Just like with dogs, there are some good products out there to help reduce plaque and tarter on cats’ teeth. They include dental sprays and gels, chews and treats, and toothpaste for brushing. Click here for some of my favorites and a shopping list for your pet.
And just like I’ve pointed out for dogs, these products do NOT replace the need for regular veterinary exams. Cats, like dogs, can get:
- Broken and loose teeth
- Gum disease
- Oral and facial cancers
- Root problems (why your pet needs dental x-rays!)
In addition, cats can get a SEVERELY PAINFUL dental problem called RESORPTIVE LESIONS. These lesions often appear as red dots on the tooth and they can eat away at the rest of the tooth and root. Teeth with the lesions are often very weak and prone to break. Cats with resorptive lesions often have a difficult time eating and will drool or their mouth will “chatter” due to the pain.
So regular dental care for your cat is particularly important. To me, the best thing about oral care products is that they get pet owners to be more observant and take a better look at your pet’s mouth.
So while you are brushing your cat’s teeth – or wiping on that gel, be sure you to take a look at your cat’s mouth. If you spot redness or something that doesn’t look right, contact your vet.