Most people understand the importance of proper dental hygiene. However many people don’t realize that it’s also important for our pets as well. Cats are no exception. Proper dental care is an important aspect of cat ownership that’s often overlooked. Let’s take a closer look as some of the causes, as well as the steps that can be taken to ensure your cats teeth are properly taken care of.
Plaque is the yellow buildup that forms on teeth gradually. It’s caused by the many different types of foods that cats consume. If left untreated, it may lead to gum problems and possibly the loss of teeth. These problems usually start in the exterior face of the upper teeth.
Just like humans, some cats are more prone to tarter buildup then others. It’s also important to note not every cat will have problems with plaque. Every pet is different after all.
It the problem is bad enough, regular teeth cleaning may be the only solution. This can be done as often as needed, however once a year is suggested. It can be done at by taking your pet the vet, in which case the animal will be placed under general anesthesia. However this process may be costly.
If budget is an issue, another option is to have it done at home. Important – Most cats don’t like this procedure! However it’s for their own good.
The following are a few tips to make this procedure a bit easier:
– Place your cat in a towel straitjacket to help keep them still while you work.
– Use a small toothbrush that’s designed for children.
– Use edible toothpaste. This can be purchased in most pet stores.