I love talking about my cat, so here we go!
My monster has gingivitis. I have to brush my cat’s teeth! My entire family laughs at me, but believe me when I tell you that my cat had the smelliest cat breath I have ever come across—which didn’t work for me at all because he’d like to just flop in my lap and take a nap, with his mouth wide open and aimed right at my face. So now we brush his teeth every day because it’s either that, or the vet removes all his teeth.
Mako has a sensitive stomach, which already makes him more susceptible to mouth problems. It may not be a cause, but I’m pretty sure they coincide together. Regardless, all cats have the potential of developing gingivitis; dogs too. It’s caused by bacteria that grows in the plaque build-up, just like in people.
Across all animals and people, gingivitis has signs which include but are not limited to:
- Bad breath
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
- Discoloured teeth
- Build-up around the teeth (plaque or tartar)
- Bleeding gums
- Painful gums
- Excessive drooling
- Reluctant to eat
If you suspect your pet to have gingivitis, take them to the vet for an absolute diagnosis. Your vet can then advise you from there. As long as the disease is caught early, your vet will likely recommend some home remedies, such as brushing your cat’s teeth. Sometimes it could just be brushing your pet’s teeth, but sometimes your vet may also recommend a special toothpaste. Most pet stores sell both of these and some even have additives that you put in your pet’s water and food to help keep their mouth healthy. It may also be a good idea to have your pet’s teeth professionally cleaned by the vet, just like when we go to the dentist for professional teeth cleaning.
If you don’t catch the gingivitis early, your pet still has a good chance at a happy, healthy life, they just may have to do that with no teeth. Your vet may have to remove the infected and painful teeth and maybe even parts of the gums. Still, your pet will be happy and get along fine without them; probably even happier with the pain gone.
It’s not the end of the world or your pet if they get gingivitis—Mako is a healthy little monster, even if his face says he hates me while I stick my finger in his mouth. If they do have it, you’ll have to pay more attention to what they eat and probably do some extra pet maintenance. Make sure you take your pet to the vet for their yearly check ups as this is the best way to catch any issues early and ensure your pet’s happy life.