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Tooth Resorption In Cats

Tooth resorption in cats is technically referred to as Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions (FORL) or Odontoclastic Resorption. The condition is extremely common in cats. Cats over 5 years old have at least experience the problem and the cases increase with age. Certain feline breeds are more prone to the condition, such as Persians, Siamese, Abyssinians, and Asian shorthairs. The problem is more often observed in the back teeth but it can affect any of the cat’s teeth. Affected cats are observed to drool and have difficulty chewing. There is also bleeding from the mouth. The pain and discomfort can result in behavioral changes with cats becoming more aggressive or hiding away. 

The cause of tooth resorption in cats is not known. Some theories that have been forwarded include mineral imbalance, plaque, or a combination of several factors. 

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