Many people wonder if cats need dental care, the way that dogs do. We tend to think that cats are more low maintenance, and while in some ways that is true, it’s still important to have regular checkups, and dental is just one item that makes the annual-must-do list for felines!
Why do cats need dental care?
Often we hear this question, and the answer is simple. Domestic cats are prone to tartar and tooth decay just like any other pet (dogs come to mind especially). And because cats are often more stoic than their canine counterparts, mouth issues can go undetected until they are serious, and causing significant pain.
Cats can have issues such as tartar buildup, periodontal disease, and rotted teeth that can be addressed and in some cases prevented through regular dental checkups. Kittens have 26 teeth and adult cats have 30 – that’s a lot to take care of! Periodontal disease is the most common issue in adult cats, starting from age three. It can cause issues below the gum line, making it hard to see, but some tell tale signs include bad breath, chewing on only one side of the mouth, facial swellings, and dropping food. However, as mentioned above, most cats show no outward signs until they are in severe pain.
By scheduling regular dental checkups with your vet, and an annual feline dental cleaning, you can help prevent these issues. If left untreated, the situation can progress to the point where there is bleeding or discharge from the mouth, or even tooth abscesses which are incredibly painful and can lead to infections and other complications. The best way to make sure your cat’s mouth is healthy is through regular dental care. You can read more about periodontal disease in cats at the AAFP site.
While many people ask – do cats need dental care – our answer is always a resounding yes! Even better, we’re having a winter special of $25 off dentals for your cat now through the end of February so give us a call for more details and to schedule your appointment today.