Has your cat lost a tooth? Find out why it happened and how to prevent it.
During the last visit to the veterinarian, the vet told me that my cat, Abbie, had lost three of her teeth. I was immediately concerned and asked what could have caused that. The vet then told me that nothing probably happened. It’s just that she’s an old cat. However, while it is common for a cat to lose a tooth or two during its lifetime, it is not normal. It is the result of an injury or infection. This makes sense for Abbie because, between you and me, she has had her fair share of cat fights.
If you notice your furry friend is missing a tooth, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. While it could be just a sign of old age, it could indicate a tooth infection or an unhealthy diet.
A big culprit to dental disease and lost teeth is actually dry cat food. Contrary to popular belief, dry cat food does not clean teeth. There are special treats that can help with dental health, but regular dry cat food does not. This means that there is buildup on your pet’s teeth over time, which could lead to dental diseases such as periodontal disease or gingivitis.
The best way to combat this buildup is to have your vet annually check your pet’s teeth. The vet might recommend special toothbrushes and toothpastes made especially for cats. You can find these at your local pet store or your vet’s office.
Happy teeth make for one happy kitty!
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