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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

12/12/2013 6:04:08 AM



10/31/2012 8:07:32 PM

I have an older male Flame Point Siamese cat and he has this black scabby patches that are redish under them, have been told this is many things,But i was hoping one of your readers or Vets might know what this is.I would appreciate any info somebody might know about.Thank you

Orla    Santa cruz, CA

9/29/2012 4:03:15 AM

It's not so much the safety I am concerned with, as I trust my wonderful vet. The concern is the cost. Having my 2 cats' teeth cleaned would be VERY expensive. I am retired and on fixed income and would have to skimp and save for several months just to get one cat's teeth done.

Lorie    New York, NY

8/25/2012 9:03:46 AM

the article doesn't tell us what the earliest age of a cat is that has to be considered as a teeth cleaning candidate. am asking for an important reason to me and cat. one just cannot always ask or think on everything at a vet's visit.

Anna    fg, AS

7/26/2012 8:23:13 AM

Good advice!

Stacey    Pittsburgh, PA

3/8/2012 5:57:14 PM

very informative

Vendetta    McMinnville, TN

1/20/2012 5:18:47 PM

I just had my 6 year old cats teeth cleaned for the first time. She was put to sleep for it and came out good. She had moderate tartar build up.
I am going to start trying to brush her teeth. That should be interesting-ha ha

tish    harpers ferry, WV

9/15/2011 6:33:30 AM

my 7year old cat never drooled or showed any signs but it came down to severe gingivitis and she had to have 4 teeth removed. She's much happier and eats better.

Shreah    Port Arthur, TX

8/15/2011 2:51:10 PM

figures. no wonder y yuffie lost a tooth and drooling. need to get her teeth clean o0

Carmen    Fullerton, CA

7/12/2011 5:37:19 PM

OH NO! My cat Methius needs his teeth brushed because he has bad fish breath...

Ashley    Monument, CO

2/6/2011 2:26:33 PM

I have a cat that's about one and a half/ two years now, I just realized that he was drooling, not a lot, though, just dripping and it only started about a minute ago. He also only drips about once every thirty seconds or so. Is that a sign of gum disease? Another thing is that I have been meaning to go to the store to get animal tooth brushes, but it always slips my mind, when I do go, is there some specific things I should get realated to that? Any information would help, thanks.

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

8/14/2010 3:15:58 AM

good article thanks

Sidney    Boca Raton, FL

8/12/2010 1:40:59 PM

I am a veterinarian. If the signs of dental disease mentioned in this article are observed, the boat has been missed. Proper dental care involves regular professional and home care BEFORE these signs are seen. Most veterinarians are profoundly inept at recognizing and treating established dental disease in cats (and dogs). This will change only after the public recognizes the need for and demands better care for their cats.

Don    Bakersfield, CA

4/29/2010 11:16:52 PM

Great Info, keeps the furrballs healthy and happy!

dayna    easton, PA

3/29/2010 8:52:09 AM

very useful information

Alicia    Phoenix, AZ

3/19/2010 3:45:35 PM

I started brushing my older cats' teeth weekly since they were kittens. I use a malt flavored toothpaste for cats. This has kept their teeth in very good condition.

Shannon    Danville, IL

10/14/2009 4:25:51 PM

Good article too!

karen    cheektowaga, NY

10/14/2009 1:35:21 PM

Good info!!!

Evelyn    Beamsville, ON

10/14/2009 11:57:25 AM

Good article. I brush my cats teeth three times a week.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

10/14/2009 9:36:38 AM

Remember, as the cat below I hope doesn't fit the bill, after the teeth have already gotten this bad, it may be too late. Their kidneys can't take it and go into failure. I lost my Mr. Toby (8) this way. My other four kitties go in yearly for exams, teeth too. I use the oral teeth care now, before any trouble. It's too late to use once the teeth are infected. This woman's vet should have reacted immediately to this poor cats teeth.

D    Newtown, CT

10/14/2009 8:11:44 AM

Good info!

gg    san bernardino, CA

8/22/2009 8:19:38 PM


Nicole    Bradenton, FL

8/16/2009 4:44:02 AM

This article has very useful info. I now know what types of problems to watch for.

Mr.Cat's Owner    Austin, TX

8/4/2009 5:14:43 PM

Well if all you have is a bad cat breath problem consider yourself more fortunate than I am. Not only does my lil buddy have bad breath, he has swollen bleeding gums, he drools and has a hard time eating. Although he will eat, but it has to be soft, he won't touch dry, he shutters and cries if you touch his left side of his mouth(where the problem is. This has been going on a couple of weeks, brought him to vet cost $147 for him to be looksed at,tested for cat disease and given pain medicine. I tired kitty oral care, but its not working now I will have to bring him in again and he will have to have some teeth removed :( my poor lil guy.

