The perfect smile for your cat

To get the perfect smile for your cat I will share some golden rules for enviable teeth.

Did you know that 85% of cats suffer from diseases of the teeth and gums?

As in humans, the cat’s teeth should be taken care to prevent the appearance of tartar and bacterial plaque.

Find out today how important dental hygiene is to your cat’s health. How to effectively clean his teeth and gums to get the perfect smile for your cat.

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Introduction

As in our case, in humans, the cat’s teeth must be taken care of. To avoid the appearance of tartar and bacterial plaque. These conditions can cause a lot of inconvenience to the little feline.

It is known that cats are animals that often have teeth on the teeth or inflammation of the gums. Like humans, cats have milk teeth that fall to the age of 4-6 months.

The cat uses his mouth to eat, to hunt but also to make his toilet.

If his teeth or mouth miss, he will eat less. It smells foul. It won’t wash anymore. That is why oral problems are very important. Dental hygiene is the capital for a cat’s health.

In a previous article, I presented the necessary objects when you adopt a cat. Well, today I draw your attention to some purchases that you have to make as soon as possible after adopting a cat.

Dental disorders

Tartar and bacterial plaque are the most common dental problems in cats.

The particles of food and bacteria are deposited along the gums, forming the bacterial plaque. This contributes to the appearance of infections in the gums and affects the root of the teeth.

If the plaque deposits are not removed, the minerals in the saliva, in combination with the plaque, form the tartar. It attaches very well to the tooth. Plaque deposits begin to mineralize within 3-5 days after formation. The tartar irritates the gums and can cause inflammation known as gingivitis (redness of the gums).

Gingivitis is a common condition in cats. Gums that should be pink become red and swollen and snag when we touch them. The disease causes the breath to become odorous.

Stomatitis

Stomatitis is a serious and often encountered condition in cats. The disease is manifested by inflammation of the buccal mucosa. This can extend to the pharynx. Cats who suffer from stomatitis have great pain and do not feed properly. Treatment involves washing the oral cavity with antiseptic solutions or chamomile tea. Also, lesions caused by stomatitis can be stained with methyl blue.

Periodontal disease

If the tartar is not removed in time, it will begin to deposit under the gum. It splits the tooth gum creating a kind of ‘pockets’ and encourages the formation of bacteria. At this moment the effects are irreversible.

This disease can cause great pain. It can lead to tooth loss, abscesses or infections.

If bacteria continue to develop, they can enter the bloodstream. They cause infections in the heart, liver and kidneys.

With the help of the veterinarian, the periodontal disease can be slowed down or cured.

Certain breeds of cats, such as Abyssinian, are prone to dental problems.

The main symptoms

To detect dental diseases, you must carefully follow the eating habits of the cat and some aspects regarding the behavior. Notice that the cat refuses to dry food, chews only on one side or chews very hard. It has no appetite anymore and its mouth has an unpleasant odor.

 

You notice excess saliva or even bleeding in the gums. Do not postpone, you must urgently show up to your veterinarian with your cat.

Early care

Cat’s teeth care is best to start at an early age (3-6 months). A routine dental checkup is done every 6 months. It is better to prevent than to treat. It is important to take care of the teeth of our pet because the diseases that are removed and not treated in time will affect their general health. It will cause behavioral changes.

Schedule a veterinary check of the cat every 6 months. You make sure that there does not impede maintaining the health of the little feline.

If you teach your little cat to brush your teeth, it will support these procedures more easily.

To help her not to struggle and to tolerate washing she uses a trick. Take the cat in the lap, handle it and speak quietly, easing it to relax. Remember, in the end, to prepare a delicious snack. So thank you for the way he behaved. By doing so, you will know that after brushing your teeth, a delicious meal follows. She will be very good during the procedure.

The proper brushing

For the beginning, cut a strip of gauze and wrap it on the right finger. Put on the gauze a little toothpaste for cats. Then gently massage your teeth and gums, without pressing too hard, without hurting it. It is enough to clean your teeth on one face.
Note that brushing is indicated using a special brush for animals. It also uses a special toothpaste, rich in enzymes and with a taste of chicken or fish. In no case do you use your toothpaste because animals tend to swallow it. They cannot travel their mouths. The effect produced is harmful.

