Dental Treats For Cats
One of the major reasons why cat owners take their cat to the veterinarian is for dental health problems. Like humans, cats can suffer from various dental problems, due to poor dental hygiene. According to a study done by the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of adult cats suffer from some kind of periodontal disease.
Dental treats are the easiest way you can take care of your cat's dental health, in between brushings and veterinarian visits. Unlike dogs, cats tend to gobble up treats quickly, but a dental chew usually lasts longer. You should always watch your cat while he or she is chewing a dental treat to make sure they do not have any problems consuming it.
Benefits of Dental Treats:
Eliminate Bad Breath
Bad breath is usually a sign that your cat needs teeth cleaning. Giving your cat a treat with chlorophyll is very beneficial to them. Giving these dental chews to your cat between cleanings will help freshen their breath. If your cat suffers from chronic or strong bad breath, it is probably a sign of some gastrointestinal problem. If left untested or untreated, the bacteria can enter their bloodstream and lead to heart, kidney, or liver diseases.
Plaque and tartar buildup can cause your cat to suffer dental problems, even some serious ones, like bleeding gums and inflammation. Tartar buildup can also lead to tooth loss and in extreme cases, receding gums. This is why it is important you give your cat treats which are specifically focused on controlling tartar and plaque. Such treats contain enzymes that fight harmful bacteria which cause such tartar and plaque buildup in the cat's mouth.
How to Choose Treats for your Cat
Here are some things to consider before you choose treats for your cat.
● Cats can be fussy about food and treats. Choose a variety of flavors and textures.
● Make sure the treat contains chlorophyll.
● If you are using treats for training or giving them to your cat on a regular basis, make sure they are low in calories to help reduce weight gain.
Pets love treats, but an excessive amount of treats can lead to obesity in both, dogs and cats, which is not good for their health. As a general rule, your pet's intake of treats should not exceed 10% of his or her daily intake of calories. There are various healthy treats in the market that are both delicious and nutritious. Read the labels to make sure that they are high in protein, minerals, vitamins, and low in fat.
Dental treats are convenient for basic dental care maintenance, but they don’t replace the need for professional cleaning and preventive care. Make sure take your cat to the veterinary frequently.