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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:41 am 
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If I feed my cats primarily canned food, how often do I need to brush their teeth to prevent gingivitis? I do leave dry food out 24/7, but they only graze at it so I doubt it is doing much for them in terms of dental care. I currently try to brush them at least once a week. Is that enough?

Do any of you take your cats in to have their teeth professionally cleaned?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:00 pm 
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I would say once a week is good - please let me in on your secret - how do you do it?? :shock: :lol:

I haven't attempted to clean their teeth as yet - i know you can buy special cat toothpaste just for the job. Apparently you have to get them used to just a toothbrush first before you even attempt to brush the teeth with paste, is that right?

However, my vet suggested that unless you've got a very patient or tolerant cat, then the best you can do is feed the Oral care biscuits which are larger in size and make your cat bite down on the biscuit, rather than swallow it whole or just crunch it in the back teeth.

She didn't mention that she would clean their teeth for me? :lol:

I may ask about it next time i'm at the vets, my cats are due their booster injections next month anyway, so i'll let you know what my vet suggests with regard to 'professional cleaning'. :D

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:33 am 
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Fortunately for me I don't need or have a secret. My cats actually allow me to brush their teeth. I'm assuming that their breeders may have done it to them because they don't put up much of a fight. I think they hate being held in one place more than they hate having their teeth brushed. :lol: :lol:

My aby (Penny) seems to accept it better than my bengal (Stella). She actually holds her head up with her mouth open and sort of biting at the toothbrush. I just use a small children's toothbrush. My vet said I didn't need to use toothpaste so I don't. I just wet the bristles with warm water before beginning to brush.

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