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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 10:06 pm 
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Just wanted to post and say Hi. I'm new to this forum and have two Bengals. Winston, age 8, is a BIG (17+ lbs) spotted snow lynx-point boy with beautiful blue eyes. Cinnamon, who will be 5 next Monday, is a funny little brown spotted tabby. I got them both from a former co-worker who breeds and shows Bengals and has done so for several years. My two were both "rejects"-- Winston didn't develop his spots until he was almost a year old and Cinnamon had a bad case of feline herpes as a kitten, and so couldn't be sold for health reasons.

The only health problem that I have had with them is that they both seem to have bad teeth-- lots of gingivitis. The vet doesn't think that the problem is the diet, and agrees that it is odd for cats so young to have such extensive gum disease. I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced this with their Bengals, or if it's just my two.

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Not a thing I have come across in Bengals.
It may not be the diet but what are you feeding them?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 7:31 pm 
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Just a note on your cats' teeth --
I have one cat who seems to have more problems with gingivitis than the others... but it is NOT a Bengal -- it is a DSH rescue I have, who also has a pretty severe case of HCM.

As far as the Bengals -- I would suggest that you try them on RAW chicken -- drumsticks or wings. The CHEWING, TEARING and GNAWING on the bones really seems to keep their teeth sparkling white.

The other thing, if you object to trying "raw" is to try a food like Mazuri small exotic feline food, or Royal Canin Siamese 38. Both of these foods are in larger pieces than many dry foods, which forces them to CHEW the pieces before swallowing, which also helps to keep their teeth clean.

My "HCM" kitty doesn't really LIKE the Mazuri or Siamese 38 -- and prefers only WET food or food that are tiny pieces -- so my vet gives me an oral antibiotic made by Butler called ClinBiotic -- which is Clindamycin Hydrochloride -- to rub on his gums, when they start looking really PINK around his teeth. Evidently it is very bitter, and he DOES resist, but it seems to really HELP keep his mouth healthier.

Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 5:52 pm 
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Bengal Kitten

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Thanks for the replies. Both of my Bengals have had severe gingivitis all of their lives. I used an antibacterial mouthwash for some time, which I really should have filmed in use. :-) Let's just say that neither cat was a fan, and they quickly learned to run and hide if they saw me getting the bottle out.

Because my little girl has a compromised immune system (feline herpes), the vet did not think that a raw diet was a good idea. I agree-- I used to live in poultry farm territory, and I would never feed an animal raw chicken or turkey unless I was sure it was organic! I've been feeding them Science Diet, Innova brand and Iams for their hard food. The Innova is in larger pieces and they have to chew it, so that has helped. I also make sure that when they get cat treats, they get the tarter-control variety, which are larger and hard and have to be chewed.

My vet says that just like some people have "bad teeth", so do some cats, and my two were just unfortunate. He isn't really familiar with Bengals, though, so was questioning whether it was a breed thing or just my two kitties. They came from the same breeder, so it's possible that it's something in their heritage, but they may just be unlucky. I hadn't heard anything about Bengal teeth, but I figured you guys would probably know if anyone would. I don't breed or show Bengals, though, so I wouldn't necessarily keep up to date on genetic anomolies that might pop up.

My husband's two "pound kitties" have benefited from the healthy teeth diet, though. Even his 13 year old cat has perfect teeth! My two Bengals are just destined to be hillbilly kitties. :-) (I can say that, I'm from the Virginia mountains). I just keep an eye on them and have them cleaned regularly. They have each had several removed, though.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:47 pm 
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Bengal Kitten

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Hi,
The very best thing for Bengals teeth and especially gums is raw meat, you can feed the meat with bones and even minced either way nothing will clean the bacteria inbetween the teeth like raw meat will.
Most pet food companies that sell raw meat for cats have to do regular tests on the meat to avoid salmonella and other nasty bugs.
Bengals in general have less gum problems than some breeds.
I have worked with several dental specialists in the feline field over the years and was told categorically that raw meat was the best thing for dental health. Wild cats kept in zoos over in the states are often fed on biscuits and in England they are always fed on meat I was told that the cats over there started having problems at two and three years old compared to ten and twelve years old here.
Raw meat is also the very best thing for all round health, cats are still very close to ther wild ancestors genetically and their stomachs cope more easily with raw meat than commercial pet food especially biscuits.
I have bred Bengal cats for seven years and always reared all my kittens on raw meat from four weeks and I have NEVER had a problem with sickness from meat.
I would highly recommend trying a homepathic remedy called fragaria in a 12x once daily for a month and then try brushing the teeth the plaque falls off far more easily and it really does help.
Good Luck


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