Healthy teeth are an essential element in the life of your cat. Brushing your teeth with a special paste and a toothbrush for cats prevents tooth plaque from being deposited.
Ultimately, dental plaque can be prevented with the help of dry food. The hooks help to eliminate it mechanically.
Check the cat’s mouth regularly. This ensures that her teeth are clean and free of deposits. Gums should be pink, healthy.

Oral hygiene rules

 Oral hygiene is not a phrase that applies only in our case, to humans. And for cats it is important. Learning a daily routine regarding tooth care is more than necessary.

To follow them, I invite you to click here (Canada pet) or here (Best Vet Care). There you click on ,,cats” and then on ,,teeth”. You will find an interesting offer for the care of your cat’s teeth.

An effective oral care program includes:

– daily oral care ( regular brushing or cleaning of the cat’s teeth)

– regular visits to the veterinary surgeon; he will perform a detailed examination of the oral cavity to detect any plaque, tartar deposits, detect; gingivitis, periodontal disease or dental abscesses; during this examination, the veterinarian will examine the face and head of the cat, to see if there are asymmetries, swelling or abscesses; observe the oral cavity, oral mucosa and surface of the teeth and gums; it opens the mouth cat and check the internal surface of the teeth and gums, tongue, mouth sky, oral mucosa, tonsils and ventral face of the tongue.

Conclusion

You have a cat. You want it healthy. Do not neglect the oral hygiene of your little feline. And health of the heart, liver and kidneys. Just as in humans.

Learning a daily routine in terms of daycare to others is more than necessary.

Note that brushing is indicated using a special brush for animals. It also uses a special toothpaste, rich in enzymes and with a taste of chicken or fish. In no case do you use your toothpaste because animals tend to swallow it. They cannot travel their mouths. The effect produced is harmful.

Check the cat’s mouth regularly. This ensures that her teeth are clean and free of deposits. Gums should be pink, healthy.

To detect dental disorders, you must carefully follow the cat’s eating habits and some behavioral issues. Notice that the cat refuses to dry food, chews only on one side or chews very hard. It has no appetite anymore and its mouth has an unpleasant odor. You notice excess saliva or even bleeding in the gums. Do not postpone, you must urgently show up to your veterinarian with your cat.

Useful tips:

– search in pet shop special toothpaste for cats, with fish or chicken flavors.

– don’t use toothpaste for people in any form; the cat cannot brush its teeth

– if the cat’s gums bleed, it means he has a health problem; take her to the vet urgently; it will solve or improve the problem

I would be happy to leave a comment telling me about your experience in oral cat care. Or tell me your opinion about this article. Any comment is welcome. Thank you.

I’m a big cat loving, since the young baby.   My mother was great loving cats, grandmother as well.   My daughter is coming to the end. My daughter loves cats so much that she makes a second faculty: veterinary medicine.   Four generations, what do you think?

You can now learn to communicate directly with your cat.

 

 

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22 Replies to “The perfect smile for your cat”

  1. Hi, Carmen.
    Thanks for sharing your view on the perfect cat smile. I thought only humans have those teeth issues and cats being much near to nature get self-cured of such problems. Your article was an eye-opener. I learned on the dental issues of our beloved pet in detail and the video on brushing procedure made it complete. Thanks for sharing everything in detail.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

    1. Hello

      Thank you for your comment. And cats need dental care to stay healthy. 85% of them have problems if we are not aware of it. All the best to you. Carmen

  2. I must say that this is really an insightful post and i am very sure that the content of this article will be of so much help to many others, just as it has greatly helped me. This is a very detailed article on the perfect smile for your cat. this is interesting, the effect of this did not mean much to me earlier on.

    1. Hello. 
      Thank you for your comment. I am glad that my article made you aware of the importance of cleaning your cat’s teeth. It is a procedure for the prevention of certain diseases. All the best to you. Carmen

  3. An article of this quality takes a lot of time and energy to develop especially when it has to reach out to people with useful information. i also commend the beautiful website that you have created with nice templates. some thing we think are not effective, really mean much and this is what you have shown.

