This is the gold standard for home care. It is important to use toothpaste specially designed for cats – the Logic®Oral Hygiene gel is very well accepted by most cats who love its flavour. The Petosan®toothbrush has been specifically designed for cat’s teeth. Its double sided head means that the tongue side of the teeth is cleaned as well as the lip side.
Toothbrushing should be done at least once daily – it only takes a minute or two once your cat has become adjusted to it.Have a look at the website for hints and tips on getting started with toothbrushing for your cat.
There are a number of diets that claim to be helpful in reducing the amount of dental disease. Statistically, feeding a dry food is associated with less dental disease than when pets are fed on a wet food. So it is important to make sure that any claimed benefit is not simply based on a comparison with wet food.
It is important to ask for your vet’s advice in choosing one that they trust and that will have the correct nutrient balance for your cat. Hill’s™ have spent many years producing a diet which is designed to actively clean the teeth by allowing them to penetrate into the fibrous pellet. This helps remove the plaque biofilm – the root cause of most dental disease. t/d™ diet has been testedto the vigorous VOHC standards – so it can justifiably claim to assist in preventing dental disease.
Oral Hygiene Chews
Chewing is certainly beneficial in helping to reduce dental disease. The physical action helps to remove the plaque biofilm from the teeth. The increased saliva production also plays a role in helping to rinse the mouth. It is important to use a chew that your cat will enjoy – especially as chews should be given daily.