Animal Scene - - HEALTH -

Tooth re­sorp­tion is one of the lead­ing causes of teeth loss in cats. It oc­curs in cats of all ages, but its fre­quency and ef­fects in­crease ex­po­nen­tially as the cat grows older. Its un­der­ly­ing cause is cur­rently un­known, but its iden­ti­fy­ing symp­tom is the pres­ence of le­sions that cause the enamel of teeth to erode and be re­ab­sorbed. It usu­ally af­fects the back mo­lar and pre­mo­lar teeth in a sym­met­ri­cal fash­ion. The re­sorp­tive process can­not be dis­rupted, and any af­fected teeth must be ex­tracted.

See your vet im­me­di­ately if you ob­serve the fol­low­ing symp­toms in your cat: head shak­ing, ex­ces­sive drool­ing and dis­com­fort, red in­flamed tis­sue along the gum line, and teeth that “chat­ter” when touched.

(Adapted from “Vet­eri­nary Guides 14: Teeth and Oral Health,” a primer de­vel­oped by Cats Pro­tec­tion, the UK’S lead­ing fe­line wel­fare char­ity http://www.cats.org.uk/doc­u­ments/cat-care­leaflet­s2013vg14­teethando­ral­health)

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