Thursday, February 12, 2015

#CatDentalHealth with @PetSmart and Authority Dental Cat Treats #Ad #Sponsored


This post is sponsored by PetSmart, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. 
I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Dental Health Month, but Tails from the Foster Kittens only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article.


National Pet Dental Health Month was founded in 1994 as a way to highlight the need for caring for our pet's teeth. This year ®PetSmart wanted to team up with bloggers to highlight this need and provide options.



There are a wide variety of ways to help a cats keep their teeth clean. Some say chewing on raw meat and bones will keep them clean, some say using a pet tooth brush and pet toothpaste, but these are generally options people are unwilling or unable to do for their pets. Enter the dental treats! We were asked to promote the Authority brand dental treats. They come in several flavors: Chicken, Duck, Tuna and Salmon. We chose chicken.




I know we would all like to do what we can to help ensure our cat's long lasting good health. Taking care of one's teeth can help more than the pet's mouth and the smell of their breath. Plaque can build up and cause a great deal of inflammation and even infection which can have long term health consequences if left unchecked such as microscopic changes in the heart, liver, kidneys*. Brushing your cat's teeth daily is ideal, but do not let perfect become the enemy of good. Most cat owners want their cats to be happy, and brushing rarely brings out the happy purr in our kitty..

Okay Muffin, which option do you like best?

Really Mom? is that even a question?
Can I haz the treats??

Can you 'brush' our teeth too?
Dental treats claim that they promote chewing action that helps reduce plaque and tartar. They are made in unique or larger shapes that encourage chewing. If the cats chew the treats (sadly most of my cats ate them whole) the fibers in the treat are aligned to scrape the tartar off the teeth. A lot of people still think that feeding regular kibble will help keep a cat's mouth healthy, but that is actually been proven as untrue and many cats who eat regular kibble need cleanings just as often as those who eat other types of food - with the exception maybe of food formulated specifically for dental health.

So if your kitty has breath that could peel paint off the wall, consider scheduling a visit with a vet to discuss your options. It is never too late to start doing something in regards to your pet's dental health, and while we would all love to be able to brush their teeth daily, do not let the fact that you can't do that stop you from doing something.

15 comments:

  1. My human brushes my teeth, but not all that frequently. It is a little annoying... but the toothpaste tastes good, so I don't mind it.

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  2. mom says she likes having 10 fingers too much to try to brush teeth here, so treats are a good option.

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  3. Even if you don't brush your cat's teeth, you should have them examined by a vet at regular check ups!

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  4. I wish I could brush my boys' teeth daily, but they sure don't like it!

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  5. We've had dental treats in the past but only occasionally. Now the mom is really taking our dental care to heart and we're getting dental treats on a regular basis. A win-win for us!!

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  6. TY for getting the word out that cats need dental care!

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  7. We loved the Authority Dental Chews for dogs! ☺

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  8. I only wish I could brush my former feral mancat's and formerly abused/suffers from PTSD ladycat's teeth but I'm afraid I would be left bloody and fingerless and the two of them having a heart attack!
    They do get their teeth checked regularly by the vet as I have had two ladycats now at the Bridge who developed stomatitis and almost lost their lives from it. It was a devastating and horrific experience for both them and me.
    Thank you for reminding people the importance of doing so with all pets, especially cats who are often overlooked or not given regular vet care in general.

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  9. When Maxie had his surgery on Friday the mom was shocked to hear him say that yeah, kibble doesn't work. He's pro-wet food! A big change from 3 years ago with him, so we were happy to hear that.

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  10. Panky: Dats bery guds tips to halps wif kitteh dental healths. Me and brofur wont let DaMa brush our teefs but we get treats wif da VOHC seal on dem. DaMa sey*imitating human voice* "dat Veterinarian Oral Health Council seal on fuds and treats is clinically proven to reduce tartar an plague buildups. "
    Troyer: Me nose care abuts dat VOHC- Me wants nommy treats!

    Panfur Purrs fur spreading da word about Dental Health Month.

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  11. Lion is very sweet about having his teeth brushed every other night, as is Harris. Toffee and Possum are less happy but they tolerate it. They get praise and petting before and after, and that helps. (And I only brush each side for a few seconds). Wendy goes ballistic if we even try to pick her up, so she's off limits. It's too bad, because she has tartar and brushing makes a difference. When we first started, Harris had a bright red line across his gums above his teeth: inflammation. Within a couple of weeks of brushing, it was gone, even though there was still hard tartar on this teeth that my vet had to chip off. Even with my pathetic brushing technique, Harris's gums got healthier, so we are sticking to our routine.

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  12. You know what would happen if TW tried to brush my teeth, don’t you? I wonder if she’d still be able to type my blog with one hand.

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