Since my cat swallows cat tartar treats whole, can I give him dog tartar treats?

My cat tends to eat food so zestfully, he'll forego chewing. As a result, he's been getting some tartar problems. I've tried kitty tartar treats, but he'll just swallow them whole. A friend of mine suggested trying tartar treats for small dogs instead, and lo, they are big enough that he has to chew them! (also since he is a vacuum, he loves them.)

Now however, I'm wondering if it's entirely okay that he's eating them. They're just a supplement to his normal cat-food diet, and he'll never get more than two a day. I've read through the ingredients, and there isn't anything that stands out suspiciously-- most ingredients are practically identical to his normal cat treats.

If giving him dog tartar treats is no good, is there an alternative you guys can suggest? He doesn't take well to getting his teeth brushed.


Asked by Rook on Oct 27th 2010 Tagged treats, dogtreats, tartar, dental in Treats
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Izadore (Izzie)

There's no reason why you shouldn't give him the dog treats. I'm surprised he'll eat them. My Izzie shares my Springer Spaniel's supper but won't touch the dogs' treats. They sit in an open bag on the kitchen table and he totally ignores them. As long as they are not a staple of his diet, there's no reason why he shouldn't have one to gnaw on occasionally. If he does truly swallow them "whole", I would not give him the tiny dog treats but stick with moderately larger ones. You don't want to cause a blockage. When he goes in for his yearly vet exam, make sure the vet checks his teeth. They may also suggest having them cleaned yearly.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 10/27/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I just wanted to add an additonal note about the tartar issue. Dry food really doesn't do anything for the animal, as far as removing tartar. It is equivalent to thinking that if we eat potato chips and cookies, it will clean our teeth. Scientific evidence now shows that unless the food is specifically tailored to dental issues (such as prescription dental diets), it has little to no beneficial effects. Just like humans, some cats have more dental issues than others. And most cats will not tolerate having their teeth brushed, so that leaves the only option of getting regular dentals. Take care!

Dahlia answered on 10/27/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Nothing is better than a professional dental cleaning. February is Pet Dental Month. Most vets offer a 10% discount that month.

Twinkle answered on 10/28/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer