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Why you should pay attention to your cat’s teeth
You may not pay much mind to the health of your cat's teeth. Since cats are independent and responsible for grooming every other aspect of themselves, many owners assume that they are doing what is best for their teeth, too. However, this common ideology about feline oral health has caused a massive number of pets to have dental issues. The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that a whopping 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by the time they are 3 years old.
Dental disease can be painful for cats, making it difficult for them to eat, drink and carry on with other activities in their daily lives. To prevent this condition in your feline, it is important to take certain steps to keep its chompers as healthy and strong as possible.
Some veterinarians recommend feeding cats dry, crunchy pet food to keep their teeth strong. However, even cats that have only ever eaten dry food can get oral disease, and cats that eat wet food can have perfectly healthy teeth and gums. Whatever variety of food your feline prefers, give it dental chews to keep its teeth in tip top shape. Feline Greenies Dental treats reduce tartar and plaque build up, while also cleaning teeth and freshening breath. C.E.T. Oral Hygeine Chews For Cats are another good option. Your cat will think these special snacks are a treat, not knowing that it is great for its health.
Still, giving your cat these chews may not be enough. The best way to maintain the utmost oral health in your kitty is to brush its teeth with pet toothpaste. Not only will using a pet toothpaste like C.E.T. Toothpaste be better since it is formulated for animals, it will make the process easier since it tastes good to cats.
Using pet products like the Petrodex Finger Toothbrush can be much easier than a typical toothbrush, since it fits over your finger and still effectively cleans even the most hard-to-reach spots. Using Max's Super Dental Wipes is another good alternative to the toothbrush/toothpaste combination.
Of course, there are plenty of cats that are either impatient or altogether intolerant of your attempts to clean its teeth. The best way to improve oral health for these felines is to use a rinse. Be Fresh Dental Care Solution can be added to your pet's water dish. Even though your cat can't taste it, this liquid works to kill plaque and tartar-producing bacteria.