Despite what many people might think really foul cat breath is not normal. It can be the sign of periodontal disease, which causes pain and discomfort and if left untreated can cause damage to the heart, liver, kidney and your wallet. Sadly because cats are cats and have wild instincts they often keep pain hidden. It then isn’t until their annual trip to the vet that it gets discovered.
There are lots of options to help your cat keep her mouth clean and healthy:
- The number one way to keep your cats teeth clean is to brush them. Yes believe it or not, it is possible. Use a double sided toothbrush and a nice tasting toothpaste, and begin very slowly. At first, just some toothpaste on the finger and rubbing it around the gums for a few seconds will be all they can tolerate. Cats are often sensitive about having their mouth touched. But, with a little patience, some treats and building up slowly, eventually you should be able to brush their whole mouth.
- Cat specific dental chews are a fantastically easy way to help clean their teeth. One after meals will dislodge all the food and leave them with a clean mouth.
- Water soluble solutions which are added to their drinking water is also very helpful. These contain enzymes that will remove that tartar build up, it’s simple and easy, especially for those cranky cats that don’t like to be touched.
- Try using a dry food specifically designed for oral health. These will contain cross-woven fibres that clean the teeth as it bites in, as well as tartar removing enzymes.
- An annual dental check up at the vets will keep them in tip top shape. If you have become behind on your oral care, a cleaning may be necessary to bring their mouth back into perfect health.