Keeping your cat’s teeth clean isn’t always the easiest task for us cat parents. Dental care is one of those things that we tend to overlook. We’ve been guilty of this too, which is why we’re sharing this information with you now.
There are many ways to help keep the plaque and tartar from building up in your kitty’s mouth. The first and most important tip is to make sure that they get their regular checkups. I know, I know… when you have multiple cats and the average dental cleaning is $200 it sucks, but we cannot express how important they are. If you have multiple cats, spread out the dental checkups throughout the year.
Many veterinarians will do a quick dental ‘check’ for much less, so if you’re able to keep your cats’ teeth clean at home you might be able to avoid the hefty dental cleanings.
Here are some tips for keeping your cat’s teeth clean at home
- Brush your cat’s teeth. I know this seems weird to many cat parents, but many cats love this and you’ll love the savings. You can make a simple homemade healthy toothpaste recipe and apply it to your cat’s teeth daily. Click here for the homemade toothpaste recipe.
- Use natural products that help keep tartar and plaque at bay between dental checkups. We use Oxy-Cat with our kitties. It helps kill tartar and plaque while offering many other awesome health benefits.
- Give your cats raw meaty bones or all-natural dental chews. These help strengthen the gums and teeth while knocking off the gunk that builds up on them.
- Feed a species appropriate raw diet to your cats. Raw meat has enzymes within it that helps keep teeth clean. No processed food can offer this benefit, and kibble diets are actually unhealthy for our cat’s teeth – so don’t believe the myths.
If you’re able to follow one or all of the tips above you’ll be less likely to deal with dental disease in cats.