Kitty cats and dental hygiene
Cats are masters at hiding their pain, including when they have a toothache or feel discomfort when they eat. Sadly, this can have a serious impact.
By age three, cats can have serious gingivitis and periodontal disease, which progresses slowly so they learn to adapt to the pain. But annual vet trips to assess your feline’s oral health can help prevent a painful, expensive surgery, along with these strategies:
Regularly check your cat’s teeth and gums to make sure they look clean and smell fresh.
Watch out for bleeding gums, drooling and bad breath, which can be symptoms of tooth decay and/or gum disease.
Brush your cat’s teeth each day (BYO helmet) and, with vet advice, try adding dry food or cat dental chews to their diet to target plaque and tartar formation and accumulation.
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