Inflammation of the gums in cats: symptoms

Inflammation of the gums in cats, also called gingivitis, is accompanied by different symptoms depending on the progress of the disease. It is important to recognize them in good time so that periodontitis does not develop from them. Therefore, the inflammation should be treated as soon as possible by a veterinarian. Possible symptom of gingivitis: changes in eating behavior - Image: Shutterstock / Poprotskiy Alexey

Before the first symptoms of inflammation of the gums appear in cats, you may notice a harbinger of the disease: dental plaque or tartar has formed on your tiger's teeth. These dental problems often cause inflammation and should be treated as early as possible.

Inflammation of the gums in cats: recognize symptoms in good time

You need a bit of luck to spot the onset of gingivitis. It is helpful if you regularly check your pet's teeth and thus quickly recognize possible changes. These symptoms can indicate gum disease:

• Redness of the gums
• Changed eating behavior (eating less and / or faster)
• Increased salivation
• Bad breath

If the gum infection in cats has progressed and periodontitis has already developed, the following symptoms may appear.

Bleeding gums
• Gums receding
• tooth loss

Cats with gingivitis: treatment

If cats have gum disease, the treatment consists of several steps: ...

Recognize changes in eating behavior

The changed eating behavior is often the first sign for cat owners to recognize that something is wrong in the cat's mouth. With inflamed gums, the cat suddenly doesn't eat as well as usual, even though it seems to be hungry. Even if she hurries to the bowl, she eats little and hesitantly there. If she has the choice between wet food and dry food, she will probably choose the wet food and leave the dry food lying around, because the wet food causes her less pain when eating. It may also be that your velvet paw suddenly eats much faster than usual to get rid of the pain as quickly as possible.

If your cat shows the symptoms above, you should see your vet. If your kitty suddenly eats badly, or eats differently than usual, you should generally have this checked by a veterinarian, because inflammation of the gums in cats and periodontitis are only two of the many different cat diseases that can be associated with these symptoms.

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