One of the purposes of providing this information is to emphasize that having Cat Care Clinic Veterinarians conduct an annual Examination of your family feline can keep you out of the dog house.
The vast majority of the conditions previously listed can be avoided. Our Staff can also inform you of what not to do, which is equally important. For example, be very careful if you decide to try brushing your cat's teeth. Pet owners may be well meaning, but cat's teeth are not the same shape as that of people. Improper use of toothbrushes can excoriate the gums and allow bacteria to invade the blood stream! Yuk! Finger Cots and Digital Brushes can also present a problem. Generally, cats do not like to have fingers in their mouths. Dental Rinses may be useful. But, your family member may not cooperate with the "rinse and spit" command.
The type and texture of cat food does play a useful role in dental health. There are select diets, such as Hill's Prescription T/D that will help to a certain degree. However, this must be weighed against the need to eat canned foods. Canned foods contain larger amounts of water (70%) than does kibble (10%). Hydration status and chewing ability will always overrule food texture.
Remember, Cat Care Clinic is here to help. Our staff will show you how to check for Feline Dental Disease in between visits and also advise you on the best time for scheduling your cat's dental cleaning. We will tell you what is involved and what you will need to do to help with your cat's oral health.
Please contact us should you need further information.