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7 month old maine coon has gingivitius

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Puffles and Topsy, Oct 13, 2013.


  1. Puffles and Topsy

    Puffles and Topsy PetForums Newbie

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    I noticed 3 weeks ago my maine coons gums were sore so took him to the vet who told me he had gingivitius and that he also had a infection , they give him antibiotics , after 2 weeks his mouth still looked the same , he had no problem eating at all and loves his food, so took him back after 2 weeks and she said the infection is has gone but not the gingivitius, she also said it might be a long term thing with him, but nothing needs to be done about it yet inless he stops eating, she advised me to put him on a dry diet as she says this helps clean the teeth ,
    So far he's only been on wet as my other kitten has, I'm also going to try teeth brushing or logic gel.
    He's only 7 months old so I am upset about this.
    There's so many dry food brands shall I feed him the ones for oral health or put him on the maine coon biscuits as they are bigger biscuits that would help the teeth.
    Thanks
     
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    It's a complete and utter myth that dry food cleans teeth Does Dry Food Clean the Teeth? | Little Big Cat

    If you want to give him something to clean his teeth and massage his gums, try a RAW chicken wing for him to gnaw on (doesn't actually matter how much he eats as it's the gnawing action that helps to keep his teeth healthy.)

    Try to make sure his wet food contains no sugars either.
     
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    Puffles and Topsy PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks , why would the vet tell me that? :( I will give the link a read, thanks
    I do give him food without sugars , I feed him hi life wet food and lilyskitchen and natures menu , with a bit of apple paws now and again.
    I would never feed felix supermarket rubbish like that.
    Really confused now. :(
     
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    Because they sell the stuff.

    And because the amount of training they get in cat nutrition is 1 afternoon in 7 years.

    Natures Menu can contain sugars (it certainly used to, but they may have changed the recipe) - double check.
     
  6. Satori

    Satori One of Life's Winners.

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    The gingivitis needs to be addressed. The best way to prevent dental problems is to feed chunks of raw meat, with or without bone and to use a product such as logic gel. This will prevent the build up of tartar, keep the gum-line clean and reduce oral bacteria. In a completely healthy cat this regime will prevent gingivitis.

    However, if the cat has a predisposition to gingivitis, it will happen notwithstanding his otherwise immaculate dental health. Once gingivitis has started, good teeth cleaning and logic gel will help it from getting worse but will not reverse it. To reverse it you need a specific intervention; chlorhexadine seems to be the gold standard just as it is for humans. You might want to try a daily wipe of dentasept.
     
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    My Baby Dave is seven months too and also has gingivitis and is on antibiotics for it at the moment but I will be asking about the chlorhexadine next time I see the vet. Dry Food is definitely not the answer. Feel for you. We do our best for our cats and it's sad when things go wrong with them :(
     
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    My Cookie was about 7 months old when diagnosed with gingivitis, I was devastated at the time because of the advice I was given by Glasgow vet school but 18 months on, she still has gingivitis but more importantly all her teeth.

    Gingivitis is not the end of the world, but ignore the vet with regards to dry.
     
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    Viral infections can also present as gingivitis. Has he shown any signs of a kitty cold such as sneezing, watery eyes, etc?
     
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    This will sound mad but my mc's have a toothbrush, first we play catch and chew then i add the logic gel on the toothbrush and they love to chew this.
     
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    I've bought my cats these, my kitten would not touch them, but my cat seemed to really like them initially, they are quite hard and chewy and it took him a long time to eat one, having to gnaw them with his back teeth quite a lot, which i thought was great as he won't eat raw chicken wings.

    Sadly, after being so enthusiastic over the first one, he has shown no interest in eating them anymore, he just sniffs them and walks away, i think he is a bit lazy and probably thinks they are too much effort.

    I ended up giving them to my Mum's puppy who adores them. I think if your cat will eat them they might help the teeth, i liked them because they were just chicken and fish, with not other inappropriate ingredients.
     
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    I really hope the gingivitius clear up really soon :)

    I don't have any advice on that I'm afraid but when I picked Missy up from her op on Thursday I got the lecture on feeding dry food being good for her teeth along with the it'll make her thirsty so then she'll drink water, swiftly followed by 'we sell it here if you'd like to try it' I think that pretty much sums it up :mad:

    She was very convincing and the state I was in I could easily have fallen for her advice if it hadn't have been for all the info I've been given on here, the one that always springs to mind is 'even the cheapest wet food is better than the best dry food!'

    Good luck :)
     
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    That sounds a fab idea for my two, they love to chew EVERYTHING! Thanks CC will give this a try :)
    Em
     
  16. Satori

    Satori One of Life's Winners.

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    Yes, it does seem to be good stuff for routine oral hygiene.

    For the benefit of the OP however, please let's draw a line between prevention and cure. This and the other good products mentioned will not do anything to address gingivitis that is already present.
     
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    Sacremist Mum to 2 cats and a dog

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    The video posted was very interesting, however, I should point out that it relates specifically to FGS and not, as it states in the video, regular gingivitis. Whilst I appreciate that vets are not feline dieticians and that vets are trying to sell products to make money, that doesn't alter the fact that the information in the video relates to a specific feline disease, so we need to be careful that we don't do more harm than good, especially if we have pets with other conditions that may require special diets.

    Sadly, one of my cats had gingivitis, not FGS, from a very young age. I tried everything: raw food, Logic, brushing, Dentisept but nothing worked. He wouldn't let me brush his teeth or rub the Logic into his gums properly. He just would not entertain raw chicken wings or any raw food whatsoever. We struggled for 12 years and finally, earlier this year, we gave up because he had stopped eating, so he was sent to a specialist, who removed all his teeth. Fortunately, his mouth has healed wonderfully. It's the best thing we ever did. He now eats with no problems at all.

    I cannot say what is the right solution to this. I don't know if dried food or wet food is the best option. The problem is that not enough independent research has been carried out for anyone to say for certain and because at the beginning of this video Dr. Addie made it perfectly clear that this advice related to cats with FGS only.

    What I do believe, however, is that some cats are predisposed to getting gingivitis. My boy did have allergy problems. As a kitten, his face swelled up like a balloon due to an insect bite or sting, so I can well believe he may have had an allergy to the food he was eating, but I've tried all kinds of different foods and nothing worked, so I don't know what the solution could be.

    All I can say, is I'm sorry your cat has this issue and good luck and I hope you manage to resolve the problem.
     
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