When it comes to basic grooming, cats have it under control; licking and wiping as needed on their own with great results. But as far as dental hygiene goes, their tongues and paws aren’t up to that important task, so it’s on pet owners to make sure their cats don’t end up with a mouthful of problems.
Tartar, plaque, bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis: Just like with humans, these dental-related issues are common with cats—and not just for those felines who fall into the senior population. According to Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, studies show that up to 90 percent of cats age four and older have some type of dental disease.
Consumers can and should take matters into their own hands between visits to the vet by using a range of prevention and cleaning products that are safe, non-toxic as well as effective. The Animal Medical Center of Wyoming recommends brushing pets’ teeth at least twice per week. To help achieve that, there are toothpastes free of artificial ingredients, and application is made easy with the use of a finger brush. But there are also dental treats on the market for consumers to provide their felines with a more enjoyable dental experience, especially if they are not too keen on the process for teeth brushing.
Retails are advised to remind their customers on the importance of staying on top of regular professional cleanings while also taking care of their pets’ dental hygiene in between visits. Whether their felines prefer treats or brushings, a little routine dental care goes a long way. These products are designed so that cats can continue focusing on their tails, coats and whiskers, not their molars, canines and incisors.
ProDen PlaqueOff Powder Cat
Specially formulated to appeal to our feline friends, ProDen PlaqueOff Powder Cat contains all the benefits of ProDen PlaqueOff Powder, but with added brewer’s yeast. A completely natural product, it is easily added to food every day. It is rich in natural iodine and contains important vitamins and minerals, and is free from artificial colors, preservatives, gluten and sugar.
Oxyfresh Dental Cleaning Kit
The Dental Teeth Cleaning Kit from Oxyfresh features a professional-grade Pet Dental Gel toothpaste with Oxygene and aloe plus a convenient finger brush. All products at Oxyfresh are made in the USA, cruelty-free, non-toxic, safe, gentle and effective. They contain no artificial flavors ever.
Veterinarian-recommended Petsmile is the first and only toothpaste accepted by the VOHC for plaque inhibition, with Calprox. It’s formulated with human-grade ingredients and is free of animal by-products, BPA, silica, sulfates, parabens and gluten. The VOHC with the American Veterinary Dental College recognizes that Petsmile meets the highest standards for your cat’s oral health.
Hello Kitty Team Treatz
Hello Kitty Tartar Control Cat Treats is a patented formula that has been proven to reduce tartar by 40 percent with daily consumption. Cats love the shape and crunchy texture that helps remove plaque and tartar build-up. Made with nutritious wholesome ingredients, these cat tartar control treats work to keep your cat’s teeth clean and healthy.
Mini Brushless Toothpaste
Feline oral health is challenging. Dry cat food isn’t abrasive enough to remove tartar or calculus. Cats rarely allow tooth brushing or gels, and can’t tolerate various herbal products that dogs can. But Ark Naturals’ Mini Brushless Toothpaste dental chews are purr-fectly safe for cats, made with natural ingredients like vanilla, cinnamon and cloves.