Veterinarians have been talking to cat caretakers about the importance of dental health and encouraging regular dental care for at least the past decade or two, and with good reason. The American Veterinary Dental Society estimates that 85% of cats over 3 years of age need dental care. The trouble is, dental cleanings seem expensive because cats require general anesthesia for the procedure. Although we humans understand why our mouths are being poked, prodded and scraped with pointy things, this is not true for cats. There is no doubt that general anesthesia does involve some risk. Here at Chico Hospital for Cats our anesthesia procedure is quite advanced and the risk and discomfort to your cat is minimal.
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My next two blog entries will focus on appetite disorders in cats. Part 1 will discuss loss of appetite, and part 2 will discuss increased appetite. Remember, as always, that the vets at Chico Hospital for Cats are always happy to help you with you cat’s health needs.
A depressed appetite in the cat can occur for many medical reasons, and is not specific to any one disease. Kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, dental disease, GI tract pain, GI tract inflammation, urinary tract disease, musculoskeletal pain, anxiety,