Pet parents may worry if they see their cat chewing slower than usual or avoid certain types of food that they once enjoyed. Of course, there may be more than one reason for this behavior change, but pet parents might not realize that an underlying cause could be their cats’ oral health.
Since cats typically don’t display signs of oral discomfort, and may even intentionally hide signs of illness, pet parents should take all possible steps to prevent the pain caused by dental problems. In addition to brushing, one method of treatment and prevention that many pet parents use is cat dental water additives.
For pet parents considering cat dental water additives, here's a rundown of what exactly they are, why they’re a good option, and how they work.
What Are Dental Water Additives for Cats?
Dental water additives for cats are odorless and tasteless oral health products that pet parents add to their cats’ water dishes as a supplement to teeth brushing, not replacement.
Are the Ingredients in Cat Dental Water Additives Safe?
Dental water additives for cats contain ingredients that are safe for any age and typically include the following ingredients:
- Potassium sorbate
- Sodium benzoate
- Sodium citrate
- Stabilized chlorine dioxide
- Chlorophyllin-copper complex
- Zinc acetate
These ingredients are also safe for dogs, so pet parents can use them to support good oral health without worrying about other animals in the household drinking from their cat's bowl.
Why Are Dental Water Additives for Cats a Good Option?
From kittens to older cats, dental health is a critical part of the overall wellness of cats at any stage of life. Unfortunately, by age three, up to 80% of cats experience dental disease, including gum disease, tooth damage, and weight loss. Dental water additives are an easy option to use along with teeth brushing and other cat teeth cleaning products to support their cat’s oral health.
Vets typically recommend that pet parents brush their cats’ teeth daily or at least three times a week. However, this is often easier said than done. For example, sometimes cats can act aggressively during teeth brushing. Under these circumstances, pet parents will find dental water additives helpful in maintaining oral hygiene, but they should still inquire about professional teeth cleanings.
How Do Dental Water Additives for Cats Work?
As the dental additives are safe for daily drinking, one capful is enough for each bowl of water.
As a cat drinks water throughout the day, dental water additives gently freshen the cat’s breath by killing bacteria. The additive ingredients also prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar on teeth. Additionally, cat dental water additives help prevent gum disease and tooth decay — all in collaboration with regular teeth brushing.
How Can Pet Parents Decide on the Right Cat Teeth Cleaning Products?
Different cat teeth cleaning products are suitable for different cats based on their personality. Pet parents will be able to make those decisions based on knowing their cats’ behaviors, but a vet can also help with recommendations.
For example, pet parents of picky-eater cats may find more success with Oxyfresh Dog & Cat Oral Hygiene Solution as an oral health option, as it’s tasteless, odorless, and fast-acting.
Virbac C.E.T. IntelliDent is a type of cat dental treat that uses a cat’s natural chewing to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. However, some cats may not benefit from this dental health option as they may swallow dry food without chewing or not like the taste.
Oral sprays, such as Vetradent Oral Dental Spray, are another practical, easy-to-use option along with regular teeth brushing. Sprays typically do not require rinsing. In addition, pet parents can spray directly into their cats’ mouths.
Be Proactive About Cat Oral Health
It’s never too late for pet parents to take care of their cats’ teeth and gums. Starting a dental routine and getting regular medical check-ups can help prevent periodontal disease before it happens or slow dental problems from getting worse.
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