FORL in cats - Everything you need to know

Today we want to talk to you about a disease that is very common in cats: FORL. FORL stands for Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions and is a disease of your cat's teeth that can be very painful.

In this article we explain everything you need to know about FORL so that you can take care of your cat in a well-informed way.


Causes of FORL

Unfortunately, the exact cause of FORL is not yet fully understood. However, research assumes that several factors can promote the development of this disease. These include for example

  • hereditary predisposition,
  • lack of dental hygiene,
  • tartar or
  • inflammation of the gums.

It is also suspected that factors such as an unbalanced diet or stress may play a role.


Symptoms of FORL

Cats suffering from FORL dental disease often have pain in the mouth and may have difficulty eating or chewing. Eating difficulties are often manifested by:

  • reduced food intake,
  • frequent swallowing
  • heavy salivating or
  • unpleasant bad breath.

A change in posture when eating, for example if your cat holds its head at an angle or only chews food on one side of the mouth, can also be the first sign of FORL.


Treatment of FORL

Treatment for FORL usually consists of removing the teeth affected by the dental disease. Pain management can also help relieve your cat's suffering.

If the disease is caught early, the prognosis can be good. However, it is important that you take your cat to the dentist regularly to detect and treat FORL early.


Prevention of FORL

There are a few simple things you can do to reduce your cat's risk of FORL. Good dental care is key, and you can help your cat with our special emmi-pet ultrasonic toothpaste support.

Diet also plays an important role. A balanced and healthy diet can help keep your cat's teeth healthy. Regular veterinary check-ups can also help to detect, treat and prevent FORL at an early stage.


Diagnosis of FORL

FORL is diagnosed by a thorough examination of the teeth and mouth. This examination should be carried out by your vet. During this examination, the teeth are examined for signs of resorption, inflammation and other changes. In addition to palpation, radiography may help to assess the full extent of the disease.


FORL as a serious disease 

FORL is a serious disease of the cat's teeth, but can be prevented or detected early with regular and thorough dental care and veterinary check-ups. Make sure your kitten has regular check-ups with the vet and eat a balanced and healthy diet.

FORL can be very painful and can have a huge impact on your cat's wellbeing. However, with good dental care and regular check-ups, you can help keep your pet healthy and happy.

If you suspect your cat has FORL, you should see a vet as soon as possible. He or she will be able to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment. The earlier FORL is diagnosed and treated, the better the chances of a successful recovery.


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