cat health care
Just as dental hygiene and health are important to humans; that is how it is in the case of cats. Ignoring this aspect can cause you to spend more money, in the long run, to ensure that your cat’s teeth are in the best of conditions.
However, there is one topic that seems to be generating lots of controversies over the years when it comes to dental care for felines. This is the aspect of why they usually lose teeth. Although there are cat owners who understand why this usually occurs, most owners lack such awareness.
Here is the secret
The major aim of this post is to show you some of the reasons why your cat is losing teeth at the moment. Just ensure to read and apply the tips here so as to ensure that she maintains perfect dental hygiene.
Injury or infection
This is mostly one of the reasons why adult cats lose teeth. It is important that you check the mouth of your cat on a regular basis. Areas that you can pay attention to are the cat’s mouth cavity, tongue, gums, and teeth. Some of the things you should be looking for are whether there is any change of color, wound, texture changes, pus or excessive drooling. The cat should be taken for some check-up once you notice any kind of poor health.
Feeding (a type of food)
Felines aren’t the same as humans who have teeth that can enable them to chew hard items. Wild cats may not have any problem chewing hard food but domestic ones will begin to experience loss of teeth. The former has molars that can get the food sliced into little pieces before chewing. The latter on the other hand can’t slice. Domestic cats do eat both wet and dry foods which are usually in pales form.
Poor oral hygiene
Do you usually ensure that your cat’s mouth is taken care of the way that it ought to? Are you aware that tartar can easily build-up due to the food that she consumes? When this isn’t handled properly there is every tendency that they will begin to create problems due to accumulation. Losing teeth is one such issue.
There are oral or dental diseases that can make your cat lose teeth. These could be periodontal and gingivitis diseases. They can even lead to digestion problems or even further infections.
Age is a factor
When kittens are born, they usually don’t have teeth. However, once they are about 3 – 4 weeks old, milk teeth will begin to develop. Although this set of teeth is about 26, they will not be very visible initially until they are around 6 – 7 weeks old.
However, once they become 3 – 4 months old, these milk teeth will be lost as they will start growing adult teeth. This loss of teeth only concerns kittens and not adult cats. It is one occurrence in cats that can’t be prevented as they must all pass through such a stage.