If you have ever experienced a toothache, you would surely know how painful it can be. How easy it would be if cats could tell us when their gums or tooth hurts. Cats are best known for hiding their pain, and so it becomes our responsibility as pet owners to pay attention to any symptoms they show.
However, cats show some distinctive signs of mouth pain, such as teeth chattering or drooling, and these dental health problems need rapid treatments, or they would end up causing sense damages.
There are several causes of oral pains in cats, including periodontal disease, tooth resorption, and Stomatitis. If these are left untreated, then these conditions would lead to chronic pain and infections that would eventually cause permanent organ damages in cats.
Periodontal disease is regular in adult cats, and it ranges from mild to severe. It also involves gums infection, known as gingivitis and inflammation, which continuously affects deeper tissues surrounding the teeth.
If the cat suffering from this condition is left unnoticed, the continuation of periodontal disease can stagnate the gums, bone loss and tooth root infection.
Tooth reception is another condition that cats commonly experience. However, this condition is entirely related to vitamin D. in tooth resorption, cavity-like lesions forms in adult cats’ teeth.
These lesions then became painful as they continue and expose the pulp of the tooth. Also in some cases, the affected teeth become so weak that it breaks off.
Another painful oral condition is Stomatitis (inflammation of the mouth). This disease is considered to affect adult cats. However, it is less common than the other two conditions mentioned above. This condition is usually seen in cats that lived in confined spaces with many other cats.
It is still unknown how often this disease progresses, but cats with this condition express their discomfort in various ways. You might be wondering how to know if your feline friend is suffering from dental health?
Well, there are subtle signs of oral problems that cat shows when disease and pain are severe. Watch for the followings signs:
- Bad Breath. (halitosis)
- Difficulty Eating. (dysphagia)
- Pawing at or rubbing his face.
- Excessive yawning or teeth grinding.
- Pulling away or meowing when touched near the mouth surface.
- Weight loss.
If you notice any of these signs, it is high time that your feline friend needs a dental checkup because it says a happy mouth can mean a happy cat. You can also check our article best food for cats with bad teeth.