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Do any dental products really work?

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It might be a few months before I can afford to get my cat's teeth cleaned by the Vet. Meanwhile, I was wondering if anyone has found things that really work, at least at preventing more buildup on cat teeth. There are the liquids that can be put into their water, as well as treats they can eat, like Feline Greenies and other products. Is there any product you particularly like?
post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by hannahgirl View Post
It might be a few months before I can afford to get my cat's teeth cleaned by the Vet. Meanwhile, I was wondering if anyone has found things that really work, at least at preventing more buildup on cat teeth. There are the liquids that can be put into their water, as well as treats they can eat, like Feline Greenies and other products. Is there any product you particularly like?
Nothing you can do will be able to reduce the tartar already on their teeth. But, personally, I like greenies (as do my boys) and old fashioned teeth brushing. That will at least help prevent more build up and also get your cat used to having their teeth brushed for when you do get their dental done and they come home with pearly whites! I don't like most of the toothpastes they have in pet retail stores, but your vet will probably have a good selection of kitty friendly paste. Get the smallest brush you can find. They have finger brushes, but I don't really like them. It's hard to get to anything but the canines and my boys just end up chewing on it, . Good luck!
post #3 of 11
I disagree that there is nothing that can be done.

Many raw feeders have seen a significant improvement in their cats teeth after switching from kibble/canned to raw. I know I have just in four weeks time--their breath doesn't have that nasty cat smell anymore either.

Leslie
post #4 of 11
try brushing their teeth....

check out my thread
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=193192
post #5 of 11
I agree that raw does help them clean, but I doubt the OP was looking for a complete change of diet

However, my girls get raw chicken wings and necks as treats and even that small amount has helped, my 15 year old has never had or needed a dental.
post #6 of 11
We use a CET oral hygiene rinse (I call it kitty mouthwash) and I brush their teeth with a toothbrush. The brushing is starting to help i think, but one of my cats has a dental scheduled next month. I put it off for $ reasons.
post #7 of 11
Hi,

I'd also recomend raw feeding, maybe as a weekend treat? As long as you don't feed more than about 20% raw without supplementing your cat should be fine .

Christine
post #8 of 11
Ku Ku gets greenies if she lets her mommy brushes teeth She used to run around & resist a lot when I get the brushes out but now, she knows she'll get goodies after that.

I use the finger brushes but with no paste or rinse at all. I tried a regular kind but she starts chewing on it, I had to switch to a finger-kind so I can really brush without terrifying her. So far, no problem, she always gets a compliment from vet on how clean her teeth are
post #9 of 11
I think there is nothing like a dental, my youngest is prone to tartar, the only thing that helped was the dental, once per year, since the first one I try to mantain them as clean as possible doing the following -

20 gr of RX food dental - royal canin - waltham (rest of the day he eats other food) Kibbles are really large and they are oblied to chew them.

3-4 times a week a CET chew (he prefers fish flavor)

It is impossible to brush his teeth but i do put some toothpaste LOGIC (from uk) on his cheeks for him to lick it (he does not like it that much) 2-3 times a week

And it works perfectly till the next dental, he has no problems eating as before.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'm curious - for those who feed their cats raw chicken, what part of the chicken is it that they might choke on, that we should not give our cats - and how do you prepare the chicken so you know it's safe, since it's raw?
post #11 of 11
I feed all part of the chicken--breasts, thighs, wings necks, ribs, if I feel the bones are too big I just smash them with a hammer a little bit. You don't want to start with a real big piece, nickel sized pieces are probably good. Any chewing is going to help their teeth and give them stronger healthier jaws.

Cats have a short digestive tract so they digest foods quickly. That is why its perfectly fine for them to consume raw meat and not get sick! So just handle raw meat the same way you would for yourself and its perfectly safe for them.

My boys eat raw chicken, beef, pork, turkey, and venison.

Leslie
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