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Since getting mew newest addition(a 6 y/o ragdoll) it is clear that she has had little to no dental care in her life. Her teeth are really yellow. My other two cats are 10 and 11 months and since I got them I introduced a dental spray that I use to spray on their teeth daily.

I tried doing this with the newest cat but it was a no go.. more spray got on my arm than in her mouth. Another thing is they stopped making the dental spray I use. I tried putting dental additives to the water but she won't touch the water... in fact she makes herself so thirsty she started to jump on the sink to try and drink from the tap/jump in toilet, etc. Obviously I stopped adding the stuff to her water. Brushing her teeth is a no go... my other cats would not go for it either and anytime you try and open any of their mouths, I end up getting bit. It's not something I could do to three cats on a daily basis.

I feed them greenies often but I don't think it's enough. I don't feed them raw and I have tried meat with bones... they will peel the meat(if they even eat it) and not touch the bone. I'm running out of ideas. I really want to start with a dental routine with them so I can avoid such expenses like dental extractions, etc.
 

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Oh, I feel your pain!! When I adopted Mimi in August 2011 (she's estimated to be around 13 yrs old), her teeth were a mess. We ended up at a veterinary dental specialist and to date she has had 9 teeth pulled due to both resorption and decay. The resorption - well, we can't do anything about that - no amount of brushing or dental care will help that. But the vet showed me how to get Mimi used to the tooth brushing process. 4 months later and it is a NO GO ... she will not let me brush her teeth. Then I tried the C.E.T. chews - NOPE. Then this other gel that I can just rub on her teeth quick quick - NOPE NOPE... I never tried the water additive because she doesn't really drink water (she's a canned food-only girl) so I've resigned myself to the fact that she will eventually be toothless at the rate she is going ... I do give her dehydrated chicken treats which helps because she needs to chew them and the texture of them is somewhat like the C.E.T. chews ... It's the best I can do ... but given the fact that I have to put ear drops in her ears once a week and it's TORTURE for her, I'm not going to force this issue ... Good luck with trying other avenues.
 

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I give all mine ear drops once a week to(trying to take preventative measures now to reduce health probs in future) and my cats too think it's torture. The one screams like I am killing her. Oh boy. lol. That's why I don't want to force teeth brushing, because it will just result in them hiding all day and my all scratched up. lol. Thanks for the reply though. :)
 

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I give all mine ear drops once a week to(trying to take preventative measures now to reduce health probs in future) and my cats too think it's torture. The one screams like I am killing her. Oh boy. lol. That's why I don't want to force teeth brushing, because it will just result in them hiding all day and my all scratched up. lol. Thanks for the reply though. :)
I have to ask, why on earth would you put "preventative" drops in a cat's ears? What, exactly, are you trying to prevent? I, personally, would NEVER put anything into a cat's ears that wasn't absolutely necessary to treat an active ear ailment. I've read too many reports of cats suffering serious complications from routine ear cleanings to ever indulge in such unnecessary procedures.

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