|Purred: Thu Jul 22, '10 11:58am PST |
I am so sorry about your baby's teeth getting pulled. Bonnie had 4 teeth pulled at 2 years old, and I remember thinking that if dry food was cleaning her teeth, I could only imagine how bad her teeth would be if I wasn't feeding dry. Fast forward a few years and I learned that the "dry food cleans teeth" thing was a myth, and can actually make it worse. Ever bite into bread and it got stuck to the roof of your mouth, and you practically need a crowbar to remove it? Dry food sticks to their teeth and becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, which leads to dental problems.
So some suggestions: if you're feeding any dry, please stop. Dry food is inappropriate for cats for several reasons (www.catinfo.org is a great site for this information). If you can feed raw, esp. raw meaty bones (NOT cooked), that's the best, since chewing on the bones helps clean their teeth. Feeding raw chicken or turkey gizzards, which are pretty tough, also help clean the teeth, and they love it! You can usually find chicken hearts and gizzards in the supermarket and they're cheap.
You can also brush their teeth (if they'll let you) , and I'm sure the other catsters will have some great suggestions on what products work well. I used to add a dental rinse to my cats' water fountain, but also started brushing their teeth so I don't know how well the rinse worked.
I hope this helps a little, and feel better soon!
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