Cat dental care can be done the easy way or the hard way. When you listen to many veterinarians or specialised pet therapists, they will try to persuade you to clean your pets teeth either with a product they sell or with a toothbrush.
I don’t know about you, but trying to clean a cat’s teeth with a toothbrush seems to me to be inviting trouble. Your cat will probably, and righteously, react by scratching you. If that doesn’t work, you’ll likely get bitten for your troubles.
Clearly, they are telling us to back off. But do we listen? In our arrogance, we think we know best. I have learned the hard way that we most definitely don’t.
Chewing something manmade that claims to clean your cat’s teeth sounds dubious to me. The product is more likely to benefit the bank balance of the manufacture and supplier than your cat.
For a species that claims to be the most intelligent, humans can be remarkably stupid. Please don’t take offense at this, as that remark is not necessarily aimed at you. It is more aimed at the animal therapists (veterinarians mainly), who make their livlihood from giving you advice about caring for your cat.
However, being stupid can be very lucrative, as long as you can convince your followers that you are, in fact, very helpful.
Lets look at wild cats. Wild cats, in all their forms, don’t need toothbrushes or products that claim to clean their teeth. Wild cats already have a wonderful tooth cleaner built into every meal their consume – the bones of their prey.
Proper dental care in your cat is very important. Problems with the teeth can be caused by or can cause other health problems including periodontal disease, feline stomatitis, Feline Odontoclastic Oral Resorption Lesions (FORL) and malocclusion. Most of these dental problems are treatable with proper medical care.
Periodontal disease is caused by build up of plaque and tartar. When tartar and plaque forms on the teeth is forces bacteria and food debris underneath the gum line and around the jawbone. This can cause inflamed gums and swelling and bleeding gums. Bad breath is another common sign of periodontal disease. This is the most common type of dental disease in cats and can be treated with a cleaning along with the use of antibiotics. Sometimes, extraction of some teeth is needed for extreme cases.Dentists can buy dental equipment like ultrasonic scaler from internet.
FORL is another form of dental disease often found in cats. This can be compared to a cavity in a human. Lesions on the teeth begin to form in the enamel of a tooth. When the plaque accumulates, the tissue around the affected tooth becomes inflamed. Sometimes the irritation can extend into the pulp cavity and can kill the tooth. If your cat has FORL, the vet will usually recommend extracting the affected tooth.
Feline Stomatitis is a very serious form of dental disease in cats. This is usually seen as an autoimmune disease and is most commonly found in cats that already suffer from more serious health issues. Stomatitis is caused when the body becomes allergic to the plaque on the teeth. Sometimes it can spread into the throat causing painful red lesions. When a cat has stomatitis, it will become very uncomfortable and may stop eating. You should seek the advice of your veterinarian right away.
Another dental problem is malocclusion — when the teeth are not aligned properly. With a human, braces are in order. With cats, severe forms can cause eating problems and lead to severe weight loss.