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Don’t Ignore Teeth Grinding in Cats — It’s a Major Sign of Pain in Your Pet

It's common - but definitely NOT normal. If you've ever observed it, you know instinctively that something's wrong. By far the most common culprit is pain - sometimes excruciating pain. So you'll want to get to the bottom of it quickly, addressing both the pain and the underlying issue.

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Teeth grinding is a fairly common condition in cats, and it’s almost always a sign of a painful underlying disorder that may occur inside or outside the mouth
  • Inside the mouth, reasons a cat may grind his teeth include abnormal alignment of the teeth (resulting in TMJ pain, tooth fracture, gum disease, mouth ulcers, an inflammatory oral disease or cancer)
  • Certain diseases outside the mouth can also cause teeth grinding, including several digestive disorders
  • It’s important to have a tooth-grinding kitty seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible for pain management and diagnosis and treatment of the underlying cause of the grinding

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