    1. Hi Benny. 

      Thank you for your comment. And for the appreciation of my site. I put a lot of soul into writing articles so that cat lovers can learn concrete and correct things about them. All the best for you. Carmen

  4. Hey, I learn a lot while reading your post. Learning a daily routine in terms of daycare to others is more than necessary. Healthy teeth are an essential element in the life of your cat. Brushing your teeth with a special paste and a toothbrush for cats prevents tooth plaque from being deposited. Check the cat’s mouth regularly. This ensures that her teeth are clean and free of deposits. Gums should be pink, healthy.

  5. When I saw the title of your post I thought it would be a lot of cute pictures of cats smiling, but what I came across instead was a very informative and interesting article on a topic I don’t know a lot about. I have birds and dogs and the birds are the reason I don’t have a cat, but they are adorable creatures.

    I never realized that like humans you need to take them to have their teeth checked out regularly, and I would imagine that the same applies to dogs. I think if you own any pet you should be prepared to look after it as best you can and heed this type of advice, which sadly a lot of people don’t and then only do something when their pets are in agony.

    1. Hi Michel. Thank you for your comment. You’re right, and the same procedures apply to dogs for tooth care. Besides the 18 cats, I also have 3 dogs, so I know what I’m talking about.

  6. I have liked cats all my life and I didn’t know that 85% of cats suffered from diseases of the teeth and gums. But I’ll sure take care of my cat’s dental hygiene from now on. Thanks for also recommending us to begin to take care of our cat’s teeth at an early age. I have a beautiful kitty called Snowball that is 2 months. I’ll start with her dental hygiene next month.

    1. Hi Abel.Thank you for your comment. Looks like my article came in time for Snowball. It is perfect to start prevention for your cat next month. This way she will have no problems with her teeth. All the best to you and your furry friend. Carmen

  7. I certainly had no idea that cats usually have an almost identical care routine for health related concerns such as oral care. One thing I am sure of is the importance of taking proper care of the cat, and clearly, negligence in this case would prove really costly to the cat in the long run. Truly insightful. Glad you shared.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Of course, cats also need oral care. Thus, in the long term, we prevent them from other diseases: heart, yes kidney, liver, besides stricy diseases related to denture. Carmen

  8. Hello.

    Good topic. My family have had cats all my life, and they run around outside and eats all kind of weird stuff, so it is not more than right that they get their teeth and mouth washed some times.

    I have never seen them get their mouth washed and teeth cleaned though. Maybe farm cats mouths can handle it better?

    1. Thank you for your comment. All cats need our help for oral care. So, by default, farm cats. I know it’s harder to care for these cats. My recommendation is that at least we feed them with dry food, besides the food that they buy themselves. This food helps them with oral care. Thus we prevent other diseases, such as liver, heart, kidney.

  9. Hi Carmen! I read your article and I think this topic is so important. I have a male cat and he is not very found of brushing his teeth. Do you have any advice? I heard there is also some catfood that helps for the teeth. Is that true?. He was just checked at the vet and everything looked great. 

    1. hello Hilde.Thank you for your comment. In general, any type of dry food helps to clean the teeth. I’m glad to find out that your male cat is ok with he teeth. But I suppose he is young. I recommend you start oral care for your cat, so prevent other diseases (heart, kidney, liver).

  10. Hi, thanks for sharing this with about the perfect smile for your cat . I really learnt a lot while reading your post . I do think that is only human that do have issue with their tooth , I didn’t know cat also have it and also need good personal hygiene. 

    Thanks for sharing this information once again.

    1. Thank you for your comment. In general, any type of dry food helps to clean the teeth. I’m glad to find out that your cat is ok with your teeth. But I suppose she is young. I recommend you start oral care for your cat, so prevent other diseases (heart, kidney, liver)

  11. Greetings Carmen!  We love our cats..and they are going to love us for loving your article.  I can see how important it is to make sure and check on our cats dental health.  You really helped me become more aware and  to Check our cat’s mouth regularly, and what to look for.  To make sure their teeth are clean and free of any deposits, and the gums are pink, and healthy looking.  This will ensure the perfect smile for your cat.  Meow!  Thank you.

    1. Hi Patrick. Thank you for your comment. It is advisable to worry about the oral care of our cats. This way we will prevent, besides dental problems, other diseases. If we cannot brush she’s teeth, we must give them dry food. And dry eating helps the cats oral hygiene.

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