Cat Food Myths: Does Canned Food Cause Dental Disease?
by Ian Germann
A crucial aspect of every cat’s well-being is their dental health. Just like humans, cats can suffer from dental diseases such as periodontal issues, tooth decay and gingivitis. With the rise in popularity of canned cat food, a common myth has emerged that feeding cats a diet primarily consisting of canned food leads to dental disease. In this article, we’ll explore this myth thoroughly and shed light on the truth behind it.
Canned cat food has become a very popular choice among pet owners due to their convenience, palatability and the superior hydration than kibble. For example, Evanger’s Hand Packed Whole Sardines for Cats comes in easy-to-serve 5 oz cans filled with whole sardines and delectable gravy, with a moisture content of up to 82%!
However, some concerns have been raised regarding its impact on feline dental health. The argument against canned food suggests that the soft texture does not provide sufficient abrasion to clean the teeth and gums, leading to a higher risk of dental disease. But is there any truth to this claim?
Contrary to the myth, the notion that canned cat food causes dental disease is largely unfounded. Multiple studies and veterinary experts have debunked this claim and found no direct correlation between feeding cats canned food and dental issues. In fact, dental disease in cats is primarily caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar, which is influenced more by genetics, age and overall oral hygiene.
Compared to kibble, eating canned food is actually better for their dental health as cat’s teeth aren’t designed to crunch and munch. Their sharp, pointed teeth are meant for puncturing meat and crunching small bones, which canned cat food often consists of, leading to less plaque and tarter buildup when compared to dry food.
That being said, it’s essential to take proactive measures to promote good oral hygiene in your feline companion, regardless of their diet. Regular brushing of your cat’s teeth, providing dental treats or toys, and scheduling routine dental check-ups with your veterinarian are all crucial steps in maintaining their dental health.
For cats suffering from common health issues, try Evanger’s EVX line of wet cat food. With options for diet management, low magnesium, low phosphorus and joint health, these meaty meals are super palatable with locally sourced ingredients for superior nutrition.
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