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Do you brush your cats teeth?

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Chez87, Apr 30, 2011.


  1. Chez87

    Chez87 PetForums VIP

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    My OH said he saw some brown on Loki's teeth. I was really shocked as he has chicken wings regularly to help with this, so I decided to try brushing his teeth (I have a toothbrush and toothpaste I bought for Annie but she HATES it being done so it doesn't happen often!)

    I was ready for the ordeal as he is a real wriggler and has a sharp set of teeth and claws on him and will use them when he wants to escape. OH held him for me but it actually wasn't necessary! He was loving licking the toothpaste off the brush and even started chomping on the brush with his back teeth hahaha so not too much work was neeeded on my part! Well chuffed with that! :D Will keep doing it regularly now. He was even chasing me round the room pawing at the brush. :lol:

    ps-there was NO brown on his teeth....OH figured it must have been food! :rolleyes::
     
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    i use plaque off on my cats food, it helps to soften the plaque on their teeth.
     
  3. dougal22

    dougal22 Banned

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    One of my cats has recently seen the European Animal Dental Specialist. I asked about Plaque Off as an alternative to daily brushing and I was advised it was of no use and would not replace regular brushing of a cats teeth.
     
  4. Chez87

    Chez87 PetForums VIP

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    How's it going with your little boy dougal?
     
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    dougal22 Banned

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    Fingers crossed all is well (phew) :D His teeth are lovely and clean too ;)
     
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    KittehNom PetForums Member

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    ooooh, interesting :) been wondering about that plaque off stuff, but I shan't bother now and will stick to the brushing :)


    x
     
  7. dougal22

    dougal22 Banned

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    I'd definitely stick to brushing if your cat will tolerate it :)
    The specialist my cat saw, you can't really get much better advice. He said when I asked him about Plaque Off 'how clean would our teeth be if we just drank a drop of water with some 'supposed' cleaning powder in it or if we put toothpaste in our food'.
    I took his point ;)
     
  8. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    Do I look like my head buttons up the back(on second thoughts ,how would you know)Brush Meeko's teeth :eek:I'd rather cuddle a scorpion :eek:
     
  9. dougal22

    dougal22 Banned

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    I only brush one of out three of the cats teeth and that's because I have no choice, brush them or lose them :( No contest really.

    My other two sound just like Meeko, they would have my hand off :eek:
     
  10. missye87

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    Sooty used to wriggle for king and country! He really didn't like it, but we did it twice a week regardless. He had great teeth, even the vet had said he had never seen a cat in it's teens with such nice fangs! I swear that the only reason he would let us get on with it with only mild protests is because he got atreat after. He would never bite or even pull out his claws to us, he just tried to bat our hands away with his paw.

    When Benji comes we will be doing it with him too, so he gets used to having it done too. Its a good habit for a cat to have, but understandably all cats are different and have different tolerance levels. I know for some its a choice between the cat having clean teeth or coming away minus one finger each time!
     
  11. Jansheff

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    The vet reckons the 6 year old Burmese have great teeth, which we put down to their love of chewing cardboard boxes, LOL. :D

    I have tried cleaning Raffles' teeth, he's a mog and not so keen on cardboard. He just turned into Hannibal Lecter when we tried, so we're giving raw meat chunks a try now.
     
  12. Snippet

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    I don't brush Holly's teeth because a) she's got pretty good teeth for a 14 year old cat and b) I like my arms attached to the rest of my body.
     
  13. Doolally

    Doolally PetForums Senior

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    My cats love it, they see me get the toothbrush out and come running.

    I even have to put my own toothbrush away in the cupboard now otherwise they'll nick it, they're oral hygiene junkies!! lol
     
  14. Jayne31

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    My old boy (he's 18 this month) has about 5 teeth left after having the majority removed last year. The vet was impressed that he had arrived at 17 with most of his teeth still intact :D

    I used to use some sort of toothpaste stuff that he just was supposed lick, but being bloody minded and stubborn (like his owner) he wouldn't go near it.

    I need my fingers for my job so wouldn't attempt to try and clean his remaining teeth :blink:
     
  15. Chez87

    Chez87 PetForums VIP

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    I just got it out again and he came running over, and I didn't need OH to help me. :D I'm so glad that in at least one aspect of his care, he is not the most difficult kitten alive. Whereas when it comes to being a fussy eater......:rolleyes::
     
  16. HelloKittyHannah

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    Uhm, nope, I value my life :D

    When the time comes for them to be cleaned I will happily pay the vet to do it.
     
  17. Emma-Jayne

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    I give my Moriarty dentibix 4 in the morning and 4 at night do these things work at all or is brushing really whats best? When he had his last check up in Jan the vet said he had great teeth.
     
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