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Dear Cat Lovers:
My mom and I both have older cats (hers is over 13 and mine is almost 18) who are not at all used to having their teeth brushed, nor are they the slightest bit open to the idea. We have tried some dental bites provided by the average cat care company but are seeking something more effective with more reliably quality ingredients. Does anyone have any recommendations for natural or holistic products that are safe & keep cats' teeth clean and breath smelling fresh? Oh, and I almost for got the most important issue: my mom's cat cannot eat anything with *fish* in it (gives her the terrible runs). Obviously, this significantly narrows our choices, or we might have tried Virbac's C.E.T. Hextra Premium Chews or some such product. We could REALLY use your input, so:
Did you try the Feline Greenies in chicken flavor?
I've never tried them, but here's a link.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/p ... atid=13597
What about growing one of those little containers of kitty grass for indoor cats?
The best thing is probably just a dental appointment with the vet. That will take care of any tartar and loose or broken teeth. My vet can scrape tartar off my cat's teeth without anaesthesia, if you're concerned about doing a full dental.
If your kitty is almost 18, you might want to have her kidney values checked, as some degree of kidney trouble (chronic renal failure, or feline CRF) could be expected with a cat that age, and kidney problems can cause bad breath.
http://www.petwave.com/Cats/Health/Kidn ... ptoms.aspx
We've never used chews, etc., so I can't help you there. I used to brush Tad's teeth, though--with an infant toothbrush, and he didn't mind too much. The dog brushes are just too big. He also liked the meat-flavored critter toothpastes and considered them a treat.
An easy thing to do that seems to help quite a bit is to get one of teh water additives for tartar control. There are a variety of them available, I don't really know which is best. I think right now we are using one made by Tropiclean. Add a tablespoon to a quart of water. No one has objected to the additive in the water, everyone still drinks normally. I would not put an 18 year old through a dental because of the anesthesia unless they needed a tooth removed. If they have severely bad breath, it can indicate an infection and a course of Antirobe (from your vet) is often a big help.
we haven't found the treats/chews to be very effective, although they are very tasty!
hope this helps.
In loving memory of Bendy Cute Kitty 9/15/00-4/23/12
Meet the cats at Bendy's Home http://www.alittletlc.com"
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