Should you clean a cat’s teeth?

February 7, 2024

Nurture is spreading the word that February is Dental Awareness Month and a time to focus on what aspects of your cat’s oral health is going well, and what could be improved. This article explores the significance of feline dental health, when and how to clean a cat’s teeth, and why it matters for your beloved furry friend.

You can always bring your cat to see our friendly nurses who will show you how to brush your cat’s teeth. Call us on 01749 673239 or book online:

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Why feline dental health matters

Caring for your cat’s dental health is an essential aspect of responsible pet ownership. While many cat owners in Wells are aware of the importance of regular grooming and veterinary check-ups, dental care can sometimes be overlooked. Our Vet Rachel is sharing why feline dental care is so important below.

Proper dental care for cats is vital for several reasons:

  • Preventing dental disease: Just like people, cats are prone to dental issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and tartar buildup. Neglecting dental care can lead to pain, discomfort, and potentially severe health problems.
  • Promoting overall health: Dental problems can impact your cat’s overall health, potentially affecting their heart, liver, and kidneys. Maintaining good oral hygiene can contribute to a longer and healthier life.
  • Improved quality of life: Cats with healthy teeth and gums are more likely to enjoy eating, playing, and interacting with their owners. Dental pain can lead to a reduced quality of life. Call us on 01749 673239 if your cat is struggling to do any of these activities.

Should you clean a cat’s teeth?

Cleaning a cat’s teeth at home can be beneficial, but it may not be necessary for all cats. It can also be tricky if your cat isn’t too happy about it…

Things to consider:

  1. Regular dental check-ups: Nose-to-tail annual vet health checks at Nurture include dental examinations. You can also book bi-annual oral health reviews with our nurses, and interims vet checks if you have any concerns. By scheduling regular appointments, our team can assess your cat’s oral health and recommend appropriate care.
  2. Get advice from your cat’s dentist: If our vets (or vet dentists for cats as we’re sometimes known) recommends at-home dental care, they can provide guidance on the best methods and products.
  3. Professional dental cleanings: In some cases, and especially in cats over 3 years of age, an examination and professional dental cleaning under general anaesthetic may be necessary to address existing dental problems. If your cat needs this level of treatment, they will be in the best hands with our caring team in Wells.

At-home dental care for cats:

  • Brushing: Brushing your cat’s teeth with a cat-specific toothbrush and toothpaste can help prevent tartar buildup. Start slowly and make it a positive experience for your cat. Our Wells nurses can show you how – contact us to book a demo.
  • Cat dental chews & toys: Providing dental chews or toys designed to promote oral health can help reduce plaque and tartar. Our nurses can give you some examples to try.
  • Dental diets for cats: Some cat food brands offer dental diets designed to support oral health. Our vets and nurses can help you find an appropriate dental diet for your cat’s needs.
  • Regular observation: Our Vet Rachel also advises paying attention to your cat’s oral health. Look for signs of dental problems, such as bad breath, swollen gums, difficulty eating, or a reluctance to being stroked around their face. Call us on 01749 673239 if you are concerned.

In support of Dental Awareness Month, the take-away from our article is that dental care is a crucial aspect of your cat’s overall health and wellbeing. While you can take steps to clean your cat’s teeth at home, it’s essential to consult with our veterinary team for guidance and stay on top of regular dental check-ups. By prioritising feline dental health, you can help to ensure a longer, happier, and healthier life for your beloved cat.

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