Lately, Jade’s mom noticed that she wasn’t eating, and it seemed like something was bothering her in her mouth. This made Jade’s mom worry about her pet, so she took her to the vet, where they found some abscessed teeth.
While cat’s may not be able to meow to you about a toothache, there are some signs to look for if your pet has some dental disease. These include:
- Bad breath. Despite the popular belief that cats breath smells fishy, it’s really not a good thing if Kitty’s breath is foul smelling.
- Eating funny. If your cat is dropping a lot of food while she eats, or seems to only chew on one side of her mouth, that’s a sign of pain.
- Decreased interest in food (just like what Jade’s mom noticed). If your cat isn’t showing as much interest in her food as normal, this is a sign of pain in the mouth.
- Grooming less often.
- Reluctance to be touched around the mouth.
- Excessive drooling. If you’ve noticed Pepe is drooling a lot, or if there is blood in the drool, that is a sign of dental disease.
- Pawing their mouth, or shaking their head more than usual, which is a sign of pain.
If you see these symptoms, try to lift your cat’s lip up (if she’ll let you), and see if there is some yellow-brown gunk on her teeth, which is tartar buildup. Also look for red gums, which shows your cat has inflamed gums or gingivitis. All are signs that your cat likely needs a teeth cleaning at the vet’s office. Regular dental cleanings with your vet are a great way to keep your cat’s mouth healthy, which will allow you to enjoy many happy years together.
Jade’s mom is unable to work due to a stroke, and she’s also going through a divorce. With a limited income, she was very worried about how she was going to be able to afford the care Jade needed. She was happy to hear she could apply to receive some financial help with Fur Kids Foundation! We helped cover the cost of pulling the teeth that were causing the problem for Jade, and have learned that Jade is feeling much better now!
Fur Kids Foundation is grateful for the dedication of our volunteers and supporters who have helped local families stay happy and healthy, and together! If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help families in Campbell County, Wyoming with animals, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. The money helps families during a time when they may not be able to afford adequate veterinary care. Check out more Success Stories.