Those Pearly Whites: All About Cat Dental Care

Cat dental care keeps your cat healthy

Cats are living longer now than they did 20 years ago, thanks to indoor living, better nutrition, and improved veterinary and home care. They are also considered to be fiercely independent, and we love that about them, but that may make it easier to overlook their health needs, including dental care.

By the time cats are 4 years of age, 85% of them have some form of dental disease. Not only that, but cats are susceptible to several dental problems specific to felines. So it pays to pay attention to this area, to help keep our cats comfortable and give them a healthier and happier life. Let Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital show you how to provide the best cat dental care for your feline friend.

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Dental Care for Pets

Dental care and dental health are as important for veterinary patients as for their human families. Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital provides comprehensive dental treatment tailored to the needs of each patient. Our licensed veterinary technicians and veterinarians are experienced in the diagnosis and management of oral diseases of cats and dogs.

pet dental disease

A dog with early periodontal disease characterized by tan tartar deposition on the teeth and slight redness of the gum line. This is an indication for dental cleaning.

The American Veterinary Dental College reports that the majority of cats and dogs will begin to develop periodontal disease by the age of three. Periodontal disease is a destructive inflammatory condition affecting both teeth and the surrounding gums.  Because diet and husbandry do not seem to significantly influence this occurrence, early recognition and appropriate treatment are our best tools to prevent progression of this disease and serious problems such as oral pain, tooth loss, and difficulty eating.  Studies in dogs have shown that periodontal disease is associated with microscopic changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys.

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Space Invader! Reduce Feline Aggression Through a Careful, Considerate Introduction

Your cat has made an indelible mark on your heart, and yet there are so many lovely cats out there that need homes. As the saying goes, one good turn deserves another, but if you like the terrific idea of adding a new kitten to the household, it may be best to slow down a bit. A resident cat is deeply attached to their territory. To mitigate their protective instincts and reduce possible feline aggression, a slow, patient introduction is the key to a lasting feline friendship. 

First Impressions

It can be shocking for a cat to suddenly share their space with an unfamiliar pet. If their first impression is negative it could take them even longer to warm up to a new roommate. A resident cat may need several months to acclimate to a perceived interloper. If their needs and preferences aren’t prioritized, feline aggression is inevitable

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Why Does My Cat Have Greasy Fur?

Cats are known for their meticulous nature. We often see them spending hours grooming themselves from nose to tail and don’t often see them looking unkempt and dirty 

In fact at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital we are often suspicious that a cat who is less than well groomed may have other health issues going on. If you have ever wondered why your cat has greasy fur, there are a few possibilities.

Normal Grooming Behavior

The feline species is made to groom itself. Cats are strategically put together to be able to bend and reach places that us humans could never imagine. Their rough tongues and agile little paws also aid in the self-grooming process

Cats groom themselves to keep clean, but there are other reasons that they groom also. Regular grooming helps to:

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