an emergency, you can always call us up or drop in for some free advice on how to maintain your cat’s dental health. So, book an appointment online or give us a call on (08) 8983 1183.

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