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Feline dental care

Kashi
March 7th, 2008, 09:33 PM
Butterscotch had her check up with the vet today.
Her back teeth are just coated with tartar - they're pretty much yellow :(


I have attempted to brush her teeth in the past, it has resulted in multiple puncture wounds to me - including once having part of her claw break off and embed itself into my arm, which took several weeks to make it's way out and was quite painful.

Needless to say, her poor teeth have been neglected since that point.

I'm a stay-home mom, and my hubby is on an indefinite lay-off right now, so having her teeth cleaned by the vet is NOT an option at the moment.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me ? Right now, I'm not sure that even brushing is going to help her back teeth :(

want4rain
March 7th, 2008, 09:36 PM
the raw stuff will help with it, i wouldnt sweat it for now. when the hubby gets back working and you guys catch up on the bills, look at getting his teeth cleaned. the raw will really help keep them clean later.

my fuzzy nuts Hunter use to have to go on antibiotics twice a year due to his gingivitis and get them cleaned once a year. from what i understand, some cats just have yuckier teeth than others. anyways, now with the raw feeding, its halted any plaque build up and even helped to clean up a good bit of it. i might get his teeth done next year but im not sweating it now.

you think you can get a picture of his teeth?? how old is he? are his gums inflamed??

-ashley

Kashi
March 7th, 2008, 09:42 PM
We haven't started raw feeding yet - still working on hubby about that one :D

Butterscotch is about 8 years old. I doubt I can get a photo of her teeth, but I can try tomorrow.

From what I saw at the vet today, I didn't notice any inflammation, but I honestly don't know what I'm looking for either.

want4rain
March 7th, 2008, 09:44 PM
*scoffs* you have pictures on dogster of Pugsley. have those been posted on here?? i dont remember seeing them!!!! :confused: i thought we were friends!!!

:cry:

-ashley

Kashi
March 7th, 2008, 09:46 PM
I'm pretty sure those photos have been posted here. I'll go check though.

Kashi
March 7th, 2008, 09:48 PM
Found them ! (http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=49587)

want4rain
March 7th, 2008, 09:52 PM
lol i wouldnt worry about it. ;)

as for the teeth, if you can just get a little peek in at the teeth and see if the gum line is red, a little red is.... ok, not desirable but ok i think. but if it looks like a sharp line of red right where the gums meet the teeth???

brushing the teeth wont help get tartar off right now. only a dental cleaning will. from then on, the raw meat and bones will do anything a tooth brush would. it flosses the teeth, the bones scrape the tartar off and not having grains in his mouth. all of those things will go a LONG LONG way towards dental health.

i wouldnt have believed the difference myself but for the fact ive seen the difference with my own eyes.

-ashley