Feline Dental Care
Proper feline dental care is a vital part of cat health care. When plaque and tarter build up on a cat’s teeth unhealthy bacteria start to outnumber the healthy bacteria increasing the opportunity for disease and various cat health problems. This bacteria can be absorbed into the bloodstream where it can circulate and start to accumulate in the liver, kidney or heart tissue.
Keeping your cat’s teeth and gums healthy not only helps control bad breath it also helps prevent periodontal disease, joint problems and more serious cat health problems like liver or kidney disease and heart conditions. Inflammation in the mouth due to a high level of bacteria can become quite painful and prevent the cat from eating properly and absorbing enough nutrients.
Regular feline brushing is the best way to remove plaque and prevent feline dental disease. You can get cat toothbrushes and cat toothpaste at most pet stores or you can order them from online pet stores. NEVER use human toothpaste; only use toothpaste approved for pets.
Start slowly by letting your cat get used to the toothbrush without toothpaste (let her chew on and play with it). Also, let get used to the toothpaste and maybe try putting some on your finger and rubbing it on her teeth. Then start gently brushing with the toothpaste. Try not to force this routine on your cat; you don’t want it to be a negative experience because it needs to become a regular routine.
Along with brushing you may want to look into other feline dental care products. You can find additives that can be put in the food or water to help control plaque buildup. Freeze-dried dental treats are another good option. Of course, regular vet check-ups are also important for general cat health care as well as feline dental care.