A diet of commercial cat food is the equivalent of us eating junk food and candy every day. Eventually it rots their teeth as it isn’t like the diet that nature intended for them. What that means for you is very costly teeth cleaning from your vet. This is usually done when they are old, and it is done under sedation. Not all elderly cats can cope with the anesthetic, particularly if they have other health problems. Therefore, while costly, teeth cleaning can also be life threatening for your cat.
There are alternatives which can easily prevent having to clean their teeth later in life. I have seen little rubber tubes you put on your finger that you can literally brush your cat’s teeth with. I think the person who created these have clearly never seen a cat, let alone owned one. I have owned many cats over the years, and I can tell you that not one of them would have tolerated me attempting to brush their teeth!
My alternative is simple, cheap and easy! In a natural cat diet they would have small animal bones. A cat would catch a small rodent or bird and consume most of the animal including the bones. Small raw bones clean a cat’s teeth as they chew them.
I feed my cats raw chicken necks at least once a week. The bones must be raw! I can’t stress this enough. Cooked chicken bones can splinter and if they don’t lodge in their neck and choke them, they can pierce the intestines and perforate the bowel causing life threatening injuries. It is important not to feed cats bones more than twice in a week because they can cause constipation as the cat can’t break down and pass too much bone at a time.You can buy dental equipment like dental handpiece from internet.
What can you do at home? Well the best thing is to carry out routine brushing and checking your cat’s mouth over for any possible signs of gum disease. To brush your cat’s teeth you will need, other than a willing cat, a special toothbrush which is developed with the right size head and long handle and your vet can also supply a special toothpaste. Do not use toothpastes that are for human consumption. The aim of brushing their teeth is to remove any plaque and give healthier gums. Plaque is soft but can rapidly harden to produce a substance called calculus, or more commonly known as tartar. Tartar, not like enamel, is rough in texture and so plaque becomes more difficult to remove from it. You will probably need someone’s help to restrain the cat while you carry out this task. Then hold the toothbrush at a 45 degrees angle and move along gently in an oval pattern, starting with the front teeth and moving back. It is probably best to use toothpaste when you cat is more familiar with having his teeth brushed. You will need to try and pull back the lips to access the teeth and gums. The best thing is to introduce the toothbrush at any early age so they become comfortable with this task, giving them rewards for their good behaviour.