Gum Disease in Cat’s
There are several reasons why cat’s gums bleed the most common cause is periodontal disease. Bleeding can also result from a small cut or scratch on the gum. Small objects that become lodged between gum line and a tooth. Growths, such as polyps or tumours and certain illnesses such as liver failure.
Observe if your cat has signs including reddened gums, unpleasant odour to the breath, loose teeth, or the colour like caked in yellowish brown tartar, lumps or bumps on the gums.
Periodontal disease is likely to be the problem which is bacteria build up on the gums and teeth causing dental plaque which is a sticky substance.
Once tartar forms on your pet’s teeth, the bacteria infiltrate the gum and cause inflammation and bleeding. Left untreated, tooth loss and bone deterioration will occur, and the bacteria can enter the bloodstream to adversely affect renal and cardiac health, cancers etc.
The first stage of gum disease gingivitis which is reversible providing the teeth are maintained and cleaned observe if the cat is having difficulty eating this could be a sign of cracked or damaged teeth, is advisable to check your cats’ teeth often.
If your cat is elderly a cat toothbrush could be harsh, and you may have to clean with your finger nails and cat tooth paste if you notice a bluish tinge then it can be a sign of liver problems. Feline Stomatitis is painful and debilitating disease is caused by severe oral inflammation or ulceration. Bad Breath, swollen gums, excessive salivation or drooling problems with eating and possible weight loss as a result. In most cases vets will recommend extraction of most or all the teeth.
Clean your cat’s teeth at least once a month with cat toothpaste since human toothpaste is no good for your cat’s teeth.