At Vet At Your Door, we understand that your cat's dental health is a crucial part of their overall well-being. Good dental care is essential not only for your cat's comfort but also for preventing more serious health issues. As a house call veterinary service that is Fear Free Certified, we are dedicated to providing stress-free, compassionate care right in the comfort of your home. We recognize that dental problems can be challenging for both pets and their owners, which is why our team is committed to making dental check-ups and care as easy and convenient as possible. From evaluating your cat's dental health to referring to our partner practices for specialized dental procedures, we are here to ensure your furry friend receives the best possible care without the discomfort of a traditional veterinary visit.
Here are some commonly asked questions that we get about cat dental care:
How many teeth do cats have?
Cats have a total of 26 baby teeth and 30 adult teeth. These include the sharp canines, small incisors, premolars, and molars. Cats use these teeth for grooming, eating, and, in the wild, for defense. Dental issues in cats often go unnoticed, so it's important to have regular check-ups. Vet At Your Door can help you keep an eye on your cat's dental health, ensuring they maintain a full, healthy set of teeth.
When do cats get their baby and adult teeth?
Kittens start growing their baby teeth at around 3-4 weeks of age. By 6-7 months, they should have all their adult teeth. Monitoring the development of these teeth is important for early detection of dental issues. At Vet At Your Door, we can help you track this development and advise on proper dental care during these crucial stages.
Do cats get cavities?
Cavities can occur in cats. They can also suffer from other dental issues like plaque build-up and gum disease. A cat's low-sugar diet and unique tooth shape reduce the risk of cavities. Regular dental check-ups with Vet At Your Door can help identify and prevent potential dental problems in your cat.
Why are cat bites likely to get infected?
Cat bites are prone to infection due to bacteria in their mouth and the deep puncture wounds their sharp canines can cause. Understanding the anatomy and potential risks of cat bites is crucial for pet owners. We at Vet At Your Door can provide guidance on handling and interacting with your cat to minimize the risk of bites.
Can cats re-grow their teeth?
Cats do not re-grow teeth once they lose them. Their dental structure is permanent after the adult teeth come in. This makes it essential to protect these teeth from damage or disease. We can assist in monitoring your cat's dental health and provide recommendations for maintaining their permanent teeth.
Do cats need braces?
In rare cases, cats may need braces to correct severe dental malformations, often due to genetic conditions or injuries. Understanding these needs is important for a cat's health and comfort. While Vet At Your Door doesn't provide orthodontic services, we can help identify such issues and refer you to a specialist.
Can cats get mouth cancer?
Unfortunately, cats can develop oral tumors. Early detection through regular dental check-ups is crucial. Symptoms to watch for include lumps, swelling, or discolored areas in the mouth. Our team at Vet At Your Door can help in early detection and guide you through the next steps for treatment.
What about swollen gums and mouth inflammation?
Swollen gums and mouth inflammation can be a sign of dental diseases like gingivitis or stomatitis. These conditions can be painful and affect your cat's ability to eat. Regular dental check-ups with us can help identify these issues early and provide a plan for managing your cat's oral health.
Is it bad if I can't brush my cat's teeth?
While regular brushing is ideal, it's not always possible for every pet owner. Professional cleaning is a good alternative. We can help guide you on how to incorporate dental care into your routine and provide alternatives for maintaining your cat's dental hygiene.
What if my cat has a painful tooth problem that may require extraction?
Conditions like feline ondoclastic resorptive lesions (FORLs) can cause significant pain and may require tooth extraction. These conditions can develop without obvious symptoms, so regular dental check-ups are important. Vet At Your Door can assist in the initial diagnosis and ensure your cat gets the necessary care.
Understanding and caring for your cat's dental health is a vital part of their overall well-being. At Vet At Your Door, we're dedicated to providing compassionate, knowledgeable care to help keep your cat's smile healthy and bright. Whether it's regular check-ups, advice on dental hygiene, or managing dental issues, our Fear Free Certified approach ensures a stress-free experience for your beloved pet. Remember, early detection and prevention are key to maintaining your cat's dental health. If you have concerns or need guidance, don't hesitate to reach out to us. You can call us at (207) 536-8387, email us at email@example.com, or fill out our online form to request an appointment. We're here to help your feline friend stay happy and healthy, right in the comfort of your home.