Gingivitis is a problem very common in cats, especially in those that are adults or are of advanced age. It is a disease that affects the gums, teeth and, in general, all parts of the animal's mouth.
To make your life a little easier, we are going to tell you how to treat gingivitis in cats.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis or gingivostomatitis is a disease characterized by a serious inflammation of the gums. The pain that the cat may feel is so intense that it may even stop eating to avoid feeling discomfort. It is associated with different factors, including having a bland diet or poor oral hygiene. Unfortunately, there is no specific cure for gingivitis, so only the symptoms are treated at the moment.
Symptoms of gingivitis in cats
The symptom they are very varied:
- Excessive drooling
- Difficulty chewing normally
- Pain in the mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Decrease in weight
- Yellow, worn, or broken teeth
- Swollen gums
- Bad breath (halitosis)
As we said, there is no specific cure. If you detect that your cat begins to have problems eating, it will be time to take him to the vet for an examination and give him the most appropriate treatment depending on your case. Generally, you will be given broad-spectrum antibiotics, such as amoxicillin, and with immunosuppressive medications, such as cyclosporine. Never give your cat a medication without veterinary recommendation, since you could put their health at risk.
On the other hand, also it is very important that you keep your furry's mouth clean. For that, I recommend that you clean them with a brush and a toothpaste made specifically for the care of the animal at least once a day.
And by the way Give your cat a piece of food that is tough every now and then, such as apple or cat treats to maintain proper oral hygiene. In this way, you will keep your teeth in good condition for longer.