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There’s only one thing that can spoil cuddle time with your cat: BAD BREATH. The concern over cat bad breath goes way beyond the smell: it’s often the first sign of periodontal disease (advanced gum disease).
Known as “the silent killer of pets,” periodontal disease is a serious and painful oral health affliction that 70% of cats have by the age of 3.
Providing your cat with daily oral care is the key to fresh cat breath and healthy teeth and gums.
Before you start to panic at the idea of brushing your cat’s teeth, fear not. There IS an easier way to give your cat daily dental care … no toothbrush required!
First, let’s talk about what’s normal for cat breath. A mild fishy scent is, in fact, normal. Anything beyond that should raise red flags.
The biggest culprit behind bad cat breath is bacteria buildup in the mouth.
It starts with plaque. That’s the clear, sticky film that forms on your cat’s teeth after every meal.
When the plaque builds up without removal through daily oral care, it eventually turns into rock-hard tartar. This is when serious gum disease rears its ugly head.
Note: tartar is such a hard substance that it can only be removed through professional cleanings (expensive). That’s why it’s so important to stop plaque buildup in the first place!
Plaque and tartar are packed with stinky bacteria known as Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSCs). Those odorous molecules are what give your cat less-than-purrfect breath.
Periodontal disease is an inflammation of a tooth’s deep supporting structures, and it’s one of the most common conditions in cats.
If a plaque problem is left to fester, rock-hard tartar will form.
When the tartar makes its way under the gum line, it causes the teeth to separate from the gums. This leads to inflammation, infection and eventual tooth loss. Periodontal disease is not reversible.
As you can imagine, periodontal disease is extremely painful. Unfortunately, your cat doesn’t have a secret diary where you can read all about it. Cats have the natural instinct to hide their pain.
Prevention is your best measure. By taking care of your cat’s oral health each day, periodontal disease can be avoided.
#1. Feed a High-Quality Food
Cats are natural carnivores, and foods filled with grains don’t do much for their health … including their dental health. Carbs tend to stick to their teeth after coming in contact with saliva, encouraging plaque formation.
Myth buster: it’s sometimes touted that dry kibble can scrape plaque off of cats’ teeth. However, cats normally just swallow these pellets whole. And if they do chew on them, there’s not enough chewing action to make any difference in their dental health.
#2. Raw Bones
If you can give your cat a raw bone without it getting all over the carpet, this is a great option for removing plaque. Raw chicken necks are a good size for cats to chew on. Important: never give cooked bones to your cat, as they can splinter and become lodged in the intestines.
#3: Yearly Dental Checkup
Once a year, have the vet looks at your cat’s mouth. Keeping regular dental exams for your cat can help you catch any problems early, saving you money and heartache down the road.
#4: Treat Your Cat’s Bad Breath to Oxyfresh
An adult cat has 30 teeth … your cat wants to keep all 30 of his!
The best way to ensure that your cat’s mouth is healthy and happy is through daily oral care.
But we get it, you’re busy … and your cat may not take too kindly to tooth brushing.
That’s why Oxyfresh formulated products that give you all the benefits of tooth brushing with none of the hassle: Oxyfresh Pet Oral Hygiene Solution and Oxyfresh Pet Gel.
For over 30 years, Oxyfresh has been the go-to source for premium pet care products.
Our proven dental care products are vet-recommended, USA-made, safe, effective and non-toxic.
We’re cat lovers too, and we want only the best for our four-legged fur babies!
Oxyfresh Pet Oral Hygiene Solution
This is daily home dental care for cats made easy. No toothbrush required! Simply add 1 capful of Pet Oral Hygiene Solution into your cat’s water bowl each day. This non-toxic, vet-recommended formula will quickly neutralize bad cat breath, stop plaque buildup and promote healthy gums. Plus, it’s tasteless and odorless so you can outsmart your finicky feline. More information...
Oxyfresh Pet Gel
Rub Pet Gel directly on the gum line to strengthen your cat’s gums and neutralize harmful bacteria that can cause inflammation and bad breath. This gel is tasteless, odorless and non-toxic. (Braving the world of tooth brushing? Oxyfresh Pet Gel is the perfect toothpaste too!) More information...
Our cat bad breath products work like magic to get rid of pesky odors and plaque.
It may seem like magic, but it’s really just great science.
Oxygene® is our exclusive ingredient that’s safe, effective and non-toxic for all members of your family … fur or no fur. You won’t find it anywhere else!
Oxygene® neutralizes Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSCs) on contact … the rotten-smelling bacterial by-products responsible for bad breath. More information...
When Oxygene® comes in contact with VSCs (odor-causing) molecules, it oxidizes them and converts them into sulfite ions (odor-free).
At the same time, Oxygene® helps prevent plaque buildup, so your cat can fight gum disease and have a healthier mouth.
Get close to your cat again.
Partner with Oxyfresh for your cat’s oral hygiene needs, and give your cat the gift of a healthy mouth and fresh breath … no toothbrush required!
Oxyfresh has complete confidence in the excellence of its products.
That’s why we offer a 100% money-back guarantee (minus the cost of shipping) within 30 days of purchase if you’re not happy.