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Dallassummer

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Simba's teeth are a bit discolored in the front. He needs a dental cleaning, which I'm arranging. How do you guys keep their teeth clean? Brushing his teeth is an act of congress and I don't think I'm doing it right. I have been reading about water addictives and so many are unsafe to swallow, yet they want us to put it right in their water to drink. I found two I like: Healthy Mouth and Oratene. Oratene is way less expensive, both are all natural.
What do you guys do?
 

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Glad to see this thread- the past few days I have been reading up on he ingredients in pet tooth paste - sorbitol is often the first ingredient , then there are pet dental products with chlorhexidine ingredients - I am not crazy about --then I go to thinking- I don't even check the ingredients in my human toothpaste brands lol :) but anything for the kitties :) even their shampoo cost more than mine and I don't bat wn eye to buy it :)

I am going to reintroduce brushing with a gauze pad rubbing gums without any paste, then hold a child size tooth brush and let them get used to liking it ... Then... Bring on the toothpaste :) I see a lot of folks going eith the CET enzymatic toothpaste- reading up on reviews now- I am staying away from the water additives- concerns me too when I see them piling up in the pet store clearance section too


Looking forward to the replies to this thread
 

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I have been brushing teeth once a week with petco toothpaste but it wasn't enough and still Dippy needs a cleaning at 1 :(

I have been recommended using oratene gel on a rag and rub it onto his teeth every day, and I am going to try this.
 

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I am using the Petco toothpaste (chicken flavor). My cat likes it.
I talked to my vet and he told me that cat teeth need to be brushed as much as human teeth, so once or twice a day. I have always been told that brushing once a week is enough, but he told me it's a myth.
I also have CET oral hygiene rinse, but I use it rarely, and my cat doesn't like it.
My cat's teeth are much better now that I brush them everyday :)
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Dallassummer

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Anybody feeling gracious to give me a rundown of their brushing routine? Simba tolerates it, but isn't fond of it. I don't think I am doing it right.
 

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@zoinks, I was just reading the package insert for ingredients and q&a's on vetrx direct For oratene

** the first ingredient is aloe Vera :depressed: now since the change of name from biotene and the ingredients are listed different.

My understanding is t hat Aloe Vera is a no no for kitties ..
Hope someone can chime in on Oratene
 

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@Yoda mom Pet King Brands (manufacturer of this product) has explained in an email that it is the aloe vera gel that is used. The toxic component of the Aloe Vera plant is in the lining of the leaf, which is absent here.

It says in the description that it is safe for all species of pet :)
 

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Anybody feeling gracious to give me a rundown of their brushing routine? Simba tolerates it, but isn't fond of it. I don't think I am doing it right.
We do not brush our sphynx teeth, Greenies treats seem to help, would love to see someone do a video on sphynx teeth cleaning - that would be neat!
 
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@ zoinks, thanks for the update, I was just surprised any part of Aloe is used in their cat products.. Makes me nervous because you never know in manufacturing facilities the possibility of cross contamination.. The aloe gel it is now thc first ingredient in oratene renamed from biotene for cats where aloe was listed near last in the ingredients.. Changed list of ingredients all around. I read it is not as strong as the prior vet version .. I will check out pet king brands website .. Thanks again for the update :)


I will give the company a call. Some sites list the oratene ingredients different which may be from the name change :)
 
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@Dallassummer , I spoke to the company today. They state oratene is safe for cats and have no complaints.
They also supply zymox which I hav used with great success..

Did you order the maintenance gel or antiseptic gel?
 

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Here's my issue: I feed my 10-month-old sphynx Primal raw food nuggets, so it's technically wet food. I am trying to find something to incorporate in her diet that will aid in strengthening her teeth/scraping off plaque. I'm giving her Greenies now, but the first ingredient is chicken, which she doesn't tolerate well.

I am having a rough time finding chew sticks that might work, they all seem to be for dogs. I can't mix any dry food with her raw meals because it greatly increases the protein content. Help!
 

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Anyone use hartz brand?

Tried dentipet for awhile but I think the tub is unhygienic.

Got hartz brand delivered yesterday anyone tried it?
 

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Chicken necks or turkey neck are great for the teeth. Both my kitties have had excellent checkup with no dental issues and that is what I do now. I used to brush Frida's teeth when I first got her but now have been trying to be more natural. Even just chunks of stewing beef or beef heart. with no bone is good for the teeth if you are nervous about bones
 

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@naomi, how do you prep the beef heart for kitties? I buy a case of it and make my own dog training treats- I am intetested in learning how best to prep for kitties??
 

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@naomi, how do you prep the beef heart for kitties? I buy a case of it and make my own dog training treats- I am intetested in learning how best to prep for kitties??
my butcher calls me when he gets in fresh shipments and I buy about 2lbs and cut it into about 1 square inch portions. Then I feed it fresh and put the rest in the freezer. I'm only comfy having it in the fridge for two days. I tend to put about 4 chunks in little non ziplock baggies that go in a larger freezer bag. Then I can take out portions I need in the evening for the next couple days.
 

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Thank you all! Since she is allergic to chicken, I went with turkey necks and she loves them! I tried fish skins and some other pet store recommended items, but she turned her nose up at everything.

I hacked up the turkey neck and defrost one a week for her to enjoy. My dog loves it, too so win-win! Thanks again!
 
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