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Symptoms: How to spot tartar in cats


If you know the symptoms, tartar can be recognized early in cats and appropriate measures can be initiated. The sooner you go to the vet with your house tiger, the better the chances are that your cat's teeth and jaw will not suffer permanent damage. The more timely tartar is discovered in cats, the better - Image: Shutterstock / Krivitsky Vladimir

As a rule, the first thing you recognize tartar in cats is that the teeth have yellowish to brownish discoloration. These symptoms can initially be identified by the transition from the gum to the tooth. Sometimes, however, the entire tooth is already covered by the coating. Initially, these are relatively soft rubbers. However, they harden within a few days and can only be removed by professional cleaning by the veterinarian.

Identify tartar in cats by bad breath

The more plaque has formed on your four-legged friend's teeth, the more likely it is that bad breath will also appear as one of the typical symptoms of tartar in cats. If you do not regularly check your cat's bites, you will notice at the latest when something is cuddling that something is wrong. If it smells unpleasant from the mouth, it makes sense to get to the bottom of the cause. Bacteria that build up in the tartar-hardened coating spread an unpleasant smell when they break down the food residues.

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Inflammation as a symptom of tartar

At the latest when you can see that the gums of your house tiger are inflamed, you should consult a veterinarian to avoid more serious health consequences. The rough coating on the tooth necks has already irritated the gums so much that it has turned red or has even receded somewhat. Bleeding occurs again and again, and cats stop eating when they are in great pain.

Act in time and avoid consequential damage

If you notice any of the symptoms of tartar in cats, see a veterinarian. The earlier, the better for your cat: because up to this point, the tartar and inflammation can still be treated. However, if they spread further, they can attack the surrounding tissue: if bone tissue is affected, the teeth can loosen or even fall out. With such a periodontitis, the entire organism can also quickly become endangered if the bacteria spread over the bloodstream.