Dry Cat Food – Does It Clean Teeth?
I had someone write to me after I made my post about what kind of food to feed your cat. The writer asked me why I don’t feed dry food to my cat because she was told that all dry cat food is good because it cleans their teeth. This is a common myth. All dry cat food does is shatter against their teeth, it does not combat or remove tarter. Some cats will just swallow the food whole, so that doesn’t even help clean their teeth at all (and I would imagine swallowing food whole could lead to indigestion, stomach ache and couldn’t that lead to vomiting?)
Keeping a cat’s mouth and teeth clean takes patience and persistence on your part. Brushing your cat’s teeth and getting regular dental cleaning from your vet are important. Periodontal disease in cats can be devastating. It can be lethal.
If you want to brush your cat’s teeth, you can buy a tooth brush and toothpaste here. DO NOT use a human tooth brush or tooth paste.
Getting your cat used to letting you brush their teeth can be a daunting task. Take your time, try it and do it in short bursts, and make sure to give your cat treats after allowing you to do that. There is a great video here, explaining how to brush your cat’s teeth. It is not me in the video.
There is an amazing article here to explain more about the effects of dry food on cats vs. raw food diets. Great comments at the end of the article. It is written by a veterinarian and gives a lot of food for thought.
The same information can also be helpful with dogs and their dental health.
Take care of your pet’s mouth and they will live a longer, happier and healthier life, think of the great feeling you will have, knowing that you helped to provide a great life for your furbaby.