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New Study Shows Link Between Dental & Kidney Disease In Cats

New research shows a link between dental and kidney disease in cats.

If you’ve been putting off that dental your cat needs, maybe you should drop everything and call the veterinary dentist right now. A new study confirms what vets have suspected for a long time: There’s a link between dental and chronic kidney disease in cats.

The study, reported by the Winn Feline Foundation, looked at 56,414 cats who had periodontal disease when their vet clinics enrolled them in the study. Researchers followed them for 11 years.

Which Cats Are Most At Risk Of Kidney Disease?

In addition to the link between dental and kidney disease in cats, the researchers found older, spayed/neutered, female purebred cats were most likely to develop chronic kidney disease.

Other risk factors included more dental cleanings than cats in a control group, recent anesthesia and  FVRCP  vaccinations.

And it’s not just the link between dental and kidney disease that causes concern. Cats with dental disease are more prone to heart disease, cystitis, diabetes, hypertension, hyperthyroidism and other health issues.

“The authors conclude that breed, age and severity of dental disease are all risk factors for the development of chronic kidney disease in domestic cats,” Wynn writes. “Purebreds are likely at increased risk compared to mixed breed cats, likely due to genetic influences.”

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What To Do About The Link Between Dental And Kidney Disease In Cats

If nothing else, the study provides some talking points for you to bring up next time you see your vet. A couple of easy answers are to refuse those FVRCP  vaccinations, because your cats don’t need them anyway. And care for your cats’ teeth as carefully as you care for your own.
Brush you cats’ teeth regularly. See if they’ll eat dental treats and chews. And try to eliminate or cut way back on dry food. Cats don’t actually chew dry food. They either swallow it whole or manage to splinter it with their teeth. When it splinters, it manages to work its way under the gums, causing dental disease.
Raw meat is another way to keep your cats’ teeth clean. Mine love big chunks of raw beef. They tear and shred them and eat the way cats’ are designed to eat.
Here’s a good video on brushing your cats’ teeth.
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Dental Treats For Cats Take A Bite Out Of Vets’ Pocketbooks

Dental treats for cats and other forms of home care seem to be replacing dental care by veterinarians.

Here’s something to chew on: Dental treats for cats are taking a bite out of vets’ pocketbooks as more and more people opt for home dental care for their cats instead of expensive dentistry at the vet’s office.

Just eight percent of the people who responded to the 2017-2018 American Pet Products Association’s National Pet Owners Survey said their cats saw a veterinarian for dental care in the past year. Meanwhile, Packaged Facts found that dental treats for cats and dogs account for 25 percent of all treat sales. Dental chews also took a sizable bite out of vets’ pocketbooks.

But Do Dental Treats For Cats Clean Their Teeth?

Theoretically, cats sink their teeth into the porous surface of dental treats, and the abrasive action scrapes off tartar and plaque. But veterinary dentist Mary Buelow says while this may clean the cusp areas of the teeth, dental treats for cats are less effective at the gum line, where periodontal disease is most likely to occur.

Still, she says, they can “play a part in oral health maintenance.” And in its State of Pet Health 2016 Report. Banfield Pet Hospitals says cat dental treats and chews can help prevent tartar buildup.

Buelow recommends C.E.T. Oral Hygiene treats for cats because they provide antibacterial effects in the cat’s mouth. Other veterinarians suggest treats accepted by the Veterinary Oral Health Council. Those include the ubiquitous Greenies, Purina Pro Plan Dental Crunch Cat Snacks and Purina DentaLife Daily Oral Care Cat Treats.

Brush We Must

Other ways to keep your cats’ teeth clean include giving them pieces of raw meat to gnaw on and freeze-dried raw meat chunks. The ground bones and enzymes in raw food help keep the teeth clean.
But veterinarians agree nothing beats brushing your cat’s teeth. Do it daily if you can, or at least once a week. And if your cat will absolutely not accept a toothbrush, try using dental wipes instead.
How do you brush a cat’s teeth? Take a look at this video.