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Raw diet and teeth

Angie Panczak

Savannah Super Cat
#1
Hi,
I have been wondering about feeding chicken necks to clean teeth. I give my dogs neck and backs daily to keep teeth clean, what can I give the cats to help keep their teeth clean? Definately don't want to start brushing.
Angie
 

Ashley

Savannah Super Cat
#2
Interested in what the answer will be. I'm very pro oral health, I've seen some disgusting teeth while doing clinicals in HS at a vet clinic. But brushing Kovu's teeth is next to impossible!
 

Angie Panczak

Savannah Super Cat
#3
I agree even at 1-2 years old, there is plaque build up. Oral health is so important, and in Canada it is minimum $500 just for a cleaning, I would really like to do a preventative maintenance. Also, the girls barely let me clip their nails let alone start brushing their teeth. I did give my stud a small chicken neck and he seemed ok with it, so I am hoping its as easy as that. The raw ground just doesn't clean teeth.
 

Ashley

Savannah Super Cat
#4
I agree even at 1-2 years old, there is plaque build up. Oral health is so important, and in Canada it is minimum $500 just for a cleaning, I would really like to do a preventative maintenance. Also, the girls barely let me clip their nails let alone start brushing their teeth. I did give my stud a small chicken neck and he seemed ok with it, so I am hoping its as easy as that. The raw ground just doesn't clean teeth.
Yeah, its expensive, but after I saw an elderly dog who never had a cleaning come in with a hole from the roof of his mouth into his nasal cavity because of it, I promised that I'd NEVER let my animal have poor oral health. It was so sad, we had to put her to sleep because it was just beyond the point of no return. And Kovu is the same way with clipping. It was easier to brush/clip when he was a kitten, but now that he is 17lbs its kind of hard. lol
 

Samber

Savannah Super Cat
#5
So i make my own raw (ground) and i have to go to the Asian super market to get chicken liver and hearts for the ground mix. when i'm there i grab some whole quail, its about 8-9 dollars per pack and comes with 6. i grab 2 packs every time i'm there and i feed that to the cats.

the raw bone in the quail help clean their teeth. also they LOVE quail. they go kind of crazy for it. i also crate feed them when they get whole prey. i do this cause if not they will drag it across the floor into a corner and eat it there where they feel safe. so when i grab the crates they know its time for quail and will go nuts with meowing and walking in and out of the crate til i bring the quail.

i would say any type of whole prey should help with teeth cleaning.
 

admin

Paige
Staff member
#8
So i make my own raw (ground) and i have to go to the Asian super market to get chicken liver and hearts for the ground mix. when i'm there i grab some whole quail, its about 8-9 dollars per pack and comes with 6. i grab 2 packs every time i'm there and i feed that to the cats.

the raw bone in the quail help clean their teeth. also they LOVE quail. they go kind of crazy for it. i also crate feed them when they get whole prey. i do this cause if not they will drag it across the floor into a corner and eat it there where they feel safe. so when i grab the crates they know its time for quail and will go nuts with meowing and walking in and out of the crate til i bring the quail.

i would say any type of whole prey should help with teeth cleaning.
Zuri dies for quail...but I had to stop giving her the whole prey while she was pregnant and nursing because she would just eat the day old quail, which had hardly any nutritional value. She will not eat the larger quail, so now she gets ground quail with bone from Blue Ridge Beef.

The kittens are eating Kitten Mix from Blue Ridge Beef, which has bone in it and they love it...
 

Angie Panczak

Savannah Super Cat
#9
Thanks everyone, not too sure I can get quail, but will start feeding chicken necks. We raise our own chickens, so maybe I could start raising the quail for the cats.