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Signs That Your Cat Might Have Dental Problems

A recent survey concluded that approximately 70% of cats develop dental issues by the time they are three years old. Cats are known to hide their pain which makes it all the more difficult to identify if they have dental problems. Your cat will never tell you that she has a problem with her teeth or her mouth. Badly shaped teeth can affect your cats’ health and be a reason for kidney problems and other serious issues.

Although your cat will never give you clear indications of a tooth ache or any other dental problems, here are a few signs that will help you make out if you cat is suffering with oral issues:

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Funny Eating Patterns

You probably might have noticed your cat eating her food. She sits and chews and is completely focused on her food. You also might have noticed the way she chews her food. However, if you cat has a dental problem, you will notice an irregularity in her general eating pattern. While she normally chewed from both sides, if she has a problem you will see her chewing from one side of her mouth. You will notice that her pace is quite slow compared to how she chews normally and often while eating she will drop bits of food.

Losing Interest In Eating

Your cat loves this particular food you give her and never makes a fuss in eating and then suddenly you see her going off food. You might notice that she will go closer to the bowl and sniffle and walk away. The latter will be repeated multiple times.

You might also feel that she is hungry but is not willing to eat what is in her bowl. This might be a sign of an underlying dental problem. She is avoiding her food because her mouth is troubling her!

These Days She Does Not Let You Touch Her Around Her Mouth

Your cat loves this particular food you give her and never makes a fuss in eating and then suddenly you see her going off food. You might notice that she will go closer to the bowl and sniffle and walk away. The latter will be repeated multiple times.

You might also feel that she is hungry but is not willing to eat what is in her bowl. This might be a sign of an underlying dental problem. She is avoiding her food because her mouth is troubling her!

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Excessive Drooling

If you notice that your cat is drooling and is drooling quite a lot, this may be a sign that she has dental issues that need to be attended too. You must also pay attention to the saliva. If the saliva has blood in it, there is definitely a problem in her mouth. You must also watch to see if she is pawing her mouth. Cats generally paw their mouths and shake their heads because of the pain and irritation in their mouths.

Bad Breath That Is Really Bad

It is absolutely normal for your cat’s mouth to smell of fish or something rotten. However, this smell is okay only till it is not unbearable. If you notice that you have to turn your head away when she breathes on you or when you bend in to give her a kiss and you have to move back because the stench is intolerable, this is a clear sign that she has dental issues and you must call a vet immediately. One other sign that you might come across is that even if she sits next to you, the part of your body which is close to her mouth will have a peculiar smell.

If you have come across the above signs or your cat is showing the latter, it is time you call us as soon as possible. If she lets you, open her mouth gently and check for yellow and brownish deposits over the teeth. They can also be a cause of that irritation and if you notice swollen gums as well, call a vet without any delay.

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