Dental Hygiene and Your Cat

Dental Hygiene and Your Cat

Dental hygiene is an essential task in keeping your cat healthy. Dental disease can cause pain and trouble eating plus decay introduces dangerous bacteria into your cat’s bloodstream that can result in health issues. Thus it is important to clean your cat’s teeth several times a week. Start cleaning your cat’s teeth when she is young so it becomes routine. Use cotton balls or gauze pads to clean her teeth. Don’t forget to stimulate the gums. Work up to a kitty toothbrush or a finger brush. Only use pet-safe toothpaste since human toothpaste can be toxic to your cat. You can find this in your pet supply store. While cleaning the teeth, look for red or swollen gums, loose teeth, or a bad odor that may need medical attention. Even with the most diligent of care, your cat will need periodic professional dental cleanings under sedation. Contact your Riverside County, CA vet to learn more, you can also visit their site for additional information.

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