How often do cats need teeth cleaning?
December 27, 2007 10:03 PM Subscribe
Do our mostly-indoors, otherwise healthy cats really need to have their teeth cleaned at the vet's once a year?
posted by Asparagirl to Pets & Animals (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
At our recent vet trip, he checked our cats' gums and felt that we should have their teeth cleaned, even though it's been no more than a year since their last cleaning.
-They get wet food once a day, but eat dry food otherwise.
-They're unrelated genetically, but the vet says that they both seem prone to plaque and gum irritation.
- They're six and five years old.
-They seem to have no trouble eating, particularly the male, who eats like a wolf.
I can't help but feel like the vet is playing the role of auto mechanic and pushing the teeth cleaning with scare stories of "they could have pockets that would be really bad if we wait another year". He showed me some redness in their gums, but since I don't look there every day, I have no idea if it's normal or not.
Of course, the reason I'm hesitant to just go ahead with it is that it's frighteningly expensive and the cats get totally zonked out of their minds on tranquilizers. Also, my family had an older dog die from the anesthesia during a cleaning, so I'm perhaps irrationally soured on the whole thing.
So, in your varied experiences with cats, is this yearly cleaning really necessary, or are we being pressured for profit?