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Teeth grinding?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Chippers, Jul 12, 2018 at 10:23 AM.


  1. Chippers

    Chippers I like cats

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    Hi all

    Neville has always done a weird noise and chewing motion with his mouth, pretty much as long as I've had him! I always thought it was him clearing long hair but after talking to someone today I've realised he's teeth grinding!! I didn't even know cats did this and now I feel guilty...
    He goes to the vet for annual vaccinations etc and they always check his teeth and they've been fine. I've read it could be stress but he is the most unstressed cat I know :p

    Does anyone have any experience with teeth grinding? Could it just be a habit?

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  2. Summercat

    Summercat PetForums VIP

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    I do but at night sometimes when stressed. I also clench my jaw.
    I don't know about it in cats but my first thought as he does it frequently, it is maybe an allignment issue. It may be subtle and has not been picked up.
    Grinding frequently can lead to wearing down of teeth in certain areas.
    It may be as you said habit.
     
  3. ewelsh

    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    Oh Neville is gorgeous beautiful coat.

    I don’t know about teeth grinding in cats, if the vet hasn’t found anything wrong with his teeth then it’s just a little quirk.
    Try write down when he is doing this, there might be a pattern x
     
  4. huckybuck

    huckybuck Feline Forum Fashionista

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    Mine are longhair and Grace and Little H both do the chew the mane thing and sometimes it does sound odd - wonder if they are doing it...
     
  5. chillminx

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    One of my previous cats used to grind his teeth a lot in his senior years after he'd become ill with chronic kidney disease. The most usual cause of teeth grinding is dental, but there was nothing wrong with my cat's teeth (he'd not long had a scale and polish when the teeth grinding started). The vet diagnosed it as being due to nausea (caused by the CKD) and prescribed antacids for him, which did help quite a bit.

    I'm not saying that Neville has CKD or acidity problems though. You may find it interesting to read this article about possible causes of teeth grinding, by a pet dental specialist.

    http://www.mypetsdentist.com/cat-grinding-teeth-salivating.pml
     
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    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    I have a friend whose young cat grinds her teeth. The cat is fed a wet diet with a probiotic. Her vet also diagnosed it as possible tummy upset and prescribed pepcid (1/4 of a 10 mg tablet) when it happens. She doesn't use it very often, if at all, any more I don't think.
     
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  7. Chippers

    Chippers I like cats

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    Thanks everyone. I would say the most common time is when I wake up, he comes and sits on my chest purring and does it, it's the only time he's super friendly ha ha!
    Could be acidity problems maybe, he's not always been a great eater (although we've got a system going at the moment that works) so maybe that.

    :D

    He does sit chewing his beard and sometimes just sits there with it stuck in his mouth
     
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