Kimberly    North Vancouver, BC

7/16/2009 7:58:52 PM

Thanks for the info. My kitty's breath can smell pretty bad.

Dina    Ventura, CA

7/16/2009 2:05:15 PM

Laurie, you should try John Paul Pet Wipes, the Tooth & Gum wipes are amazing. My cats have healthy, fresh breath now and they are so easy to use. Hope this helps :) Dina


6/24/2009 3:04:05 PM


Laurie    Garfield, NJ

6/24/2009 2:59:22 PM

Both my cats breath stink as far as I am concerned. My vet said they are ok. I asked about cleaning them and could not believe my eyes $400.00 to clean. Growing up it wasn't even talked about now how can the average person afford dental care for their pets?

janet    bethlehem, PA

6/12/2009 7:06:14 AM

good article thanks

gg    pr, CA

6/2/2009 5:04:34 PM


shirley    lewiston, ME

5/9/2009 6:55:16 PM

i know its very important for animals to have their teeth cleaned but personally i too could not do it by myself i would definately have to take them to the vet just safer deal all around.

Sheila    Omaha, NE

4/20/2009 11:19:04 AM

I know that keeping your cats teeth clean is important, but I don't think I could ever do it. It is much easier for me to just take my cats to the vet and let them do it for me. I have only taken one of my cats in for a teeth cleaning and all three of my cats have unusally clean teeth. I think a lot of it has to do with the food they eat, or maybe I just picked the right cats!!

Summer    Phoenix, AZ

4/6/2009 8:54:09 PM

Cleaning cats teeth is NOT that easy as CAT FANCY has wrote in this issue. They are making it out that "cleaning cats teeth" is no issue to be that concerned about as its performed daily. I took my 16 yr old cat in to my VET as she was very ill and needed to have general anesthesia to clean,and remove some of her teeth and she had stones that blocked her from urinating. If general anesthesia was so safe? why would a VET put a cat to sleep due to the fear she would die on the operating table! Please lets be honest. Putting any animal under general anesthesia is always a risk at any age. I have seen a eight month old cat die in the arms of the technician at the Vets office. So please STOP lying to the public about the safety of general anesthesia now a days is safe that even 20 yr old cats can have general anesthesia. THAT IS NOT ENTIRELY TRUE.

Sarah    Offutt, NE

3/17/2009 11:02:16 AM

nice info

Rug    new york, NY

3/1/2009 11:21:36 AM

good article

Rollie    Bristow, VA

1/9/2009 5:45:31 PM

thanks for the info

Anna    Ashville, AL

1/9/2009 2:45:34 PM


Erin    Coventry, CT

1/9/2009 2:09:53 PM


meredith    sheffield lake, OH

1/9/2009 1:44:43 PM

great info :) thanks!

allisonsurasky    boston, MA

1/9/2009 11:40:58 AM

I am looking for some sort of alternative form of medicine i can give my 15 year old cat who has gum disease. surgery is not an option, any help will be greatly appreciated.

Karen    Fairmont, MN

1/9/2009 11:09:22 AM

When my two elderly cats became sick with CRF, my vet didn't think it was a good idea to give them anesthesia; I have an 8 month old kitten now that actually likes to have his teeth brushed - of course he thinks it is some kind of game. I am using a dry toothbrush to brush his teeth, anybody know if that is as effective? I think I'll go ask the forum.

Allie S    Abingdon, MD

1/9/2009 9:47:27 AM


candice    definace, MD

1/9/2009 7:24:41 AM

i will clean my cat

D    Newtown, CT

1/9/2009 5:58:35 AM

Good info

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

1/9/2009 5:21:23 AM

Great article. I lost Mr. Toby a couple of years back to renal failure. His teeth may have been the cause. My kitties go for an annual tooth checkup and I use tooth cleaner in their water.

Cheryl    Franklin, WI

12/23/2008 12:38:13 PM

My 6 year old red tabby (male) also has brown spots all over his mouth. I was concerned, but our Vet reassured me that they are just "freckles" and not to worry about it.

mollie    chicago, IL

12/10/2008 2:05:53 PM

Good Info!

Grace    Lebanon, OH

12/5/2008 11:23:37 AM

My Zoey is a 4yr old calico;rescued her from under a trailer as a kitten.She began drooling&loss of appetite at 1yr. old;bad breath,skinny,slept alot,very clingy to me.Finally got a look in her mouth--teeth black,gums red;scary!Cant afford a vet!Zoe would stare @ food dish but not eat.I feed her canned food only now,2x a day,away from my 3 other cats;she is now playing,running around w/the other cats;I will try to clean her teeth&mouth myself;THANKS for the info;my poor baby Zoey!!!

