Brushing your pet’s teeth every day is the best thing you can do, says Marzec, who recommends introducing it in stages, since some cats resist having their teeth brushed.
“I think the most important tip is to go slow and work your way up to actually brushing with feline-specific toothpaste,” Marzec says.
In addition to chronic and stomatitis, cats with the feline calicivirus may suffer from upper respiratory infections, characterized by discharge from the eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and ulcerations on the tongue, says Dr.“I’ve learned not to just look at the teeth,” Landefeld says. That bad breath odor can mean toxins are building up.” Your veterinarian can examine your pet and take a blood test and to see if kidney disease is the problem.Kidney disease can be managed with dietary modifications, such as minimizing the phosphorus content of food, making sure your cat is adequately hydrated, and dealing with secondary issues such as , says Kornreich.A couple of times every year, she sees kitties stricken with lymphocytic plasmacytic stomatitis, a serious inflammation of the mouth that causes odors and extreme pain.“The cat’s gums look like raw hamburger,” Landefeld describes. It hurts when they open their mouths.” Treatment can involve cleaning and removing some or all the teeth, she says.