Almost 70 percent of cats start showing signs of dental disease by their third birthday. If your cat has dental disease it can contribute to other health problems, such as heart and kidney damage. Cats are notorious for hiding any pain or discomfort, so it can be extremely difficult for you to tell that your cat has dental disease until it’s severe.
Although it can be challenging to tell if your cat has a tooth ache, there are five signs that can give you a clue that your cat is suffering from dental disease.
Bad Breath- Your cat’s breath smells fishy or rotten. Or maybe you can’t stand the smell of your cats’ breath. If your cat licks you and your skin is stinky, there is an excellent chance your cat is having dental issues.
Eating Funny- If your cat seems to chew with only one side of his mouth, or is dropping food when he eats, this could indicate that his mouth is painful.
Decreased interest in food- Your cat may approach the food bowl and act hungry, but is reluctant to eat so he walks away.
Reluctance to be touched around the mouth- If your cat used to love being petted around the sides of her face and now no longer tolerates it, it may be because her mouth hurts.
Excessive Drooling- If your cat is salivating more than usual, or if you notice any blood in his saliva; the most likely cause is dental disease. Your cat may also paw at his mouth or shake his head.
If you notice any of the signs listed above, you should have your kitty evaluated for dental disease by your veterinarian or licensed veterinary technician. If your cat has dental disease your veterinary professional will recommend getting your kitty scheduled for a dental cleaning under anesthesia. The sooner you treat your cat’s dental disease, the better chance there is that her teeth can be saved and gum disease can be reversed; and remember, the longer your kitty has dental disease without treatment the more at risk your kitty is for other problems such as heart and kidney disease.