|Purred: Thu Aug 30, '07 1:03pm PST |
|I get asked about teeth a lot since I am a groomer. First off, if your teeth are already dirty, brushing them won't help. Brushing only helps if you had always been doing it, or if you want to start doing it after the kitties teeth get cleaned. Just like people, brushing your teeth isn't going to remove tarter, only a dentist can do it. You can try and get some dental tools and scale the teeth yourself if they aren't really bad.
Second, I would check around for other vets. The 1st vet we took our new pound pup too (well a year ago) went on and on about how bad her teeth look. Wanted to charge $300 for her teeth to get cleaned. Even his receptionist told us that her teeth were fine. And then I started to use a new vet because obviously this guy is trying to rip us off. The new vet laughed and said her teeth were fine.
A lot of low cost spay and nueter places offer teeth cleaning for 1/2 the price as vets. If you don't have those anywhere and your kitties teeth do actually need to be cleaned, shop around for prices, ask friends what vets they would recommend, see if anyone can offer you payment plans.
Also, is your kitties eating wet food? Wet food is good for kitties that won't drink water, but it helps decay their teeth really fast. Dry food is good for their teeth, helps keeps them clean.
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