Cat Dental Health – What You Need to Know

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Tartar Control Diets for Cats

Some felines – by virtue of their breed, diet, and facial structure – will have a higher incidence of recurring dental disease. Thankfully, your veterinarian can recommend special foods that are designed to help prevent tartar formation. These tartar control diets often eliminate or greatly reduce the number of health-related problems caused by recurring dental disease.

Tartar control diets differ from regular cat food in that they are designed to act like a natural toothbrush for your feline. The size of the kibble is larger, and is designed not to break apart as easily. Natural fiber in the food aids the cleaning action. When tartar is reduced, gum disease is often reversed, reducing your cat’s ongoing dental needs.

Dental Products for Cats

From toothbrushes to finger brushes to gels, the oral health market is flooded with cat-specific products for feline owners to consider. It’s recommended to seek items that are endorsed by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) and to consult your veterinarian for assistance.

It’s important to refrain from using human toothpaste and baking soda, as both can make your cat sick. Additionally, note that toothbrushes for cats are designed a little differently than a child’s toothbrush. They are smaller and single-ended, and have an angled head more suited for a cat’s mouth.

When you make an effort to help your cat avoid periodontal disease, you do more than preserve your feline’s smile. You afford your cat a level of dental health that will serve him well for the duration of his life.

Resources for Cat Dental Health

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