How can you heal gingivitis in cats?

Some of my cats have mild gingivitis and I want to fix it now before it gets worse. I’ve tried brushing their teeth but I find it very hard to do. Is there anything I can add to their food? I’m not sure why they have it as they eat biscuits every day which I always thought prevented this illness. Thank you
I have been to my vet and he told me it’s very hard to treat. I was just looking for any home remedies or relief for my cats from other people with the same problem

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11 Responses to “ How can you heal gingivitis in cats? ”

  1. Justin Case on September 20, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    My dad’s cure for any problem concerning cats was to place a small piece of lead in their ear.

  2. old cat lady on September 21, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Most of my cats get a dental cleaning once a year, some every two years. I know of no “remedy” for this condition and I feel the teeth have to have the cleanings to prevent bacteria from going into the cat’s system and damaging kidneys.

    Go to: http://www.littlebigcat.com and read Dr. Jean Hovfe’s article titled “Does Dry Food Clean the Teeth” to dispell the myth that dry food makes for healthy choppers.

  3. norman7774 on September 21, 2010 at 5:15 am

    You can prevent inflammatory dental disease and tooth extraction in cats. Start by adding fresh pureed or finely chopped vegetables to your cat’s diet. Good choices include asparagus, avocado, carrot, cilantro, broccoli, dill, spinach, wheat grass, yam and zucchini. A simple home diet for cats consists of 50% chopped meat, fish, poultry, dairy, nuts, seeds or legumes and 50% vegetables. Add 1/2 teaspoon raw oil daily (olive, safflower, sunflower, walnut, sesame, primrose, fish oil, etc.), and 1/2 teaspoon oat bran, wheat bran, psyllium, flax seed, sesame seed, etc. for fiber. The teeth can be cleaned by offering a fresh or frozen chicken wing or chicken neck. The keys to a good home diet are to use fresh, whole ingredients in wide variety. Vegetables and fruits provide bioflavanoids, vitamin C, manganese, zinc, boron, and organic silica to keep collagen, teeth, bone and connective tissues healthy.

  4. leftygirl_75 on September 21, 2010 at 8:25 am

    keep up with dentals at your vet office and ask your vet for products you can put in the water. Ora fresh is one product you can get from your vet that helps cut down on plaque AFTER you have your cats’ teeth cleaned at your vets office

  5. secondwish02 on September 21, 2010 at 8:29 am

    The Importance of Dental Care for Your Cat
    Although cat owners may have sharp eyes at spotting symptoms of illness in our furry friends, many of us have taken a more casual approach to dental health. It is not surprising, therefore, to learn that 85% of adult pets have periodontal disease, and that dental disease is the largest single cause of health problems in cats.

    Forms and Causes of Dental Disease

    * Peridontal Disease
    Caused when a buildup of plaque calcifies, forming tartar, which pushes food debris and bacteria under the gum line, infecting the gum and bone structure that support the teeth. Inflamed gums, swelling, bleeding gums or bad breath are among the symptoms. As in humans, peridontal disease is the most common dental diseases in cats. Treatment for this disease includes antibiotics, dental cleaning, and extraction for advanced cases.
    * Feline Stomatitis
    Stomatitis, also known as Lymphocytic Plasmacytic Stomatitis (LPS) is a serious and frequently misunderstood condition. It is thought to be an autoimmune disease (the body becomes allergic to plaque around the teeth), and is often found in cats with other autoimmune conditions, such as FIV and FeLV. Although not gingivitis, it is often found alongside gingivitis. Feline Stomatitis involves inflammation of the mouth which may extend into the throat or pharynx, causing angry, red lesions described as “cobblestone” in appearance. Cats with stomatitis suffer a great deal of pain, often affecting their eating habits. You may even see an affected cat pawing at its mouth.
    * Feline Odontoclastic Oral Resorption Lesions (FORL)
    These painful lesions start as shallow pits that occur in the enamel and dentine of a tooth. Plaque accumulates, and the tissue surrounding the affected tooth becomes inflamed. If the condition worsens, the pit may extend into the tooth pulp, essentially killing the tooth. FORL are diagnosed through oral examination and oral radiographs. Extraction is usually the treatment of choice.
    * Malocclusion
    Malocclusion is usually visually evident, and can cause difficulty in eating, along with subsequent weight loss. Veterinary medicine has come so far that now there are veterinary dentists who specialize in orthodontics.

    One final note: Although evidence of pain in eating may be a symptom of feline dental disease, it is usually one of the last symptoms. Don’t wait until these symptoms present, to save your kitty’s teeth.

    As an added note, my Grandma had a neutered tom cat with bleeding gums, and the vet advised her to feed him fresh liver, saying he had a B vitamin deficiency common in neutered tom cats. You can give it a try, but the vet is probably the best bet!

  6. jean grey on September 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    ask your vet.

  7. tribal_trance2003 on September 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    try calcium powder in the food or milk

  8. blackbolt on September 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    The vet will clean your cats teeth for a small fee. He will also pull any that are rotten and provide medicine. I had this problem with my dog and the vet did a great job.

  9. sara on September 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Your best bet is to brush the kitty’s teeth. Be sure to use toothpast that is specifically made for cats. Also there are “kitty toothbrushes” you can find those at most pet stores. You may also try a cat food formulated for tooth health. Ask your vet what food would be best for your cats.

  10. kissesfromkalin2 on September 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Royal Canin has a dental food out for cats that works great for cleaning teeth and stimulating gums. It’s called “Feline Dental D/D”. You can find it at some veterinarians (some will even order it for you), but I’m not sure about pet stores like Petsmart or Petco. I feed each of my cats (5 total) one handful a day (mixed in w/ their regular hard food) and it has been working wonders with my cats. They have been on it for about 3 months now and their teeth are noticably cleaner than before, their breath is also better thank goodness. You should still probably try to continue brushing their teeth as well. It will help stimulate the gums even better than the food.

    Good luck!!!

  11. xinnybuxlrie on September 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Go to a veternarian. Is that so hard?

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