Tuesday, February 27, 2024

4 Tips for Keeping Your Cat's Teeth Healthy

One of my most vivid childhood memories is of the day we had to leave my beloved cat Patch at the vet to have several teeth extracted. I still remember my mother crying in the car when she picked me up from school as she told me how he had climbed up her jacket, practically pleading with her not to leave him there. As she explained the surgery he would be undergoing I couldn't help but wonder if my best friend would be coming home. Thankfully Patch made a full recovery, and as a result I learned the importance of caring for my cat's teeth at a very young age.

February is Dental Health Month, serving as a reminder of how important it is to make your pet’s dental care a priority. If left untreated poor dental hygiene can be associated with more dangerous medical conditions such as kidney, liver, heart complications and diabetes. Unfortunately, most cats develop periodontal disease by age three showing symptoms such as swollen gums, increased drooling, whining while eating, loss of appetite, weight loss, bleeding, and loose or discolored teeth. Periodontal disease in pets is a chronic, irreversible condition, which is why taking care of your pet's mouth before there's a problem is so important.

Here are some tips for keeping your pet’s teeth as healthy as possible:

Monthly Checks: A monthly examination of the mouth can stop dental problems in their tracks. Things to look for include bad breath, cysts or tumors, missing or loose teeth, redness, inflammation and too much moisture or drool. It's important to get familiar with your cat's mouth and desensitize her to touch as early as possible in order to do regular checks and report anything unusual to your vet right away.

Veterinary Visits: Your veterinarian should examine your pet’s mouth at each visit. Many offices even offer tooth and gum cleanings and mouth care services. Many vets are offering these services at a discount during the month of February so this is a great time to make an appointment!

Brush Their Teeth: Brushing your cat’s teeth at home is not as scary as it sounds! Look for pet specific toothpaste since human toothpaste can upset their stomach. As for brushing, you can use a toothbrush or simply wrap some gauze around your finger. Go slowly and gently as your cat gets used to the consistency of whatever you’re using and the taste of the toothpaste. Make it a fun experience, and try to do it a couple times a week. A regular routine will make training much easier.

Diet: Like humans, a pet’s diet can affect their overall health. There are many cat treats and foods on the market made specifically to help reduce tartar and plaque build-up. Food debris feeds the bacteria that causes gingivitis, so make sure your cat always has lots of fresh water available to wash away any particles left after a meal.

None of us can stand the thought of our beloved pets being in any sort of pain or discomfort, and since cats are notorious for masking signs of illness, it's up to us as pet parents to remain vigilant about all aspects of their care, including their pearly whites. Preventive care isn't difficult and the payoff is huge!

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Caturday Art

Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!

And now our weekly answers (all answered by Mommy this week) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

1. Gone with the Wind is a movie I can quote by heart.

2. Biting my nails is a bad habit that I would like to stop doing.

3. I look forward to the return of When Calls the Heart.

4. Amongst my family and friends, I'm known as the crazy cat lady. (I should say that crazy cat lady is not a phrase I like. I come from a long line of cat ladies on my mom's side of the family, but not so much on my dad's side, so I'm sure that's how they think of me.)

Friday, February 23, 2024

Is That Even A Cat?!?!?! #PetPhotoFails

Meows from Mudpie!

Thank you for joining us for this month's edition of the Pet Photo Fails blog hop! The winter sure has zoomed by this year, mostly because we haven't even really had a winter. The temps haven't been terribly cold, no snow storms (although some of our biggest storms in years past have come in March), this is even the warmest February on record! Hopefully the window whiffies won't be very far away...

My blooper this month is a real doozy. Can you even tell that's me in the picture? I guess you can by the beige spot on my chest. Talk about a selfie going completely off the rails!!!

That's my blooper...let's see yours!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

A Hump Day Funny

Meows from Mudpie!

We have a really funny story to share with you, but I should start out by saying we wouldn't be laughing about it if he'd been hurt, but he's fine, so here goes...

On Sunday evening my grandpa headed into the bathroom. He started to sit down on the toilet too soon before he was completely over it, and down he went.

Where did he land? 

Right in the middle of my litter box.

Once Mommy was finally able to help him get up she couldn't stop laughing. She even said she wished she'd taken a picture! I don't think grandpa found it nearly as amusing as Mommy did!

Where was I during the commotion? Sound asleep in my KatKabin, completely oblivious to what was going on in my potty. Thankfully he didn't leave a calling card behind.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Caturday Art

Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!

And now our weekly answers (all answered by Mommy this week) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

1. The 2020 pandemic taught me that I enjoy social distancing.

2. A game I enjoy playing is Clue.

3. My perfect day would include never having to leave the house.

4. If I could only listen to one song for the rest of my life, I would choose anything of Conway's. As long as I could hear his voice, it wouldn't matter the song.