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If you go on my page, you'll see I had a cat named "Hope". She died from severe periodontal disease. She was a Hurricane Katrina rescue that I adopted when she was 10. She obviously did not have good dental care during her life in Louisiana and living on her own after the storm didn't help. After spending about $1000 on her, she crashed on me one day and had to go to the vet's for emergency oral surgery. She was so sick she never came out of the anesthesia. It all started with bad teeth. Cats (and dogs) teeth should be cleaned once a year unless your vet recommends otherwise. Make sure they do a blood test on your cat before they anesthetize him/her. The test can show if there are any problems that would cause anesthesia/surgery to be a problem.
If you still wonder whether you actually do need to clean your cat’s teeth, you should know that brushing your cat’s teeth removes plaque and prevents buildup of tartar and the spread of bacteria to other organs. You can .
You might have heard about anesthesia free dental cleanings from a local groomer, pet store, word of mouth or even some veterinary providers. Commonly known as anesthesia free dental cleanings, the practice involves scaling (scraping with an instrument) of a dog or cat’s teeth without putting the pet under anesthesia.I have heard that this gel is amazing option. It is worth of trying. I mean, brushing is always the best thing, but if your cat’s teeth are sensitive, than gel is the second option. Of course, there are some natural treatments for teeth cleaning. You can try chew toys for cats, because they are similar to dental treats in that they are abrasive and they really can help scrub off plaque and massage gums as well. You will see that most dental cat toys are filled with catnip to encourage your cat to nibble them. So, this is one more option, but still, dental gels are better. Hey there. I am having some problems with my cat. I think that she is really sensitive. Before, I was brushing her teeth, but now I can see that this bothers her. I don’t know why this happen suddenly, because she didn’t had this problem before. So, I am really in doubt because I don’t know how to keep my cat’s teeth clean without brushing?In the case of a permanent heart condition, renal issues, lung disease etc., your cat may still be able to have its teeth cleaned yearly. Your veterinarian will need to take special precautions when anesthetizing your cat. These precautions may include IV fluids prior to anesthesia for kidney support in the case of renal disease. If your cat has a heart condition, your kitty will need additional monitoring under anesthesia. If your cat has lung disease your veterinarian may use an inhaler prior to anesthesia and special medications to help your cat through the dental procedure.I never used it, but I have heard about “dental formula food” from my vet. He said that this food consists of pieces which are larger than average and, through chewing, clean cat’s teeth and dissolve plaque. It’s worth a try if you ask me. My Bassett Hound, however, just had her teeth cleaned and it was $185. About $100 was anethesia and the rest for the cleaning. $500 sounds amazingly unreasonable. I can't imagine why a cat's teeth cleaning would cost 2½ times what it cost to clean my Bassett's huge mouth full of teeth, though.