You’re probably wondering why you should be concerned about your cat’s dental health, of all things!
After all, your cat drinks milk. And milk is a great source of calcium. You even brush their teeth from time to time, despite the struggle they put up. They drink enough water too, and their diet is controlled. So what’s the problem?
It’s not enough, and milk may be making things worse!
Let’s get the milk problem out of the way first.
According to multiple sources, milk is actually horrible for cats, because most of them are lactose intolerant. In the same way that it wreaks havoc in humans with lactose intolerance, milk can do a number on cats.
When milk consumption is too high, cats experience gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and discomfort.
So, you see, milk doesn’t do your cat any favors. And in the same way as acidic enzymes cause damage to your teeth and mouth when you… upchuck, it damages your cat’s oral health as well.
Understanding Feline Dental Issues
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in cats and dogs. And it only worsens as they get older. Plaque and tartar buildup starts lining their teeth and gum line, something that irregular brushing can’t help with. This buildup then causes further oral problems.
Pretty soon, cats start experiencing other signs of periodontal disease, such as swollen gums, bad breath, receding gums, etc. They have trouble eating, experience nasal discharge, and wince if touched around the mouth.
And if these symptoms are not managed beforehand, the disease starts progressing toward the advanced state: issues in the kidneys, heart and liver.
What Can You Do About It?
What we’ve gathered from the above information is that cat teeth and human teeth have a lot of similarities. However, cat teeth get damaged at a faster rate than a humans.
This is why your cat requires more than just basic dental hygiene. Here are some things you can do:
- Buy special ‘for-cats’ toothpaste and use a vet-recommended toothbrush that’s designed for cats so you can brush their teeth well (never use human toothpaste)
- Choose a time of day when you can brush their teeth every day so your cat gets used to the routine
- Hold them by their belly so their back is facing you when you start brushing. This makes the process easier
- If your cat becomes confrontational, have someone hold them so they become used to having their mouth and head touched. Use a quiet, soothing tone and give them rewards after you’ve brushed their teeth, so they look forward to having them brushed
- If they’re still antsy about the toothbrush, rub toothpaste on their teeth with your finger gently so they become used to the flavor and motion
What If There’s Damage?
Go to your veterinarian straightaway!
Typically, vets recommend medication for treating dental problems. But if they have pain, buy full spectrum CBD oil for relief. CBD will not only keep them relaxed, but it will also trigger their body’s normal inflammatory response and promote healing.
So give your cat’s teeth proper attention. And be sure to ask your vet about using CBD for your cat.. And for all that’s good and pure, keep your cat away from milk. You’ll thank us later!