Dental Care for your Cats
Dental care for our animals can often seem like a bit of an unknown and even more so when it comes to our cats, as they are so independent and they often seem like they have got everything covered themselves! However establishing a good dental hygiene routine for your feline friends is very important as it can prevent tooth decay as well as diseases such as gingivitis and will also help to keep their breath fresh which can benefit us as much as it does them. In the wild cats would have chewed on bones from their prey as well as munching on plants which would have helped to maintain their dental health. However the modern moggy rarely has these options available to them in their daily lives so it's up to us to provide them with the help they need to keep the cleanest of teeth and the healthiest of gums.
Dental Problems in Cats
According to the RSPCA up to eight out of ten cats over the age of three years old experience gum and teeth problems, so it is imperative that we take measures to prevent this wherever we can to avoid further issues and potentially expensive vets bills down the line. Over time cats accumulate plaque and bacteria on their teeth which can eventually lead to a buildup of tartar, potentially causing gingivitis, gum irritation and in extreme cases tooth loss. The good news is that in most cases these ailments can be prevented by a few simple changes to your and your cat’s routine.
Feline Dental Care at Natural Cornish Pet
At Natural Cornish Pet we have a few simple options available on our shelves that can help to keep your cats dental health the best it can be and to help to prevent any additional issues later in life. We’ve picked out a few of our favourites to help you keep your cat’s bad breath at bay and keep their teeth as sparkling as they can be.
Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth and Dorwest Roast Dinner Toothpaste
It may seem like an unnecessary task but research has shown that brushing your cat's teeth is the best way to keep their teeth and gums healthy. This should ideally be done once or twice a week at least, with some experts recommending daily brushing for our feline friends. To brush your cat's teeth use a soft bristled child's toothbrush or a piece of muslin wrapped around a finger and clean gently in a soft circular motion. At first many cats will be reluctant to take part in this new routine and it's best to start as early as possible in your cat's life to get them used to it. However, for those particularly awkward cats the roast dinner flavoured toothpaste from Dorwest is the ideal way to tempt them in. Unlike human toothpastes which are too rough for a cat’s teeth, Dorwest Roast Dinner Toothpaste is specially formulated with pets in mind. This low foaming formula has a beautiful liver based roast dinner flavour and is made with added sage extract which is a natural antiseptic and antioxidant, helping to keep your cat’s teeth and gums fresh after every brush.
TropiClean Oral Care Gel For Cats
If your cat is particularly averse to the brushing routine and you just can't get them to stay still when trying to keep their teeth and gums clean, there is still hope, in the form of TropiClean Oral Care Gel For Cats. This gel is made with a unique blend of natural ingredients that helps to remove plaque and tartar and maintains a defence against future build ups too. Although you can use this gel to brush your cat's teeth to speed up the cleaning process it isn't necessary as a simple application of one daily drop of the Oral Care Gel into your cat's mouth will still keep their teeth healthy and their breath fresh.
ProDen PlaqueOff Powder
Another option for those felines that don't approve of brushing is the PlaqueOff Powder from ProDen. This handy supplement comes in a simple granular form and is easy to add to your pets dinners every day, making dental preventative care as easy as can be. ProDen PlaqueOff Powder is made with all natural ingredients including a special type of seaweed which was recently found to provide a plethora of oral care benefits for our pets. It is also free from any added artificial preservatives and colours and is gluten and sugar free and can be used to maintain the dental health of our dogs too.