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10 Things To Look For In Kitties Mouth

Cats, Kittens, Elder Cats, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls lend me your ear.

Dezi with head back and mouth wide open

Dezi datz a bit dramatik don’cha’ think? 

Well sissy what me has to say is very purrtant. You oughtta know how purrtant it is.

I do lil sis I do. So habz at it. 

Fanks Lexi. Me wants to tell ya’ ‘bout Pet Dental Health Month today. You might be missin’ sum signs dat your pet be givin’ to let ya’ know they have a purroblem in their mouth. Furst let me tell ya’ da types of dental disease dat might be affectin’ your pet. We are not postin’ fotos cuz of their graffic nature and sum of our readers can’t handle it. To see fotos of da conditions listed below, click here.

1.  Periodontal Disease

2.  Tooth Resorption

3.  Feline/Canine Stomatitis

4.  Alveolar Mucositis

5.  Fractured Teeth 

Lexi lating on bed with mouth wide open

Parently Dental Disease is at da top of da list of things affectin’ your furry furmily member. Sis Lexi started losin’ her teeth when she was about 5 years old. Dat is not normal. She was basically born with Periodontal Disease. Her furst VET kuldn’t ‘splain it any other way, cuz even afur she had teeth she had red swollen gums. Over da years mommy and many VETs tried to help sissy to no avail. Till she started losin’ her teeth. With each lost tooth, da swellin’ and redness disappeared. We animals can survive and even thrive without our teeth. So long as we’s not havin’ to hunt and kill our own meals. Obviously sissy duz better with wet meals than dry, but wet meals be better fur her and most of us (specially kitties) anyways. Da typical symptoms of Periodontal Disease are:

1.  Bad Breath (trust me, you’ll know it. Tuna breath dusn’t hold a candle to disease breath)

2.  Unwillingness to eat

3.  Yellow Deposits on teeth

4.  Avoiding hard/dry foods

5.  Drooling

6.  Pawing at da face, ‘specially round da mouth

7.  Gums which bleed easily

8.  Red or Swollen Gums

9.  Pus round da teeth

10.  Missing or Broken teeth

 

Sumtimes kitty will rub their cheeks and mouth area on a hard surface or corner to help alleviate da pain. And sumtimes an unwillingness to eat is another purroblem altogether. Recently there’s been a lot of talk ‘bout Whisker Fatigue in cats. Me had this purroblem. But not anymore. Me won a Dr. Catsby’s feedin’ bowl from CK’s 10K give away and it arrived in time fur dinner last night. Dat was da furst meal in me’s whole life me sat and ate till it was all gone. Fanks CK and Dr. Catsby. Sissy wants a new bowl now. An unwillingness to eat can be a symptom of quite a few issues. Cats shuldn’t and can’t go without eating fur long periods of time. So ifin kitty is refusin’ to eat and it’s been more than 36 hours, get them checked out. Sum things are much easier to solve than others. Bad breath can also be caused by da foods we eat. Everypawdy knows ole tuna breath which goes away after a while or a new meal. But da bad breath of Periodontal disease dusn’t go away like tuna breath. As fur Droolin’, sissy and me both do dat when we luv on mommy and get all x’cited. Da drool dat goes with Periodontal disease is likely to happen any time, specially when kitty tries to eat. 

 

You know it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Ifin you suspect sumfin’ be wrong with kitty then it’s always bestest to make an appointment with your VET. We may not purreciate da trip, but our mouth and bodies will thank you. Periodontal Disease unchecked can lead to major health issues and can lead to death. Da toxins released into da body can affect all our major organs.

 

Are ya’ gunna tell ebberpawdy how to help kitty avoid Dental Diseases Dezi?

Yep sissy, me’s gunna do dat right now. Mommy sez it’s oh so purrtant to Know your kitty. When pawssible you shuld be lookin’ in kitties mouth at least once a week to check things like our breath. And what do our gums look like? Are they red and swollen or a bright purretty pink? Keep in mind dat sum kitties have dark spots on their gums cuz of their color pattern, but there shuld still be sum pink gum you can use as a guide. Whenever pawssible you shuld brush kitties teeth. Do Not use human toothpaste fur your pets!!! Ifin ya’ just can’t brush kitties teeth, there are purroducts on da market to help with kitties dental health; from treats to supplements. We don’t care fur da dental treats here, so mommy uses a supplement dat she adds to me’s food called Perio Support. It’s made by VetriScience. We met them at BlogPaws last year and they were gracious enuff to send us sum to try. It must be tasty cuz me eats it right up. It’s a powder dat mommy sprinkles over me’s noms. And of course have your VET check kitties mouth at their annual check up. A healthy mouth can go a long way to helping kitty stay healthy and happy.