Jaime    Orlando, FL

11/19/2008 6:19:25 PM

I have just noticed brown spots on my two year old cat's teeth and gums. Does anyone know what this could be? they are pretty much all over his mouth.

Whisper    Bristow, VA

11/17/2008 6:53:48 PM

Thanks for the information.

Kristina    Rochester, MN

11/17/2008 3:40:29 PM


Erica    Lincoln, NE

11/17/2008 2:11:10 PM


Laurie    ERie, PA

11/17/2008 2:04:01 PM

good info

Allie S    Abingdon, MD

11/17/2008 12:42:06 PM


TJ    JC, TN

11/17/2008 11:34:59 AM

I do not put my cats under anesthesia every year if they have minor dental tarter. I do have dental cleaning done once it builds up and they have maybe a 3 out of 5 dental tartar. This keeps their teeth clean but not anesthesizing them too often

D.    Indy, IN

11/17/2008 7:18:13 AM

I don't like the idea of subjecting my cat to a yearly dose of anesthesia. Actually it was my vet that warned me about it. She said I needed to weigh the risks against the benefits. My dog just died from kidney disease and it was horrible. I believe it was anesthetic from surgery that caused his kidney disease.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

11/17/2008 6:00:28 AM

Mine go for a regular check up once a year. I lost a kitty once to kidney disease and this may have been because of his teeth. I now use a tartar control in their water dish. My vet recommended this.

Bobbi    Laurelville, OH

11/17/2008 3:39:20 AM

I started brushing both of my cat's teeth it's not as hard as people think. Everyone should do it.

Eileen    Roanoke, VA

11/13/2008 11:30:22 AM

helpful facts

Eileen    Roanoke, VA

11/13/2008 11:26:35 AM

I adopdted a cat who is now 19 months old with paradontal diease. This article shed light on how to help her

Jenn    malden, MA

11/7/2008 7:18:19 AM

great info

Laura    Kewaskum, WI

10/26/2008 4:44:21 PM

Thank you for the helpful information. As a new "mom" to two adorable 5-month-old felines, I really want to know all I can about giving the best life I can to my little furry creatures.

Mary    Little Rock, AR

9/12/2008 6:54:22 PM

Great info!

Paige    Muskego, WI

8/22/2008 9:45:42 AM

cool article!

Laura    East Syracuse, NY

8/20/2008 10:36:03 AM

Great article!

lin    Van Nuys, CA

8/13/2008 7:48:15 PM

Thank you for the valuable information. My vet wants to pull all my cat's teeth and I am so worried about her eating dry food

Caroline    SSP, MN

8/8/2008 4:29:11 AM

Vets should encourage owners to start brushing teeth when the animal is still a kitten. Once they are adults, forget it!

KT    Asheville, NC

7/7/2008 2:03:58 AM

I use special kitty treats to clean my kitties teeth....I hope that is ok! It seems to work!

Linda    Mandeville, LA

6/16/2008 3:42:19 AM

Good article.

Caren    Kingston, ON

5/13/2008 2:07:36 PM

I had no idea that my two cats had dental problems...they are only 2 years old. If I hadn't missed their last checkup, they both would have been detected at an earlier stage. I will be paying much more attention to their care from now on. Neither cat showed any sign of having problems.

maria    la, CA

5/9/2008 7:08:45 PM

great info

janet metzger    long beach, NY

4/28/2008 5:04:10 PM

can dental disease if left untreated go into the bloodstream and cause death ? my cat had been on soft food only for the last 4 years with dental disease.

Danielle    Bartlesville, OK

4/3/2008 6:52:29 PM

Thanks 4 the tips!

ginger    chicago, IL

3/22/2008 12:56:17 PM

thanks for the info, i'm a little nervous to try brushing my cat, he loves to bite, but i'll have to give it a go!

Heather    Spfld, IL

2/21/2008 8:11:51 PM

Dental cleanings help more than just their teeth. It makes a difference in their blood work and lungs and just overall health too! Have your pets teeth cleaned yearly.

Natalia    Richmond hill, ON

2/20/2008 10:54:17 AM


chris    canada, ON

2/18/2008 6:29:04 AM

Good Advice!

Emily    Rohwer, AR

2/7/2008 9:54:16 AM

I had gotten a kitten that had yellow stained teeth. The reason for this coloring was because the people who had him before wasn't feeding him properly. So, when it was time for his shots (because he had a cold) I asked the vet. about his teeth. She said that these where only his baby teeth and that when his adult teeth came in they shoudlnt be that color. That is if I feed him properly...Well. his adult teeth came in and he's doing just fine

Ann    Lancaster, OH

2/5/2008 5:13:04 PM

I have had several cats that had to have teeth extracted. Mostly I could tell because they had bad breath and red gums. One recently started to yawn and cried out in pain and looked at me like I had hurt him. He has about 4 teeth left. Mine have never stopped eating the dry food and a couple are quite large. No problems have resulted in the tooth loss.

