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Benefits of Dental Treats for Cats

One of the top five reasons cats are brought to the veterinarian is for dental health concerns. Dental treats for cats are probably one of the easiest ways to help care for your cat's dental health in between brushings and visits to the veterinarian. Like humans, cats can suffer from various dental problems, usually as a result of poor dental hygiene. In fact, according to statistics, 80% of adult cats suffer from some kind of periodontal disease.

Most small treats will be gobbled up quickly, while a dental chew usually lasts longer. Always watch your cat while he or she is chewing the treat to prevent choking. Consider giving your cat a dental treat or chew to control their most common dental health issues:

Eliminate your cat's bad breath

Bad breath is most commonly a sign that your cat's teeth need cleaning. Give your cat a treat that contains chlorophyll, like Feline Greenies Dental Treats. Giving these dental chews for cats between cleanings will help freshen your cat's breath. If your cat has strong or chronic bad breath, it could be a sign of a gastrointestinal problem. If left untreated, this bacteria can enter the bloodstream and lead to heart disease. If chronic bad breath continues, please consult your veterinarian.

Control and prevent plaque and tartar buildup

Plaque and tartar buildup can cause your cat to suffer a variety of dental problems, including inflammation and bleeding gums. Tartar buildup can also cause receding gums and tooth loss. To prevent plaque and tartar buildup, give your cat a tartar control treat, like C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Chews for Cats. These treats contain enzymes that fight harmful bacteria that can cause buildup in your cat's mouth.

Molly's Tip

Although cat dental treats and chews are helpful, they should never replace a toothbrushing regimen.

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