Dezi with tongue out and toothbrush in paw

Me’s gunna wrap it up fur now. It’s time fur me to brush me’s teeth.

 

Dezi = Blue

Lexi = Green

 

How do you help your pet have a healthy mouth?

Is brushing part of your regimen?

What treats or supplements do you use?

 

Till da next time……………………………………….Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Dezi and Lexi

The Feline Pearly Whites

Meowllo evewypawdy, how ya’ duin’ today? As me told ya’ on or ‘bout da furst of this mumff me wuz gunna be duin’ sum educational postys this mumff seein’ as how it be National Pet Healff mumff and National Pet Dental Healff mumff and National Purrvent a Litter mumff and all. So me fawt today wuld be a good day to post one of those since mommy and me will be goin’ fur hers mumffly visit to hers doctow. Me wanted to talk a bit ‘bout dental diseases in kitties, so da learnin’ pawt of this posty’s gunna be in hooman speak so yous can all unnewstand evewyfin’. 

 pets need dental care too badge pet dental care

Your cat’s dental health is very important. What goes on in the mouth can affect the rest of the body as well. It seems most cat breeds are purported to have some degree of gingivitis. This is something we know all too well as sis Lexi has had chronic gingivitis her whole life. At least for as long as she’s had teeth. When looking up information about the different cat breeds even the hearty mixed “tabby” is prone to periodontal diseases of some kind. Just what kinds of diseases are we cats prone to you ask. Well, gingivitis is at the top of the list. It comes with inflamed red gums and bad breath. But it doesn’t stop there.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis

Gingivitis migrates to the bones ad ligaments that support the teeth and if left untreated will cause the teeth too become loose and fall out. (or they can be removed by a vet.) But the bacteria that causes all this inflammation can also be carried by the blood stream to the rest of the body such as the organs (liver, kidneys, etc.) and cause damage and even organ failure. This gingivitis is caused by a buildup of plaque (food and debris) on the teeth that doesn’t get removed and then turns to tartar (the yellowing near the gums). FIV and FeLV are known to cause gingivitis, (altho’ not backed up by studies) but even an otherwise healthy kitty can be afflicted as in Lexi’s case.

Tooth Resorption

Tooth Resorption

Tooth Resorption is another dental affliction that may affect your feline friend. It is estimated that 28%-67% of cats have some amount of Tooth Resorption. It’s the most common cause of tooth loss in cats. It is very painful and can cause many other problems as well. You can read more about it here. Stomatitis is another dental problem cats may be afflicted with. Little is known about the cause of Stomatitis, but it is painful and doesn’t respond very well to treatments. The best course of action although drastic is typically removal of the teeth.

Stomatitis

Stomatitis

Stomatitis is best described as an atypical immune response to the chronic presence of organisms. The classical Stomatitis lesions are located at the back of the mouth. Again FIV and FeLV can be precursors to this disease as well. But it’s important to remember that even an otherwise healthy cat may be afflicted. The treatment for all of these diseases is similar and may include antibiotics, dental cleanings and extractions among others. Please consult with your Vet for the appropriate treatment for your feline family member. Lexi would like all of you to know that a cat can live a happy and productive life without their teeth. And can continue to eat most everything. It’s always a good idea to train your cat early to enjoy getting their teeth brushed. And if possible daily brushings are best. Remember to use a toothbrush made for your cat or dog as well as toothpaste. DO NOT use human toothpaste it is harmful to both cats and dogs.

 signs of dental disease

We have barely scratched the surface of dental diseases and their effects on your feline friend, but we hope we’ve shared enough to make you think about the dental health of your pets. And take some steps to help prevent tooth loss as long as possible. And maybe talk with your Vet about your cats teeth and gums and implement your own dental program at home. Dental health is important to your cat’s health and can effect other areas of their body, so it is something to take seriously. And while weez on da subject meez gotta go and get meez teefys bwushed wight now.

 dw Dezi shower bench4

Meez weady mommy, giv me da toofbwush

 

 

dw Dezi with toothbrush

So maybe this isn’t da bestest way to do

this but you get da idea. It’s weally

purrtant to take care of yous pets teef.

 

So, Till da nex time………………….Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses  

Dezi and Lexi

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