Healthy Teeth without Brushing
Providing your cat with meaty bones, such as chicken necks provides mental stimulation, exercises and strengthens their jaw, and cleans plaque and tartar from their teeth.
Bones can help maintain your pet’s teeth and gums. The chewing motion also helps to gently massage your pet’s gums much like a human’s toothbrush!
Chewing on bones is a behavior that we most often associate with dogs, but did you know that bones are great for cats too?! Just like with dogs, chewing on bones can provide significant benefits for cats, including keeping them busy and cleaning their teeth at the same time.
The True Nature of Cats
When you consider a cat’s true hunting nature and then picture the food that we provide to them (mushy, soft food), you can see how a meaty bone is much more likely to satisfy their natural chewing instinct.
Their jaws are strong with sharp teeth meant to rip into flesh and crush bone and their rough tongue can help lick bones clean.
Meaty Bones and the Fight Against Plaque
Meaty bones also help clean plaque and tartar from your cat’s teeth, which helps prevent periodontal disease, gingivitis, and other dental problems.
While your pet is chewing on a bone, they are removing the cartilage and marrow which can help scrape and remove existing plaque off of their teeth.
Remember that the first line of defense in protecting your cat from developing dental issues is to provide them with a healthy diet that consists of little to none of the carbohydrates that are predominantly found in dry food (kibble). Plaque is a bacteria that feeds off of sugar, and since sugar is a type of carbohydrate, it’s safe to reason that kibble is worse for your cat’s teeth, as well as other aspects of her health.