I Have An Elderly Cat With Bad Teeth. Do You Have Any Suggestions For What Food I Can Feed It With?


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Darian Wilbert Profile
Darian Wilbert answered
What food can I give an old cat with bad teeth?
Get the healthiest wet food you can get. It may be a little costly, but what's more important? I think that's your animals health, and if he/she is alive or not. So get healthy wet food.

You will want to purchase the healthiest food because a lot of wet food has some "unhealthy" ingredients. So getting the cheap stuff would be bad for his tummy, and may be worse because the cat is elderly.

  • Bad teeth is a common complaint in elderly cats and there is almost no way of completely preventing it, as most old cats will experience teeth problems sometime in their life times.
  • It has been suggested that feeding cats more hard food when they are young adults could have benefits for their longer-term dental health. It is thought that hard food doesn't let plaque build up on the teeth as wet foods do.
  • However, if your cat already has bad teeth - as is the case here - then feeding it hard food is not a good idea.
The best food to give your cat would be high-quality soft and wet food.
Rath Keale Profile
Rath Keale answered

Get those bad teeth yanked under general anesthesia and then feed it canned cat food food mixed well with warm water. 

KB Baldwin Profile
KB Baldwin answered

Excellent advice - I had one cat who got an infection in a bad tooth and by the time we realized it antibiotics weren't enough to save him.  Cats are REALLY good at hiding injury or illness.

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