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Why Dental Disease Is the Most Common Problem Cats Face

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, teeth )

- 1777 days ago -
Dental disease occurs, simply, because animals don't brush their teeth.

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 8:14 am

Good information, shouldn't all vets tell people to watch for this? Brushing kitty teeth is a big job that requires protection from clawing, but like brushing the coat it must be done. I also use a gel for their teeth each day, I hope my efforts will prevent my cats from developing either of these diseases.

Roseann d (178)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 8:33 am
Good info! I give my cats raw quail including bones and chicken necks to eat including bones to eat. My 3 year old and 11 year old have beautiful, healthy teeth and gums. However, my other 11 year old still had periodontal disease as its genetic, and had to have teeth removed. Brushing or adding stuff to their drinking water breaks down plague. Also using Apple Cider Vinegar in their water and raw food.

Roseann d (178)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 8:35 am
plaque...not plague. ;-d

Ravenna C (20)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 10:28 am
This is good info especially if someone has an older had never come up with my 2 boy was 12 and the other was 17 when he passed but with my 15 year old female..she started going downhill fast on me when she was 13. I was broken hearted, thinking I was going to lose her. She wasn't eating well and wasn't playing so I took her to our wonderful vet and it turned out that she had a bad tooth that needed to come out. We had it done immediately as it was same day surgery and a week later she was a new happy healthy kitty.
Now we make sure that the vet checks her teeth regularly. I shudder to think how bad it might have been if we had delayed in taking her to the vet. I think we would have lost her :-( As it is she is laying out on the patio enjoying the warmth. :-)

Gloria p (304)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 10:34 am
Michel passed away when he was nine. He had had three teeth extracted.

Mike Kowalchuk (40)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 10:45 am
That is an impossibility around my place all I have to do is think about putting something in there wa ter food ,and they wont come close to the dish,and to start brushing when they are older is not going to happen either now know when I get more fur baby's I will start this process when they are kittens, then it should be at least more manageable.

. (0)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 11:11 am
I can't imagine brushing my cats' teeth...

Iveta c (41)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 11:38 am
I don't think i will be able to brush my cat's teeth

Carol H (229)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 12:35 pm
informative article! thank you Cher, noted

Muriel Servaege (53)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 1:34 pm
Thank you, Cher. Informative article. I'll have to ask the vet what I can do for the cat's teeth! I think I'll never be able to brush them myself!

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 5:24 pm

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 6:10 pm
It is a big task, but, it needs to be done!

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 7:50 pm
Essential information, certainly starting this from kitten hood helps but sometimes we adopt older cats and have to try with them to get them to accept this. Some cats are easier with this than are others.

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 9:47 pm
My cats, just like my children, had to brush after eating, but never knew how really important it was. Thank you for the info and if I am able to have more kitties I'll make sure they brush - floss??

Wednesday July 10, 2013, 12:44 am
Interesting article. Noted Thanks Cher

Kathleen R (138)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 12:59 am
noted & read

Kerrie G (116)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 1:33 am
Noted, thanks.

Julie W (32)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 3:22 am
I didn't know this years ago when I had a cat. Sadly, he got kidney disease from bad teeth and had to be put down. I wish someone had told me then about dental care, but this was 20 years ago.

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 9:08 am
Thanks for sharing.

M B (62)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 10:58 am
. I'm still thinking of the many feral cats we met - all of them had diseases and had to be put down - at their last moment they discovered unconditional love from us; it was very sad each time. They won't be forgotten.....But the last one is with us for six years now and in good shape.

Sara P (57)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 10:51 am
My vet suggested me to use a gel to put on the gums of Mia, periodically used is able to slow the accumulation of dental plaque.

Dianne D (490)
Friday August 9, 2013, 11:12 am
I will allow a dental 2 - 3 times during my cats life-time. When they hit about 12 or 14, I don't do the dentals anymore as it's hard on them to put them under. I only want to put them under when it's a life threatening condition.
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