As it’s National Pet Dental Health Month, it’s as good a time as ever to make sure you’re doing the best you can for your cat’s teeth and gums. But do you know the best way to keep your cat’s mouth clean? You may be new to cat ownership or not really have considered it an issue before.
So here is some guidance from the team at Clent Hills Vets, who are also happy to answer any queries you may have when you call on 01527 889810 or contact us.
It’s important to regularly check your cat’s teeth and gums, to make sure the teeth are white and not in any way chipped and that the gums are pink and healthy and don’t have any sores or swellings. If they do this could indicate gum disease, which might also mean an underlying health problem.
If you spot any such issues you should make an appointment to get your cat checked over and, at the same time, we can show you how to clean their teeth.
The best way to do this is by using a special finger glove or cat toothbrush and some feline-formulated toothpaste. Because cats often eat a lot of soft food, rather than chewing on grass and bones as they would in the wild, they don’t have a diet that lends itself to keeping their teeth clean.
Other things that can help in this respect are dental treats, chews, special diets and even mouth rinses and sprays, but again it’s best to seek advice from Clent Hills Vets as to which products might be most suitable for your pet.
Keeping your cat’s teeth and gums healthy will ensure a better quality of life – most of us will have experienced the pain of a toothache and it is no less distressing for a cat. If they aren’t able to properly eat or drink it’s obviously going to have a knock-on effect in other areas of their health.
So why not make an appointment to meet with one of our nurses who will check you cat’s teeth and show you how to clean them? We are always happy to answer your questions too when you call us on 01527 889810.