April 17, 2017

Moggie vet’s advice: cats don’t have dentists. Control the mouth and teeth health.

Check your cat’s mouth at least once a month – use the free Moggie app to receive a reminder about this routine. It’s also a good idea to check the cat’s teeth more frequently if the cat is not young anymore – the statistics says more than ⅘ of cats older than 3 year have some sort of problems with the mouth health.

Photo by Eric Jan Leusink

It’s always better to detect changes at an early stage. So be patient, put the cat on your lap and gently open her mouth. Pay attention to:

  1. The teeth. Have a look at them from different angles, they should be clean, not broken, there shouldn’t be any plaque, black or brown spots.
  2. The mucous membrane. It should be light pink. If you notice yellow or orange tints, it could mean your cat’s liver has got serious problems and it’s better to consult a vet. In fact, even if it looks just too pale, it’s better to double check, as the earlier you start the treatment the better.
  3. The gums. Any sore spots or intense red color should be shown to the vet.
  4. The smell. It certainly never smells like roses in bloom but the smell shouldn’t get tints of ammonia in it. Your vet could also teach you to differ the normal smell from what is dangerous.
  5. The changes. Has anything changed since the last check? Even if it looks slightly suspicious to you, it’s better to show your cat to a specialist.

Cats like people can have multiple problems with their teeth and mouth. While we, people, are crazy about the mouth hygiene, the cats don’t have the electric toothbrush somewhere in the bathroom. However, you can help your cat keep her teeth healthy by simply cleaning them, which is a totally different story.

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