Sandra    Corydon, IN

2/3/2008 4:18:04 AM

Helpful! I'm getting my cat's teeth cleaned.

brad    ontario, ON

1/15/2008 4:52:00 AM

Good advice!

Dusty    Tulsa, OK

12/8/2007 1:55:42 PM

Wow, this puts me more at ease about getting my cat's teeth cleaned when they need it.

Richard    Miami, FL

10/25/2007 1:09:27 AM

NOTE: There is an error in one of your links to this article. There were two blurbs together. One was for this article, and the link does, in fact, go here. The other, however, is a blurb about the brushing procedure. The link for that also connects to this article. It would be very helpful if you could correct this problem. Thanks.

Richard    Miami, FL

10/25/2007 12:59:09 AM

Over the years, I have encountered serious feline dental problems only twice. Perhaps I have been lucky, considering that I have heretofore not taken action to actively head off such problems. Now that I am better informed, I may be able to avoid ever having another major problem. This article added to my recently acquired cat oral hygiene knowledge.

sandy    grand ledge, MI

10/8/2007 5:40:36 AM

my vet suggested 50mg vitamin c for my kitty that has dental desease. I take him into the vets office once a month so he can look at his gums.He had two shots of stroids so far. It last about a month each time. Any suggestions where i can find 50mg vitamin c in liquid.

Chelsie    Dover, NH

9/6/2007 2:56:54 PM

More people need to read articles like this. I think a lot of people get cats thinking they are extremely low maintanence and all they have to do is give them food every day. But they need just as much attention as a dog does. They need interactive play, nail clipping, brushing, teeth brushing etc. They are not just ornamental things.

Chelsie    Dover, NH

9/6/2007 2:51:53 PM

More people need to read articles like this. I think a lot of people get cats thinking they are extremely low maintanence and all they have to do is give them food every day. But they need just as much attention as a dog does. They need interactive play, nail clipping, brushing, teeth brushing etc. They are not just ornamental things.

Eva    Bloomfield, MO

8/8/2007 8:11:27 PM

I wish I had known this before this week. My cat just ahd a tooth pulled and a dental cleaning today. She is 15 years old and just got over an urinary tract infection. I felt so bad for her today, but I was not aware that she could have this problem.

Carol    westminster, CA

7/17/2007 1:54:21 PM

Looking for a vet in Orange County California who cleans cats'teeth without anesthesia.

Linda    Osceola, IA

6/28/2007 8:25:38 AM

I have a question regarding my two year old exotic shorthair. He has already had two or three bouts with bad teeth and gum problems. I feed him only dry cat food. I lost a cat a couple of years ago to teeth and gum problems, so I cannot understand what it is about my animals teeth that cause this infection.

Mykia    Columbus, OH

6/14/2007 7:11:10 PM

Thank you for this article. I appreciated how you pointed out that short acting anesthetic gases and high tech anesthesia monitoring allow vets to perform denistry on cats 20 years or older. My cat is 15 and I found 2 teeth on the carpet this morning.

bob    draston, NJ

6/13/2007 4:11:48 PM

tells me alot

Susan    High Point, NC

6/13/2007 5:00:53 AM

Good to KNow.

Chris    Vinton, VA

5/9/2007 4:31:26 AM


n    Santa Cruz, CA

2/28/2007 9:19:56 AM

Thank you, good article. I started brushing all 3 of my cats teeth this week, and I'm hoping it will prevent dental disease.

Nicola    Santa Cruz, CA

2/18/2007 12:17:05 PM

good article
Thank you

Christy    Reno, NV

1/7/2007 8:16:27 AM

I was dissappointed to find out the article was more about when to take your cat to the vet for expensive teeth cleaning. (our vet wanted $170 for anestesia and cleaning, $270 if we add blood work) However, our vet did suggest we get some pet toothpaste and brush to help prevent further build up. We found this quite reasonable at a large retail chain store.($3). Perhaps the vets prices are not too bad. We have been blessed with pets that do not require too much medical attention.

Liz    Landenberg, PA

12/23/2006 6:40:04 AM

This doesn't look like an article on the how-to's of brushing your cat's teeth. Very disappointing.

Sean    Chelmsford, MA

12/1/2006 12:07:50 PM

Yes, Hello i was wondering what i should do? My cats oral health isn't so great he bleeds, drools and has HORRIBLE breath so i want to know from the cat experts at if i should take my cat lucky to the vet or if i can treat this problem at home?


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