True or false: only men can have cavities? False of course, all mammals are susceptible to tooth decay, including dogs and cats. And in our pet felines, decay is particularly rare, but makes your animal suffer in silence.
So what does cat tooth decay look like? Prevention is better than cure, and for that it helps to know the oral system of your hairball.
Cavities in cats: formation and description
Carnivorous animal par excellence, the cat generally has very good teeth. Cavities are therefore rare in our companions. However, if they appear, in particular due to an unsuitable diet, it is necessary to know how to recognize them.
The enamel of the cat’s tooth alters. Gradually, the tooth deteriorates and becomes hollow, there are small cavities, which slowly destroy the tooth. Meanwhile, Grisou is sensitive to pain and does not chew his kibble as usual. Sometimes he does not even dare to feed himself for fear of pain.
Yep, your cat has cavities. In veterinary matters, we speak rather of lesion of the neck or lesion of tooth resorption. And spotting this oral lesion is not easy, since it has the same color as your cat’s tooth.
Only small cavities detected on his teeth, the unusual behavior of your companion or a check-up with your vet will allow you to put a word on his ailments.
Good to know : it is generally the carnivores, the equivalent of our molars, which are affected by cavities in cats.
Avoiding cavities: good oral hygiene
Oral health involves prevention, as in humans. It is still the surest way to avoid complications and to prolong the life of your cat in good conditions.
There are many external causes that can accelerate the process of caries formation. They can originate from an infection or an immune deficiency, for example. However, the majority of cavities in cats come from poor oral hygiene.
However, there are a few simple things you can do to avoid neck lesions, such as:
- Favor kibbles over wet food, the latter allowing regular and gentle descaling
- Offer your cat a few treats a week to help maintain dental plaque
- Definitely ban sugar from your diet to respect your natural body
- Brush your cat’s teeth twice a week, this gesture is easier if you get used to it kitten
Finally, a routine consultation with your veterinarian is the right time to take stock of your cat’s teeth and detect any cavities as soon as possible. As a preventive measure, your veterinarian can carry out a descaling if he considers it necessary.
Treating cat decay: filling or extraction
Cavities in cats must be treated and cured quickly in order to avoid “pulpitis”, ie inflammation of the dental pulp. Indeed, it causes in your cat a “doggie” and ends up completely destroying the tooth concerned.
Only your veterinarian is able to diagnose and treat cat decay. He can make a bandage or a filling to relieve your cat. But most often, he will choose the extraction of the tooth, for the comfort of your cat and the extinction of the pain.
Feline decay can be expensive for cat owners: veterinary consultation, x-ray, general anesthesia and surgery. This is why we insist on the need for prevention and on the usefulness of subscribing to a mutual insurance for your cat.