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What's the best way to keep a kitty's teeth clean?

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Panther

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Purred: Fri Jan 27, '12 6:51pm PST 
Just wondering how you all keep your cats' teeth clean? Panther is inside/outside, so she usually hunts and eats small critters, so that helps her teeth stay clean quite a bit. She's going to become an inside cat 100% soon though, so I'm worried about her teeth. I'd like to avoid ever having to have a dental done at the vet, but its hard to find cat-friendly dental stuff. Any ideas?
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Rajah

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Purred: Fri Jan 27, '12 8:45pm PST 
Have you considered switching her to a raw diet? If you jump over to the raw feeding forum you'll find a lot of helpful info!

Rajah's teeth were horrible when I rescued him when he was fifteen. After a few months on raw they were perfectly cleanway to go
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Merlin - An Angel- Forever

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Purred: Sat Jan 28, '12 5:43am PST 
Daily toothbrushing way to go Teeth need to be brushed daily to remove bacteria and plaque buildup and food partciles, whether it's a Human or a cat or a dog smile Even everyother day brushing or omce a week brushing, if you can manage that, is better than not brushing at all.

Here's a video of how to brush a cat's teeth: http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/pet/fhc/brushing_teeth Use only pet toothpaste and a pet toothbrush or finger brush.

Water additivies don't do anything, IMO. Cats don't drink enough water from a bowl of fountain for a water additive to have any effect. A couple licks a few times a day won't help shrug

There are dental rinses but many cats don't like having stuff squirted into their mouths.

Then there are dental treats and chews, even special (junk-filled) dry food. Most don't work because most cats just swallow the pieces whole shrug CET dental chews are the only ones I would suggest. They're pretty big pieces so a cat has to chew on it to break it up into easy to swallow pieces.

And there's the way a cat would do in the wild: gnaw on some raw meats and organs and bones from prey. Poultry necks and gizzards bought from the Human supermarket or butcher shop work well. Some cats will not touch raw because they are so used to eat commerical pet foods and do not recognize raw as food.
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Panther

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Purred: Sat Jan 28, '12 10:06am PST 
I've tried raw before with my dogs and it definitely didn't work out too well. Where I live at, its very hard to find enough variety for a raw diet, and I haven't been able to find any organs except for liver. I'll definitely pop over to the raw forum and see about supplementing with raw some to clean her teeth though. Thanks!

I also thought about different gels/water additives/toothpaste, but then I looked at all the different ingredients for them and haven't been able to find anything that has kitty-friendly ingredients. Do you know any specific brands?
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Pequena- (Sasha's- sister)

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Purred: Sat Jan 28, '12 3:17pm PST 
does anyone ever get their cats teeth cleaned? I have always wondered if this is someting I should do or not or if people are against it? thanks!
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Merlin - An Angel- Forever

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Purred: Sat Jan 28, '12 4:42pm PST 
CET is a good brand of dental products way to go Human used the toothpaste for me and now for her cats.

Dentals are necessary if you have a bad tooth that needs to be removed or a lot of plaque buildup that needs to be cleaned off or have periodontal disease or resoprtive lesions. Very bad stinky breath indicates that there may be underlying dental issues and a dental is needed. Your vet can look at your teeth and determine if you need a dental or not. Depending on what the vet finds, you may need just a simple cleaning or something more intensive.

Your regular vet may do dentals or you can look for a dental specialist.

Feburary is National Pet Dental Health Month and may vets offer discounts for dentals smile
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Bastet

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Purred: Sat Jan 28, '12 7:08pm PST 
I also recommend CET toothpaste, and yep, February is dental month and the vet I use is giving a 15% discount on dentals. But yeah, definitely get some CET toothpaste and a tiny toothbrush. It'll definitely be worth it.
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ZOEY

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Purred: Sat Jan 28, '12 8:28pm PST 
Mommy brushes Zack and my teeth everynite with Cet toothpaste and then after we get a CET dental chew which we luv! It has gotten to be a routine with us everynite and we always come get mom when it is time. We seem to enjoy it probably knowing we get the chew afterwards.

It is very important for cats teeth to be taken care of just like with humans. Some dental problems are genetic. Some cats won't need dental cleanings till they get older. Some will need them starting at an early age.


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Panther

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Purred: Sun Jan 29, '12 4:01pm PST 
I'll have to try that, thanks way to go
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Pequena- (Sasha's- sister)

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Purred: Sun Jan 29, '12 8:42pm PST 
Im always afraid that if I ask the vet about her teeth, even if the teeth are fine they will tell me she needs a cleaning anyways just to make more money off of me smile

how do you guys get your cats to let you brush their teeth? I remember I tried it with Sasha many years ago and I couldnt get her to let me do it really so I gave up after several unsuccessful attempts
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