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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:34 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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Hi,

Can anyone please pass on a tip to combat the breath monster please!!

short but sweet - amazing for me :D

Chrissy


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 5:48 pm 
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I assume you mean your cats breath stinks. If its a kitten it is quite often a case of teething. Adults often dental problems or diet. You can buy a liquid called Aquavet from your veterinary practice. You add a drop to the drinking water and it is supposed to combat the bad breath. Alternatively, with patience ( :D ), train him to the toothbrush and paste.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 6:25 pm 
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Thanks - they are both 7 months old, iMax is still teething i think, i didn't realise this could be the cause. Thanks


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 6:25 pm 
Pictures please :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:08 pm 
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do you have them eating raw chicken necks or chicken wings? Crunching the small, raw bones helps to clean their teeth and thus reduce the bad breath. Sure, it's not minty fresh, but it's not offensive either!! =)

I find chicken necks to be the best. A lot of cats want instant gratification, so it's good to have the yummy raw chicken *right there*, rather than have to get through the skin on a chicken wing to find it. Linden won't even sink her teeth into a wing to figure out that it's just as crunchy and tasty as a neck!!

For our boys (who won't touch chicken necks or wings), we have dental biscuits. They're full of fat, so they can't eat too many, but they're larger sized and designed to make the cats chew and clean the teeth in the process.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:33 pm 
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hi,

Yes they do eat raw chicken, i usually give them a thigh as thats what we eat alot, i take the skin off though. I never thought of necks, would a whole one be too much for a 7 month old?
I have tried all sorts of treats on them but they just walk away won't touch them!
I shall call my buthcher tomorow and get him to put some necks aside. Thanks
Chrissy :D


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:28 am 
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It's the crunching into the bones that cleans their teeth =)

Our breeder was giving the kittens a whole chicken neck each day from the time they were being weaned. At that stage they'd just gnaw on them and not much else (still great for the teeth!!). We've kept it up, so she was eating one full chicken neck every day for breakfast by about 6 months, and now she eats two or three per day depending on their size.

The vet said her teeth are amazing and as clean as if they were brand new, and we have no problem with her breath.

I'd probably supervise the first few chicken necks to make sure they don't try to inhale them lengthwise and get anything stuck down their throats. Once they figure out how to crunch them down to nothing they will be fine.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:41 pm 
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do you guys have trouble with leetle teeny bits of chicken neck being crunched onto the floor? goblin is not exactly a neat eater (he burys his face so quickly into his dry mix that its like a food mixer with the lid off!)

also i have tried him on a kitty toothpaste and he LOVES it!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:15 am 
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no probs with little teeny bits... If the chicken neck is particularly MASSIVE she sometimes leaves the knobbly end bit, but it's not all crunched up or anything.

Kitty toothpaste? Don't think I've seen that here! (/me goes googling ;)


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:44 am 
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Yes, you can get cat toothpaste and brushes. Best to start them off as kittens. Alternatively, there is a tube of gel called Logic. All you have to do is once/twice a day squeeze a cm into the cats mouth. It mixes with their saliva and coats the teeth, softening any plaque or tartar. We use it.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:48 pm 
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I find chicken necks to be the best. A lot of cats want instant gratification, so it's good to have the yummy raw chicken *right there*, rather than have to get through the skin on a chicken wing to find it.
Can anyone tell me where I can get chicken necks? I am giving Tia chicken wings and she loves them and so does her tummy (poops sausages :lol:) Local butchers are a thing of the past here in Edinburgh.


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