Signs Your Cat Is Having An Oral Health Issue

Your cat could be having an oral health issue and you may not know about it because you might not know what signs to watch out for, and your cat isn't able to tell you itself. If your cat has an oral health concern, there are signs that you can watch out for. Read on for some of the signs that you should watch out for in your cat that may be concerning. 

Excessive Drooling

If your cat is drooling, and it's more excessive than usual, your cat could be experiencing an oral health issue. Your cat could have a dental infection or could have gum disease and the pain it's causing your cat may be leading to drooling. If you notice your cat drooling and that's an unusual behavior for it, you should take it to the veterinarian to have its mouth looked at to check for infections or any other oral health concerns.

Pawing At The Mouth

If your cat is pawing at its mouth, it may be because of an oral concern. Your cat may be pawing as a way to show you that its mouth is hurting. Your cat may be in pain and is pawing because it doesn't know how to help itself. Your cat may end up causing itself harm and scratching its own skin and fur, leaving a wound to also have to contend with. If you notice your cat pawing excessively at the mouth, you need to get it the help it needs before more harm is caused.

Inability To Eat

If your cat is not able to eat or drink without appearing in pain or is experiencing weight loss due to the inability to eat, you need to have your cat checked out by the veterinarian. It could be something else going on, or your cat could have a dental concern. A broken tooth, dental infection, or some other type of dental issue may be causing this problem with your cat. You may be able to look inside your cat's mouth to see if there is a broken tooth or swollen gums, or you may be able to see blood in your cat's mouth as well. 

If you notice any of these signs, or you suspect your cat is experiencing a dental issue, you need to take your cat to the veterinarian to have its teeth and gums inspected and treated as needed. Keep a close eye out for signs of an oral health concern in your cat to prevent it from suffering from any unnecessary pain due to the dental concern.

Contact a local cat dentist to learn more.