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Mistake 6: Neglecting Dental Care

You brush your teeth every day, so why not your cat's teeth too? Dental care is often overlooked in cats, Brode says. This can easily lead to painful, infected teeth. Gum disease can damage a cat's teeth just as it can yours, leading to decay and inflammation as well as bone and tooth loss -- with pain you may not notice until the problem is advanced.

The solution is regular oral exams, teeth cleanings, and daily brushings -- yes, it can be done -- as well as high-quality food and chew toys. The toys not only satisfy kitty's desire to chew but also massage the gums and remove soft tartar.

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