Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

How can I tell if my cat has bad teeth?

Saturday, February 08, 2014
Cats are determined to hide any sign of pain or discomfort from us. The observant owner may notice one or more of the following if they are really on the ball:

    • not grooming properly, leaving coat matted, loose or scurfy
    • eating on one side of mouth or tilting the head to one side when chewing
    • resenting stroking around the face/jaw
    • not enjoying handling at all
    • keen hunter not interested in hunting any more
    • keen warrior not interested in fighting any more
    • not wanting to play with tug toys
    • throwing food to back of mouth to chew
    • bringing unchewed, unlubricated food up within 10 minutes of a meal
    • hesitating at food bowl even though clearly hungry
    • not crunching kibble
    • preferring moist to dry food when used to prefer dry to moist and vice versa
    • bad breath
    • eating only a little but going back to the bowl often
    • drooling
    • pawing mouth
    • swollen face
    • bleeding from mouth
    • grinding teeth

Search Blog

Recent Posts


kittens twitching painful itchy sun free award hypertension urination plaque scratching lilies meows a lot kidneys outdoor cat cta fight panamax poisonous plants cat enclosure diuretics lump diet panadeine bed aspirin bite exercise headache paralysis aggressive introductions cryptococcosis cortisone computer cat friendly pain kitten deaths permethrin water rigid head panleukopenia thyroid flea prevention snake bite attack sick pica sore eyes corneal ulcer poisonous visit introducing crytococcosus strange behaviour check-up vision new kitten unwell scratching post IBD blood test cancer training hyperthyroidism holidays feline AIDS wool heavy breathing dry food runny nose high blood pressure anaemia litter dental treatment marking ulcerated nose changed vocal whiskers paralysis tick ACT home hairball face rub head heaing worming urinating on curtains or carpet intestine snakebite Hill's Metabolic xylitol urinating outside litter groom snakes sense of smell liver gifts blood pressure dymadon roundworm pain killer dehydration depomedrol lymphoma fight weight control eye ulcer pet grooming body language castration mince vomit New Year's Eve rolls blood sucking wool fabric photo competition pheromone moving constipation rash introduction feliway poisoning weight vaccine cat fight holiday cat behaviour petting cat mass dental check advantage herpesvirus slow blood in urine blindness prednisolone learning stress AIDS inflammatory bowel disease cat containment adipokines dementia lick spray best cat clinic breathing difficult kidney disease appetite skinny behaviour change furballs toxic runny eyes signs of pain lily poisons sudden blindness ribbon tapeworm obese urine cat worms decision to euthanase ulcer vomiting string mycoplasma carrier hard faeces breeder blocked cat Canberra euthanasia African wild cat cat flu touch old pain relief information night holes in teeth overweight wobbles diarrhoea tick hospital antibiotics diabetes bladder kitten play asthma tumour noisy breathing worms fluid pills hole tablet vaccination hunter eye feline herpesvirus panleukopaenia radioactive iodine hyperactive urine spraying kibble insulin teeth wet litter straining snuffles bad breath lame polish hungry discount furball sore ears feline enteritis grass tooth competition stare into space return home eye infection house call tradesmen brown snake introduce drinking a lot plants goodbye open night sick cat hearing open day foreign body sneeze sensitive stomach opening hours health check appointment love snot toxins abscess biopsy mouth breathing nails spraying in season not eating senior activity fits hunched over virus blind cat cat enclosures kidney cognitive dysfunction stiff pet insurance on heat antiviral arthritis paracetamol desex calicivirus lilly revolution when to go to vet food puzzles abscess,cat fight FORLS hunting yowling collapse FIV renal disease enteritis cage fat best vet spey aerokat thirst ulcers physical activity massage RSPCA aggression rub dental senses allergy, thiamine deficiency microchip blockage new year fireworks wet food blue paralysed cystitis holes fleas examination behaviour cat vet pet meat train pred home visit new cat hypertrophic cardiomyopathy seizures chlamydia panadol pill client night echocardiography gasping heart disease socialisation enemies cranky scale salivation annual check sensitive allergy comfortis cat history best veterinarian urinating anxiety poison flea treatment obesity tartar eyes rough play drinking more bladder stones thirsty vet visit conflict odour desexing birthday Canberra Cat Vet unsociable weight loss kitten fever hiding checkup change hunters off food bump skin cancer snuffle pancreatitis enclosure fear scratch prey mental health of cats flu cough christmas nose scabs skin best clinic joints snake dilated pupils restless sore jumping catoberfest indoor cats litter box old cat


A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions