How to keep your cat’s teeth clean & healthy
Dental health isn’t just essential to humans; it is also vital to animals too. As many as 85% of cats over three years of age may suffer from some form of gum disease or infected tooth. Gum disease or an infected tooth can affect the overall health of the animal.
Because animals do not brush their teeth, food accumulates on the teeth and bacteria grow on the food. Over time, the bacteria move into the gums and adjacent tissues, causing an infection that ultimately can spread to other areas of the body.
Wild animals will all have different ways of cleaning their teeth. Some tend to chew on sticks or similar, which will help to promote good dental health, while the elephant will chew on bark to help keep its teeth healthy, and other animals rely on chewing grass to keep their teeth in good condition.
Diet is thought to play a role in the progression of some cats with dental disease. It is possible that feeding only wet or dry food provides little or no abrasive action against the teeth when chewing, and so offers little to prevent plaque formation. Food particles tend to cling and accumulate on or around the teeth and encourage bacteria and plaque formation.
So how do cats keep their teeth clean naturally?
- As we all know your cat is an obligate carnivore and therefore requires a raw food diet, high in protein.
- A cat’s diet should never be as processed as a humans, if eating a species appropriate diet.
- Cats in the wild wouldn’t feed on processed wet or dry food, so they tend to have better dental health.
- Cats are natural hunters, so once they kill their prey, they then bite and chew and tear at the meat, which all helps in the action of effectively cleaning their teeth and eradicating small bits of food so it doesn’t become trapped.
- The motion of biting, chewing and tearing, prevents the build up of plaque
- It stimulates your cat’s natural instinct and what they are designed to do.
THERE ARE NO TOOTH BRUSHES AVAILABLE IN THE WILD. CATS CAN ONLY RELY ON THEIR NATURAL BEHAVIOUR, INSTINCT AND DIET, ALL OF WHICH PREVENT THE ACCELERATION OF POOR HEALTH.
We all love our pets and we would do all we can to please them. So, the only way of achieving this is to respect and accept that your little kitty is A CARNIVORE. And even if your cat doesn’t have access to the outside world you can still replicate its natural diet indoors by giving him a raw diet and the opportunity to tear and chew on meat on the bone or some chunks of meat, to ensure they use their carnivore jaws and teeth to give them the opportunity to behave in a more natural way, preventing any nasty and unnecessary gum disease.
They really and truly deserve it!