Healthy adult cats don’t normally lose their teeth. If you notice your cat has a missing tooth, it’s crucial you act immediately to determine the cause and prevent further tooth loss. Here’s some helpful information about tooth loss in cats.
When feline tooth loss is normal
It’s important to distinguish between normal and abnormal tooth loss in cats. Kittens naturally lose their milk teeth when they’re around four months old, allowing the permanent teeth to grow in. This is a normal process, and cats should have their adult teeth by the time they’re seven months old. However, if an adult cat loses a tooth, it’s cause for concern.
Causes of tooth loss in cats
There are several reasons why cats lose their teeth, each requiring a visit to a veterinarian:
· Dental disease. Dental disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in cats. It's caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth, which can lead to inflammation and infection.
· Trauma. If your cat has been injured in an accident or a fight with another animal, it may lose a tooth as a result.
· Tooth resorption. Sometimes damaged or rotten teeth don’t fall out but get reabsorbed into the gums. Tooth resorption can be painful, so if you notice the point of a tooth above the gum line, it’s time to act.
· Oral tumours. Oral tumours are rare in cats, but they can cause tooth loss.
What you need to do when you find your cat’s tooth
If you notice your cat has lost a tooth, it's important to take them to the vet to determine the cause and get treatment. The vet will instruct you on monitoring your cat's recovery, including how to administer medications. Be sure to follow these instructions closely to ensure your cat heals properly.
After your cat has lost a tooth and seen a vet, provide it with a soft diet to help prevent further tooth damage. Also, losing a tooth can make it harder for your cat to drink, so ensure there’s plenty of water available.
With proper care, your cat can still live a happy and healthy life even if they lose a tooth.
Preventing tooth loss in cats
Prevention is the best way to fight tooth loss. Annual dental checkups help prevent tooth loss and other dental problems. At home, dental treats or toys and regular brushing with cat-friendly toothpaste can help keep their teeth clean and gums healthy. Your veterinarian can suggest the best dental pet supplies for cats.
Pet dentistry and veterinarian services in Scarborough
Bellamy-Lawrence Animal Hospital offers comprehensive veterinarian services for your cat, including pet dentistry. We also provide pet supplies that’ll help you maintain your cat’s dental hygiene. Contact us today at our Scarborough clinic to schedule a dental check-up.