Caring for Your Cat’s Teeth

Did you know that kitties can suffer from a variety of dental issues, such as gum disease, abscesses, and tooth resorption? Toothaches are just as painful for Fluffy as they are for us. However, your cat can’t tell you if her teeth are bothering her. Here, a local Bolingbrook, IL vet discusses caring for your feline pal’s choppers.


Keep a close eye out for symptoms dental issues. Bad breath is one common sign of dental issues in our feline buddies. Other issues to look for include drooling, red or inflamed gums, crankiness, swelling, and/or a reduced appetite. Fluffy may also take longer eating than she once did, start preferring soft foods, or chew on one side of her mouth. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these red flags. Treatment options are always offered on a case-by-case basis, after a diagnosis has been made. It’s important to note that the point here isn’t to give your cat a perfect smile: it’s to treat issues that cause pain and/or infections.

Care Tips

We know, trying to brush Fluffy’s teeth sounds a bit dangerous. However, it can be done. It’s best to get your furball used to the process while she is little. Choose a time when your kitty is feeling relaxed and cuddly, like when she’s curled up on your lap. Try using gauze dipped in tuna water to rub her teeth. You can also try a finger toothbrush. When Fluffy has gotten used to this, start using a pet toothpaste. Never use human products on cats: things made for us are not safe or suitable for kitties. We also recommend having your furry buddy’s teeth checked by a vet at least once a year. The sooner an issue is caught and treated, the better!


Fluffy’s diet will have a huge effect on her overall dental health. Your vet may recommend offering her a mix of wet and dry food, and/or giving her dental-formula kitty treats. Also, make sure that Fluffy always has plenty of fresh water. Some cats prefer to drink running water, so your furball may enjoy a kitty fountain. You can also try adding an oral rinse to your feline friend’s water. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice.

Please call us, your Bolingbrook, IL vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help.

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