Do cats need to eat dry food for to have healthy teeth??? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! Let me explain why…
Hopefully everyone reading this blog post of the best Feline Dental Diet, has read my last two blogs about the best diet for our cats which is a raw food diet. By the way I have had many inquiries as to which brand I recommend and though I have not tried nor researched any other brands to be able to discount them; I have thoroughly researched Natures Variety brand and this is what we feed our cats. We purchase ours from our local Pet Supermarket. Our cats love the flavor and we love the great healthy ingredients and convenience of the raw medallions and bite sized pieces.
So back to teeth! What is the best feline dental diet? Now first of all I will let everyone know that I actually am a dental hygienist by profession so you can believe me when I say that I do know a LOT about teeth! From what you read from my bashing dry cat food blog you know that most dry cat foods are loaded with carbohydrates and added preservatives and sugar. Now what happens when our cat eats a piece of dry food? Sure the hard piece will break as they crunch on it and scrape against their teeth, but this is not helpful at all! When we bite into something which is a carbohydrate the natural enzymes in our mouth immediately go to work to start digesting the food. In fact simple carbohydrates like simple sugars can be almost completely digested in our mouth by the enzyme amylase which is present. Think of a saltine cracker on your tongue and how quickly it dissolves, this is due to the enzymatic process.
Now lets talk about cavities or tooth decay. The way a cavity is formed is by the combination of bacteria which is found on the teeth in the sticky plaque that builds up between bushings. These bacteria on the surface of the teeth combine with sugars in the food we eat as they break down in our mouths. The combination of sugars and the bacteria produce an acid which penetrates into our teeth and causes cavities overtime with repeated exposure. As you can now clearly see this dry cat food which most people think is helpful to the health of our cats teeth is in fact harmful because every piece of food they eat causes more erosion of their teeth leading to multiple cavities.
I know, I know, now you are feeling bad about mistakenly feeding your cat food which is harmful to their health and wondering what you can do to improve the health of their teeth. First thing of course is to feed a raw food diet because it does not contain any added sugars which will damage the teeth. Also the best raw food diets are made containing the bones of the animal protein within it and chewing on these pieces of bone are good for our cat’s teeth. Also a good healthy raw food diet ensures good immune system and overall bone health which is necessary for good oral health! Be careful with cat treats as well, it is best to give a freeze dried raw food treat or dehydrated meat treats which do not contain any added sugars.
The next thing you should do is be sure you are brushing your cat’s teeth as frequently as possible, ideally every day. We also recommended using an antibacterial treatment like OraVet gel on a weekly basis to help control plaque buildup. Thirdly, have your kitties’ teeth examined by your veterinarian at least once a year and schedule professional dental cleanings as needed usually at least bi-annually.
The health of our precious feline friends is so highly dependent on the food that they eat and they are entirely dependent on us to choose what to feed them. Please spend the time and do the research on the best diet to keep your kitties healthy for today and tomorrow! Also subscribe to my blog now for more health information delivered straight to you!!!
Please note: This article has been provided for informational purposes only. If your pet is showing any signs of illness, please consult a veterinarian as quickly as possible. A raw food diet may not be appropriate for all cats in all stages of health and we always recommend having your cat examined and discussing diet changes with your veterinarian.
Keep those Hairless Kitties Healthy and Happy Everyone!!!
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