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Dental health month is coming to a close. It has been a very enlightening month when it comes to cat dental health. Did you know that over 70% of cats have signs for dental disease by the age of 3? There are easy things that you can do to keep your cat’s teeth healthy and strong.
The Importance Cat Dental Health
Cats are every bit as susceptible to dental disease as humans are. One of the most common major cat dental health problems is tooth resorption. According to Dr. Karen Becker DVM, this condition affects 30 – 40% of healthy adult cats. Tooth resorption is sort of like a cavity in a human tooth except that it is not caused by bacteria eating away at the tooth. Rather, it is caused by cells within the tooth (called odontoclasts) eating away at the tooth’s structure from the inside.
Tooth resorption is a progressive disease. It usually begins on the surface of the tooth near the gum line and works toward the inner layers of the tooth. The tooth will become very fragile and may even break off. The gums around the affected tooth/teeth will become swollen and red – appearing to cover parts of the tooth. As you can imagine, this is a very painful condition for cats. Unfortunately, the only treatment available is extraction of the affected tooth/teeth.
Prevention of Dental Disease in Cats
There are some known ways to prevent dental diseases and maintain good cat dental health. They are very similar to the ways that humans care for their own dental health.
- Get professional dental cleanings from your veterinarian.
- Brush your cat’s teeth.
- Use dental treats with your cat.
Dental treats are not a replacement for professional cleanings, but they do help with day-to-day cat dental health maintenance. The treats contain ingredients that help support oral health and the friction of the teeth with the treat helps to remove plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth.
Authority® Dental Treats from Petsmart®
In light of our discoveries about cat dental health, I took a trip to Petsmart® to pick up some dental treats. PetSmart had a few different types of dental treats to choose from.We purchased Authority® Chicken Dental Cat Treats. These treats are exclusive to PetSmart.
The Authority Chicken Dental Cat Treats come in either a 3 oz or 5.5 oz resealable package. If your cats aren’t as into chicken as mine are, there flavors of Authority Dental Treats are also available: duck, salmon, and tuna. All flavors are grain free with no artificial colors or flavors. Each treat is only 2 calories!
Interestingly, the treats are hard and fish shaped. They are slightly larger than some other treats that I give my kitties, but I think there is a method to the madness. With most treats my big kitty, Cinco, swallows them whole – without chewing. These treats force him to use those teeth, and the use of the teeth on the treat is what cleans them.
Cinco and Manna didn’t hesitate to chow down on these treats! I think they would have eaten the entire bag in one sitting if I would have let them.Right now as I’m writing this, I pulled the bag out to get some details off of the packaging and Cinco and Manna are begging at my feet for them (I gave them a few 🙂 ). It takes Manna a few more bites to get through one treat than it takes Cinco. This is a really easy way to help maintain cat dental health!