If you're a cat lover, then you undoubtedly do all you can to make sure your pet stays as healthy as possible. And while feeding him the right foods and providing him with toys that stimulate his interest of the utmost value, it is pertinent not to forget the importance of good oral health too. Did you know dental disease is the most common health concern for cats? Here's a quick overview of the pertinence of good oral health for your cat and how you can help ensure your cat's mouth stays healthy.
What color teeth should your cat have?
Your cat's teeth should be white with possibly a small tint of yellow. If your cat's teeth are very yellowish in color, this is an indicator of oral health problems. His gums should be light pink in color as well as smooth. Please keep in mind, though, there are some breeds of cats that have pigmented gums. The most common types of oral disease that occur in cats are those that start with a build up of plaque. If the build up plaque and tarter is not properly prevented, your cat will likely suffer from periodontal disease, with the most common symptoms being tender and swollen gums, bleedings, and a bad case of bad breath.
Cats are masters at masking pain
For some reason cats have a very high tolerance for pain. Even when enduring pain that would send you or I to the local emergency room, cats can still eat and drink; this is why it is so important to keep a close eye on their oral health. If your cat has a loose or abscessed tooth, you will need to get it checked out by a vet as soon as possible. If your cat is suffering from poor oral health, this will lead to periodontal disease which can be fatal because it can affect the internal organs.
Choose the right dental treats
The market is wide open with dental treats that are supposed to be good for your cat, but truth is, most of these products are a waste of money. If you are going to invest in dental treats, make sure they have enzymes that directly target the build up of tarter and plaque; these treats can do wonders for helping prevent periodontal disease.