Cat Nutrition Guide | Cat Food & Chews for Dental Health
Did you know that up to 85% of cats over the age of 3 are affected by dental disease? Sadly, poor oral health can lead to problems with your kitty’s heart, liver and kidneys, so let’s get a hold on dental issues and establish a routine to support your pet’s general health and especially their nashers.
Plaque is the main culprit and the general cause of dental or periodontal disease. It builds up and sticks to the teeth causing bacteria to thrive, leading to infection shown by bad breath, yellow or brown tartar, bleeding mouths and inflamed gums.
How can dental cat food help?
A diet tailored specifically to help your cat’s chops can make a huge difference – we strongly recommend foods approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (V0HC). These foods contain loads of fibre to help scrape the teeth clean as your cat chews, polyphosphates to prevent calcium binding to teeth (look for words like sodium hexametaphosphate or tripolyphosphate in the ingredients) and have unique shapes. Large kibble pieces mean lots of extra chewing to give those teeth a good scrub.
Other things to consider…
Whilst oral health food is a great place to start, there are still other measures you can take. Introduce dental chews between meals, brush your cat’s teeth using one of our specially designed toothbrushes and take your cat for teeth cleanings at the vets.
Oral care food vs other food…
Wet cat food has got a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to oral health, as it is generally considered worse for your cat’s teeth than dry kibble. Studies have actually shown there is very little difference wet and dry foods when it comes to your moggy’s teeth, except for the fact that dry kibble can stimulate saliva and encourage chewing. It’s worth knowing that standard dry kibble is designed to crumble once bitten and so does not generally help oral health or promote a cleaning action.
Take a peek at our oral health cat foods now to make your cat’s smile sparkle!