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Many pets go without the dental care that they need. Some pet owners don't know that pets need dental care, while others don't realize that their pet is already showing signs of problems. While more severe indications like tooth loss and bad breath likely indicate that your cat needs dental help, there are other signs that can often be missed. Here's three of them you should look out for.
Vomiting Solid Food
This primarily applies to cats who eat dry food, or kibble. Some cats never chew their food, but if you've heard the tell-tale crunch often enough while feeding your cat, chances are your cat has been happy to chew their food at least at one point.
If you notice that your cat is throwing up undigested, unchewed kibble, this may be an indication that their teeth are in bad shape. Cats will sometimes try to just swallow their food without chewing if their teeth hurt. This can be hard on their digestive system, and as a result, they may throw up the food.
Growling While Eating
Some cats growl while they eat in order to protect their territory. This is much more likely if you have additional pets. However, there are other times when cats may growl while eating.
For example, if your cat hasn't done this in the past or there's no one around that should trigger them to growl, it may be a sign that they're in pain. Your cat may not understand that eating hurts their teeth - all they know is that they're trying to eat and something is making them hurt. As a result, they may growl to ward off any potential attackers (even if there are none) or simply because their teeth hurt. Think of it as like grumbling while trying to chew with a bad tooth.
Finally, weight loss can often be a sign that your cat's teeth are not in good shape. Vomiting, as mentioned earlier, can contribute to this. However, even without throwing up, it's possible for cats to lose weight due to bad teeth for a couple of reasons.
The simplest reason is that your cat may be unable to eat all the food that's offered to them because of the pain that they are experiencing. However, if your cat's body is actively fighting an infection in their gums and/or teeth, they may also be burning more calories as their immune system tries to fight it off. With these two problems and possible vomiting combined, weight loss is highly likely if your cat has bad teeth
Consult with an animal hospital in your area if you have concerns about your cat's health.Share