I learned from my veterinarian that dental disease is common in cats. How do I know if my cat has dental disease?
Dental disease in cats is very common. It is estimated that almost 70% of cats over the age of 3 have some type of dental disease. If your cat has shown less of an interest in eating, is dropping food from its mouth, or now prefers softer food, dental disease and the pain it often brings may be the reason.
A “finicky” eater, especially one that’s losing weight, may be in need of a dental check to make sure its teeth are not the reason for its lack of interest in eating. Other signs to look for are foul smelling breath, drooling, pawing at the mouth or head shaking.