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Have We Seen Your Cat Lately?



May and June focus is on cat health and dentistry


Did you know ‘70% of cats have dental disease by 2 years of age’

May & June OFFER:


* FREE Cat Dental Check by a Vet Nurse

* Discounted Dental Treatments

* Discounted Hills Dental Cat Food


Valid 1st May until 30th June 2023.  T&C’s apply.


Book online or call your local Sydney Animal Hospital now;

Newtown  (02)9519 4111    Inner West  (02)9516 1466    Norwest  (02)8883 0411    Kellyville  (02)8883 0533    Newport  (02)9997 4609    Avalon  (02)9918 0833








Cats are masters at hiding illness, so it is recommended that you visit your vet at least once a year to give your cat the all clear. By supporting this campaign, together we can improve the health of cats in our local community.

Animal Health Supplier Boehringer Ingelheim with the support of PIAA Pet Industry Association & Feline Practitioners developed a campaign ‘Have we seen your Cat lately?’ to help address this issue.

Did you know that many cats are not receiving the care they deserve? Australia has a pet cat population of 4.9 million, 30% of households own a cat.  With the impacts of the pandemic in recent years, one in five pet owners haven’t visited the vet in the last two years! Source: Animal Medicines Australia Pets and the Pandemic Report 2021 report.

Every year, more and more people have cats as pets, but cats continue to receive fewer annual veterinary health checks compared to dogs. What’s more, cats are living longer than they did 20 years ago. That’s why putting off veterinary visits can place your cat’s health at risk.







Cats can’t brush their teeth, but just like people, they are at risk for dental problems that can cause pain and serious health issues. Your cat is counting on you for dental care to stay healthy and happy.



Saliva, bacteria and food particles combine to form plaque every day. Plaque is the film you feel on your teeth in the morning when you wake up. Within 24 hours the plaque may begin to turn into tartar, a hard yellowish deposit on the teeth. Plaque also causes gingivitis – inflammation of the gums – that is the first stage of periodontal disease.



70% of cats have periodontal disease by the age of two, but other types of gum disease can occur even earlier. The major cause of gum disease is accumulation of plaque, which contains a high number of bacteria. These bacteria can spread to the lungs, liver, kidney and heart, causing infection there. Periodontal disease is painful, even if your cat may not show it.






Your vet will be able to spot any problems during your cat’s check-up, but until then, here are some things to look out for:

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow and brown tartar deposits on the teeth – normal teeth should always be white
  • A red line along the gum line (gingivitis)
  • Difficulty eating
  • Bleeding gums



There are 3 parts to taking care of your cat’s teeth:

  1. Regular tooth brushing or using a dental wipe
  2. A special food that works like a toothbrush
  3. Regular check-ups with your vet – every 6 months or AT LEAST once a year.


Although not easy, this is the best method for keeping your cat’s teeth as healthy as possible. It is best to start them getting used to the process from a young age.

Daily is ideal, but as often as you can is better than not at all. A special toothpaste must be used as human toothpaste contains fluoride which is toxic to our pets. Ask your vet or vet nurse what he or she would recommend and get them to show you what to do.



In addition to tooth brushing or instead of, you can use a special food. Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d is created with a unique structure and size that helps reduce plaque, tartar and gingivitis. Regular dry food does not remove plaque. This is the simplest way of making sure your cat gets some form of ‘brushing’ each day.



Having at least once, but ideally twice, yearly check ups with your vet is the best way to be sure of your cat’s dental health. Your vet will grade their teeth and depending on that, they may advise a dental procedure. Low grades just require a nice scale a polish, much like we have at our dentists. Some conditions and higher dental grades, however, require more complex dental procedures involving extractions. During cat dental months Sydney Animal Hospitals are offering free dental checks with our veterinary nurses.




As well as seeing your vet regularly for their dental health, they will also have a full physical examination to ensure they are in good general physical health. Cat’s are very good at hiding illnesses and can often hide away in your home or outside when they aren’t feeling themselves. They receive much fewer veterinary checks than dogs due to this. However, they do show some subtle signs which we would like you to be aware of so that you can take the best care of your cat possible. If you see any of the following signs please contact your nearest Sydney Animal Hospital for advice:



If you see any of these subtle signs of illness in your cat, it’s time to visit your veterinarian:   

  • Inappropriate elimination behaviour or litter tray use
  • Changes in interaction
  • Changes in activity
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Changes in food and water consumption
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Changes in grooming
  • Signs of stress
  • Changes in vocalisation
  • Bad breath



Some general tips for keeping your cat happy and healthy at home

Ensure you have enough litter trays for each cat. We suggest if you have 2 cats your need 3 litter trays. Make sure they are away from where they eat and in a nice quiet place. Some cats who go outside might prefer a little bit of soil added in to their litter tray to make it more “natural”.


Cats can be quite sensitive to the type of dish that they feed from. Shallow dishes are best as deep bowls affect the sensation on their whiskers and you will often find that they eat food in the middle and leave the food around the edge. Plastic bowls although cheap and easy, can get easily scratched and harbour bacteria and lead to what we call “feline acne” on their chin. Ceramic and stainless steel dishes are the best to avoid bacteria and are also easy to clean.


Environmental enrichment is very important, especially for indoor cats. Scratching posts with different levels help keep their claws healthy and protect your furniture as well as giving cats high areas to lie and rest on which they often prefer. Toys and play time are a good way to keep them happy as well as healthy with the exercise.


Cats are not the best drinkers. It can be trial and error as to what works best for your own cat yet they still prefer the dirty water from the bottom of the bath! Having water bowls or mugs dotted around the house and away from their food can help. Also drinking fountains that are specifically made for our picky drinkers which can be found online or in pet stores.



For more information or to book your free dental check with a vet nurse Book online or call your local Sydney Animal Hospital now on;


Newtown  (02)9519 4111    Inner West  (02)9516 1466    Norwest  (02)8883 0411    Kellyville  (02)8883 0533    Newport  (02)9997 4609    Avalon  (02)9918 0833






T&C’s Apply;

  • FREE cat dental check is performed by qualified vet nurse, if any further treatment is required, you will be quoted to see a vet.
  • Bookings essential.
  • Hill’s Food discount is only available on Cat dental foods.
  • Offer is valid until 30th June 2023


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