Between meals, treats, toys and the occasional house plant or cardboard box (bad kitty!), your cat’s teeth get a lot of action — making cat oral care an important part of your pet’s health. Thankfully, caring for your cat’s teeth and breath doesn’t have to be a pain. Follow these three steps to help keep your cat’s smile in tip-top shape.
1. Clean Your Cat’s Teeth Daily
Between veterinary visits, you can help keep your cat's teeth clean and breath fresh by brushing their teeth daily. But, let's be real: Unless you’ve brushed your cat's teeth since they were a kitten, this process isn't always easy (to say the least) for cats and their humans alike.
An alternative to brushing is giving your cat a daily dental treat that helps reduce tartar. FELINE GREENIES™ Dental Treats are designed with a crunchy texture that helps clean teeth while cats chew. And with a variety of flavors to choose from, caring for your cat’s teeth can really be as simple as giving them a delicious snack every day. Win, win!
2. Watch Out for Warning Signs
Keep an eye on your cat’s eating habits. If you notice them eating slower, more carefully or not at all, look further for signs of an oral health problem and contact your vet.
By checking your cat’s mouth regularly, you can catch problems early. Contact your vet if you notice:
- Especially stinky breath
- Yellowing/discoloration of teeth
- Reddening or whitening of gums (pink is healthy)
- Drooling (if your cat doesn’t typically drool)
3. Schedule Semi-annual Vet Exams
During wellness visits, your vet will examine your cat’s mouth and teeth for any signs of gingivitis, tartar buildup, loose teeth or other potential issues. They’ll let you know if you need to adjust your pet’s routine or if they need a professional cleaning or other treatment.
Proactive cat oral care is the best way to support your cat’s oral health. Scheduling these vet checkups twice a year is the key to your cat’s healthy smile.