Subtle Signs Your Cat Needs Dental Work
If your cat seems unable to chew, or if you can see that they have lost a tooth, then of course you're going to take them to the cat dentist. But sometimes, dental problems in cats are not as obvious as you'd think. As a cat owner, you should also be watching for these more subtle signs your cat needs to see a veterinary dental specialist.
Rubbing their mouth on things.
It's not unusual for cats to rub their heads on things. In fact, it would be unusual for a cat not to do this, as rubbing their head on things is a way to spread their scent. However, if your cat starts specifically rubbing their mouth on things, that's not normal. They may open their mouth a little as they do it. Or, it may look as though they are trying to rub their gums directly. This is a way that cats try to ease the pain they're experiencing in their mouths. If you see them doing this, they may need to have a tooth removed, or they may have some gum disease that needs to be treated.
Odors coming from their mouth.
Do you notice an odd smell when your cat is near you? Maybe that smell is worst when your cat is opening their mouth and eating. Decaying teeth have a pretty foul odor in any species, including cats. Gum disease can also cause nasty smells. A cat dentist can identify and treat the problem so you can be around your cat without plugging your nose again!
Meowing while eating.
Some cats, when they face dental pain, may stop eating entirely when they have dental pain. Other cats will keep eating, but they will make it clear that doing so causes pain. They may meow or moan as they chew. Sometimes, a cat will take a bite, moan a little, and then swallow. Other times, they may emit a low groan or growl the entire time they chew. In either case, this pain should be taken seriously. A cat dentist can provide the necessary treatment so your cat can eat pain-free again, even if they can only eat soft cat food from here on out.
The signs above indicate that your cat needs some dental work. There are lots of veterinary dental specialists out there who can take a look, identify the specific problem, and then provide care.
For more information, contact a cat dentist near you.