Cats, like all pets, need dental care on a regular basis in order to ensure that they have good dental health. However, many pet parents often think that cats can get by without it. Unfortunately, this is far from the case. Even if you brush your cat's teeth at home, they still need dental check-ups and cleanings on a regular basis. This is why.
Dental Problems Hurt
The first thing to realize is that if your cat has a dental problem right now, they may not show any sign of it. Cats tend to internalize sickness and other problems in order to look strong so that a predator doesn't see them as an easy target. But that doesn't mean that cats don't feel pain. They do, and dental problems cause pain. If you've ever had a toothache yourself, you know how uncomfortable it is. Now imagine that your natural instincts keep you from showing to anyone that you hurt. That's not fair to a cat.
Tooth Loss Will Happen
Some people seem to think that because animals can make it in the wild without their teeth being taken care of, that they don't need professional dental care. This couldn't be further from the truth. While it's true that animals in the wild don't receive dental care, they do receive one other thing: tooth loss. Tooth loss can happen to any animal, and its chances are increased when a cat is eating processed food containing potentially added sugar and carbohydrates. If you don't get care for your cat's teeth, they'll either have a tooth fall out on its own or your vet will end up informing you that one of their teeth has partially rotted out and has to be extracted during your next veterinary visit.
Kidney Disease May Happen
Lastly, would it make a difference to you if you knew that getting your cat's teeth taken care of might potentially save them from a life-changing and ultimately fatal disease? Veterinarians now believe there's a link between dental disease and kidney disease. The way that dental disease creates constant inflammation may be tied to kidney disease later in life. This condition is incurable, and it could potentially be avoided by doing something as simple as having your cat's teeth cleaned once or twice a year. Why hesitate now?
Reach out to a vet who provides pet dental care today for more information.