Cats, just like any other pet, need regular care from the veterinarian which includes dental exams and cleanings. Dental disease is one of the most common diseases seen in cats which can also lead to long-term health problems, pain, and difficulty eating. To better maintain your kitty’s oral health, follow these guidelines for preventative feline dental care.
Work toward brushing at home.
If you have a nervous cat, tooth brushing may not sound practical. To get your cat used to brushing at home, start slowly by touching the mouth more frequently while petting your cat or gently wiping the teeth with gauze. Eventually, you can introduce a pet toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste designed for use in cats. Never use human toothpaste for your pet. If your cat simply won’t tolerate brushing the teeth, you can try these dental wipes are a helpful alternative to at-home-brushing that many pet parents have found great success with. The Cat Hospital of Portland is also a great resource for identifying alternatives for keeping your cat’s teeth healthy.
Ask your veterinarian for recommendations on food and treats.
Certain treats and varieties of cat food are formulated to help keep the teeth clean and healthy. For cats with existing dental issues, a prescription diet may be recommended. Otherwise, you can simply offer tartar-control treats and chews several times per week.
Shop for the right cat toys.
Fortunately, dental care for cats doesn’t have to be a battle. Look for cat toys that contain enzymes to help reduce plaque and tartar in your cat’s mouth.
The Cat & Dog Hospital of Portland is your best resource for your cat’s oral care routine. Give us a call at 503-235-7005 to schedule a dental exam or cleaning for your feline friend.