Dental Care For Your Cat
Dental Care For Your Cat
Article by Debbie Foster
Looking after your pet’s oral hygiene is a primary responsibility of any pet owner, so begin your cat oral care today instead of waiting for next February. In case you are wondering why February is mentioned, it is because two well known bodies, The United States American Veterinarian Medicine Association or the AVMA, and the American Veterinary Dental Society or the AVDS, have decided to do something special during this calendar month.
These two groups tagged what used to be the month for romance as the Cat Dental Health month where they both develop and carry out steps in preparing pet owners like you on how to care for the dental needs of your family pets every day. These two reputed groups know how critical it is to take good care of the oral requirements of your family pets. Their major aim is to dedicate a month in the year for the oral care of your pet, regardless what type of pet you have.
Did you know that approximately 85 percent of older pets have dental diseases? Were you also aware that this is one of the most common causes of health related problems with cats? If you don’t pay attention to any periodontic ailments, more problems may surface. If not treated effectively, harmful elements like bacteria from the oral cavity can spread all through the bloodstream. This in turn could infect other essential organs and ultimately lead to the death of your beloved cat.
As the owner you should be cleaning your cat’s teeth daily. This may not be easy to do by yourself, so get some other member of the household to gently hold open your cat’s mouth so you can then clean its teeth comfortably. Your feline friend may not like the procedure at first but it is for their own good. If your cat has their claws, you’ll want to wear some protective clothing while they get accustomed to the process. Starting this as a kitten is best as then it’s not a big thing. If starting later in your cat’s life, both of you will have to get accustomed to the process. To make it a little easier for your cat, try using a fish flavored toothpaste. It’s prudent to be in touch with your vet regarding the dental care of your family pets. When visiting your vet, they will check your cat’s gum and teeth to provide any additional recommendations, if needed.
Oral care for your cat should begin at an early age to prevent future ill health as the cat ages. If you have endured painful teeth, you can imagine the pain your cat must be going through when there are tooth ailments. If left untreated, your cat could be prone to heart, lung, liver and kidney ailments. Proper tooth care will help to ensure that your cat grows older gracefully and in sound health. By taking the required actions, you are preparing your family pets to have an easier life as they age.
About the Author
Debbie Foster is the owner of Pet Beds Unlimited and an avid animal lover. You