My cat looks like she is grinding her teeth sometimes. Why does she do this? Cheryl Jecht
This is a question best answered by her veterinarian. Teeth grinding can be a symptom of dehydration, which may mean your cat isn’t drinking enough water or that her kidneys aren’t working properly. If it’s just a matter of water consumption, you may be able encourage her to drink by:
• Changing her water bowl (some cats prefer ceramic bowls over potentially taste-altering metal or plastic)
• Buying her a fountain (running water can be more attractive)
• Adding tasty drops (specially formulated for cats) to her water.
If it’s a more serious medical condition, your vet will offer her a treatment protocol.
To test for dehydration:
• Pinch the skin between her shoulder blades. If she’s properly hydrated it will snap back into place.
• Feel her gums (if she’ll let you). They should be moist but not sticky.
Your vet will also be able to rule out or address dental issues.