What is appropriate cat dental care?

Cats, like people, are going to need some stuff done to help keep their teeth clean. They usually don't need nearly as much dental attention as we do, mainly because they aren't drinking cokes or downing stuff filled with sugar all day. But they still can get tooth problems if you don't do anything, because tartar buildup will gradually start to damage the teeth. Most tooth problems in cats happen in old age - it's a gradual thing that eventually hurts their teeth, whereas humans usually have problems more immediately.

   

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So what kind of care is appropriate for your cat? There are a couple things you can do. There are toothbrushes designed specifically for cats, so you can brush your cat's teeth periodically. Talk to your vet about these if you want to try this.

Your vet can also get you some oral gel, which is another option - kind of like cat toothpaste in a sense. You just put it on a q-tip and swish it around in the cat's mouth. It's a little easier to do than brushing if the cat is fighting you. It's antibacterial so it will stop some of the tooth decay.

Finally, you could get some cat chews. They're just hardened treats that will help stop plaque from forming. You can get them here for $23.99. This is the easiest option, and it might mean you have to brush less option, but it's still something you should do once in awhile.

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