It’s easy to put off cleaning your cat’s teeth.
We’re probably all familiar with one very obvious symptom of periodontal disease: bad breath. Many people pass off bad breath as being a normal part of a pet’s mouth. It’s not – bad breath is one big sign that your cat is suffering from poor dental hygiene and can be prevented through natural teeth cleaning.
Once your cat’s poor dental hygiene has begun to affect their health, you’ll likely head to a veterinarian. It can cost hundreds of dollars to get your cat’s teeth professionally cleaned. If you add that to the cost of extractions, you’re looking at expenses that might go into the thousands.
Why wait until you’re that far gone when you could prevent the problem altogether through natural cat teeth cleaning?
Below are a few ways that you can clean your cat’s teeth at home.
Raw Meaty Bones for Natural Cat Teeth Cleaning
To understand how raw food and bones clean cats’ teeth, think about cats living in the wild. Naturally, cats eat the bodies of raw animal prey. They crunch on their bones, effectively cleaning and strengthening their teeth. Unfortunately, many domesticated cats no longer have the opportunity to naturally clean their teeth this way. Today, most cats live inside, eat prepared food, and don’t get the tooth and jaw workout that they need. Though this makes feeding our cats more convenient, the popularity of unnatural, processed food for cats has been linked to an explosion in cat dental issues. Even if you don’t want to feed your cat an entirely raw diet, it’s easy to supplement with raw meaty bones.
To replicate the tooth-cleaning effect of chewing bones, it’s recommended that you feed your cat a raw, bony piece of meat, like a chicken neck or wing, and let them naturally clean their teeth. Cats should be given a raw meaty bone at least once a week for benefits.
Warning: Do not cook the bones before feeding them to your cat. Cooked bones break and splinter, presenting a danger to your cat. Unless your cat has an immunodeficiency, or is undergoing antibiotic treatments, the hostile environment of their stomach should be able to handle the bacteria that comes with raw meat.
All of this considered, raw meaty bones alone are not a substitute for a nutritionally complete food. They lack the necessary nutrients found in organs, and do not have a balanced meat to bone ratio. If you are interested in feeding your cat a completely raw food diet, please visit this site to learn more.
Toothpaste for Cats
A great way to take care of your cat’s teeth is by brushing them, just like you brush your own teeth. We recommend using a small toothbrush designed for cats, or if you prefer, a bit of gauze wrapped around your finger. Take it slow at first, and over time, your cat should accept brushing simply as part of their daily routine.
And gladly, cat toothpaste is formulated to be safe for cats to swallow and appealing to their taste buds.
Coconut Oil for Natural Cat Teeth Cleaning
Coconut oil contains a high concentration of lauric acid, known for its antimicrobial and anti inflammatory properties, which is great for fighting plaque and gingivitis. When coupled with the other natural dental care solutions listed here, coconut oil can help maintain dental health. For natural cat teeth cleaning, the recommended amount is one teaspoon per ten pounds of body weight, administered once daily. You can apply the oil directly to your cat’s teeth and gums, or mix it into their food. The oil has a very low melting point, and you can give it to your cat both in its solid and liquid forms.
A healthy mouth isn’t the only benefit of giving your cat coconut oil. Many people report other benefits from feeding coconut oil to their cats. Coconut oil will also help your cat to maintain a smooth shiny coat, and reduce hairballs.
Make sure that you are using a virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil that has been refined for high heat cooking lacks some of the vital ingredients that make the oil so beneficial.
Whether your cat is a kitten who still has its baby teeth, or an older cat who just had most of their teeth extracted, it’s never too early or too late to start giving your cat’s mouth a little extra TLC. Here’s to many more happy and stench free licks from your cat!