This month is Dental Health Month For Pets and to raise awareness I have put together some guidelines and tips to help you take better care of your cats teeth.
If left untreated and un-cared for, your cat’s teeth can cost a small fortune to fix right. Like most treatments, the least expensive way to keep the cost down is prevention. Most vets would recommend you bring your cat’s to the vet once a year for a proper examination. That means giving them an x-ray to check for cavities or if your cat needs an extraction.
At home, there are lots of ways you can help keep your cat’s teeth healthy.
Brushing: First of all, you need special cat toothpaste, please do not use human toothpaste. You can pick up cat toothpaste in most pet shops, I would recommend going to your vet and asking for a recommended brand. Cat toothpaste’s are specially formulated to your cats taste, they come in different flavours like chicken or beef. Also, use a small child’s toothbrush or finger toothbrushes designed for cats. Try to start off by brushing your cat’s teeth once a week, given them treats after and then build up to at least 3 times a week if not more. There are plenty of tutorials on You Tube – ‘How To Brush Your Cats Teeth’ if your struggling.
Dental rinse: If you ask you vet they will recommend a dental rinse for your cat. These can be mixed with water and sprayed into your cat mouth. They are specially formulated so your cat can swallow them.
Dental Treats: You can get these everywhere, local store, supermarkets, pets shops, vets etc…a cat owner should always have a good supply of dental treats in their presses. I currently have Whiskers Denabits, they cost €1.97 in Tesco, I normally pick up a couple of packets when I shop there.
Dry Food: Some dry foods are specially designed to help clean your cat’s teeth, they remove all that icky build up. Royal Canin and Hills have very good products. You can offer dry food to your cat instead of wet food and keep wet food as a small treat every once and a while.
Signs to look out for: This is very important as you know your cat the best and cat’s don’t often show signs of discomfort. Look out for drooling, bad breath, tartar along the gum line, bleeding gums, change in eating habits and growths in the mouth.
If you are concerned about your cat’s health, always contact your vet for further advice.