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I took Krystal to the vet a few weeks ago because she had a bad case of vomiting up some canned food. The vet also checked her teeth, and I was startled to see that Krystal had such bad plaque. I feel really guilty that I haven't been checking her teeth regularly.

I have decided to switch to raw food because I feel it's a more natural diet for her, but she is having a very hard time keeping it down. I haven't started with bones or anything like that, since she is vomiting even small amounts of raw chicken thighs. Right now, she is having Natural Balance Venison mixed with ground rabbit, and small amounts of raw chicken (10-20 grams/day).

My question is: Has anyone noticed a difference in their cat's plaque after switching from canned to raw? Will the difference be even more noticeable after I start giving her bones?

I searched the forums but I couldn't find an answer.
 

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I noticed a big difference when I started them on chicken wing tips,.to strengthen their jaws. neck bones will also work for dental. Maybe you could count this toward their bone in and add it as a snack/treat as you transition. there are others here been doing raw longer that can help more though.
 

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I noticed a big difference when I started them on chicken wing tips,.to strengthen their jaws.
Thanks for the suggestion! I have thought about adding bone during the transition, but I wasn't sure if it was too soon. I think I'll try the wing tip. So that's the very last joint on the wing, right? The kind of triangle-looking joint?
 

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I haven't got my kittens on raw yet but my dogs have been for 4 years and our vet asked me once why my dogs teeth are so clean lol. They have never had teeth cleaning and 2 of them are over 7
 

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I haven't got my kittens on raw yet but my dogs have been for 4 years and our vet asked me once why my dogs teeth are so clean lol. They have never had teeth cleaning and 2 of them are over 7
same took my 3 year old dog in and my vet commented about the clean teeth.. and also commented on how nice my cats teeth are, he is 18 and not even a bit of swelling or redness to the gums and has all his teeth. she hasn't looked at the rest of their teeth yet, but bet we get the same result.

and I got the added benifit that I don't have to use a toothbrush on them :D
 

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I don't know if a ground premade like Nature's Variety will help. I have my cats on Primal (another premade) and they have good teeth, but they're so young that it may just be too early for plaque buildup. The premades do have bone in them, but since it's ground, I'm not sure if it does much for their teeth (but of course you still get the other health benefits of raw even with a premade).

Adding meaty bones like chicken wings is reportedly pretty effective though, as Botany said. I try to give those to my cats now and then to help keep their teeth clean. I keep meaning to start giving them those more often.
 

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Thanks for all the replies! I'm happy to hear that most of you have had success in getting/keeping the plaque away with the raw diet. I'm definitely going to keep it up. I'm actually going to get a mini steam-cleaner today to clean up the vomit stains...:?

and I got the added benifit that I don't have to use a toothbrush on them :D
Haha, that is a huge benefit! I have tried to brush Krystal's teeth before, and...wow. She really despises it, the poor dear.

I don't know if a ground premade like Nature's Variety will help. I have my cats on Primal (another premade) and they have good teeth, but they're so young that it may just be too early for plaque buildup. The premades do have bone in them, but since it's ground, I'm not sure if it does much for their teeth (but of course you still get the other health benefits of raw even with a premade).
I'm thinking the pre-mades will give some benefit for plaque. A vet told me that most canned foods (at least the grocery store brands) have quite a bit of sugar in them, especially the "slices in gravy" types. But I do think chewing and gnawing on bones will be the most helpful!

I've tried both Nature's Variety and Primal for Krystal, and she just vomits it back up. I wish those were an option for her! So much easier.

Furryfriends: those pictures are awesome!! Such a huge difference. I love that you have photo-documented the before and after, lol! :smile:
 

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I found for my kitties that good quality dry food was good for keeping plaque down on their teeth. Very rarely would they get any bones- usually a chicken wing but very rarely. Maybe I was lucky with them...

Oh, and a wide variety of food- canned, raw and cooked. Veggies too and rice.
 

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I found for my kitties that good quality dry food was good for keeping plaque down on their teeth. Very rarely would they get any bones- usually a chicken wing but very rarely. Maybe I was lucky with them...

Oh, and a wide variety of food- canned, raw and cooked. Veggies too and rice.
Ripley, studies have shown that the only diet that improves feline dental health is one that includes cutting, scissoring, slicing, tearing and chomping through raw meats and bones.

Kibble is actively detrimental to dental health. It also causes a host of other issues (see the "Info. & Links on why canned is better than all dry diet" thread or the Feline-Nutrition Education Society's website).

Cooked foods do nothing for dental health - or overall nutrition for that matter - and shouldn't be fed except as snacks (maybe), and, goodness!, veggies and rice do NOT belong in an obligate carnivore's diet, that's why so many folks are switching to raw from commercial to begin with.

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I don't think the premades are going to do much for dental health. Chicken gizzards are good, healthy chewies. Bones are even better. My kitten can handle wings and backs now.
 

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I have some frozen jumbo quail, pinky mice, and turkey gizzards in the freezer for Krystal. I'm just slowly trying new proteins to see what she can/can't stomach.

I also bought some pre- and probiotics to see if that helps the vomiting. I really want to get her on a 100% raw diet eventually!

Thanks, guys!
 
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