Keeping your cat’s teeth healthy

Keeping your cat’s teeth strong and healthy


Just as for any other animal, and for us humans, plaque can build up on a cat’s teeth. If left to build up this can cause problems over time. Cats are particularly prone to gum disease (gingivitis) which if left untreated can lead to tooth loss.

It’s good to know what good dental health for cats looks like so you can address any issues that come up in between Vet checks.


What to look out for


The main indicator that something isn’t right with your cat’s teeth is bad breath. As most cats tend to want to come and have a stroke now and then, you can smell bad breath when they are close to you. If it is bad or getting worse, then you should take them to your nearest Best Friends Vet to get their teeth checked.


As well as bad breath, it is good to look out for the following things:

  • Only eating on one side of their mouth
  • Dropping food from their mouth
  • Not wanting you to stroke their cheeks or around their mouth
  • Sensitivity on one side of their mouth
  • Red swollen gums
  • Tartar on their teeth
  • Drooling

If your cat does have any of these, then it is a good idea to take them to your Best Friends Vet to get them checked.


Dental Health for Kittens


Kittens are born with 26 milk teeth, which are replaced by around 6 months of age with 30 adult teeth. It’s good monitor your kitten’s teeth at this stage as there could be issues with the adult teeth coming through.

Milk teeth might not be pushed aside or come out properly, and where teeth come through too close together or far apart there could be issues. If you notice any of these in your kitten, it’s best to make an appointment with your local Best Friends Vet Branch.


Preventative care for your cat’s teeth


The food that you feed your cat can affect their dental health. Wet food can get stuck in the teeth, which encourages the build-up of bacteria, leading to rotting teeth. Dry food acts like a toothbrush and helps to reduce the build-up of plaque.

Special diets are available for cats. You can speak to your Vet to find out if these are suitable for your cat’s diet and what they recommend.

If you're concerned about your cat’s teeth please contact your local Best Friends Group Branch to make an appointment.


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