Yes, I know I should brush my cats' teeth and take them in for regular dental care. In reality, two of them might tolerate teeth cleaning, but one would turn into a Tasmanian devil if I ever tried to put a brush in his mouth, while the youngster of the family would tolerate it for a minute or two before his ADD would kick in.
EvoraPet Probiotic Oral Care for Cats & Dogs simplifies feline and canine dental care by letting you use a supplement rather than manual care. The product comes in a powder touted as odorless and tasteless. I recently tried it out on three of my felines and found that it did make a difference.
Will Finicky Pets Eat It?
EvoraPet Probiotic Oral Care for Cats & Dogs comes in a 30 or 60 day supply. You simply add a spoonful of the powder to your pet's food, and voila! The beneficial probiotics go to work.
That sounds simple in theory, but would my fussy, pampered indoor cats detect something different about their dinner and reject it? The first night, I added the powder with some trepidation and blended it into their nightly canned food feast. I put down the bowls, stepped back to watch...and they ate it! They plowed into their dinner without the slightest hesitation. The tasteless/odorless claims must be true, based on their reaction (or lack of one).
Brighter Teeth, Fresher Breath
EvoraPet Probiotic Oral Care for Cats & Dogs promises to whiten your dog or cat's teeth and freshen the animal's breath. Out of my three test kitties, one is a two-year-old with okay teeth but the world's worst breath, which has plagued him ever since he was a kitten; one is a midlife cat with not-too-bad teeth and breath; and one is a cranky geriatric feline with lots of plaque build-up.
All three cats received an equal dose of probiotics. You're supposed to see results within a week, but I didn't do my evaluation until the jar was completely empty. My feline trio willingly ate their treated food every night. The only time they didn't get their dose was on days when they didn't like the canned food selection, which happens every now and then.
Not surprisingly, Farquaad, the cat who started out without too many problems, showed the least effect from the probiotics. SheiKra, AKA Mr. Swamp Breath, definitely had brighter teeth. That surprised me, since his teeth hadn't really seemed too discolored to begin with. But despite his whiter smile, he still had yucky breath. I suspect that it's from his gut, not mouth bacteria, since he was very unhealthy when we got him, including terrible stomach problems.
Last but not least, our geriatric cat actually showed noticeable improvement in his long-neglected teeth. He's a former feral, so we avoid bringing him to the vet whenever possible, or even handling him too much. EvoraPet is particularly good for cats like him. If you can't do much manually with your pet's teeth, this gives you a hands-off way to improve his dental health.
One-Time or Ongoing Orders
EvoraPet Probiotic Oral Care for Cats & Dogs is available online in a 30 or 60 day supply, or you can enter an auto-ship program if you want to make it part of your pet's ongoing dental care routine. The 30 day jar is around $15 if you want to try it out.
I'm not sure what was behind the differing results with my three cats, although I imagine that probiotics interact differently with the bacteria in individual pets' bodies. The levels of improvement varied, but I did see a difference in all three cats. Probiotics are among the recommended supplements for cats and dogs, and while you might normally think of them for digestion, they do seem to benefit teeth, too.
My only disappointment was that I couldn't try it on my fourth feline, Stitch. For some reason, he won't touch a bite of canned cat food. He subsists solely on dry food, and grazes throughout the day from the same bowl as the other cats, so I couldn't find a way to get a regular dose into him. Be aware that you might have the same issue if you have a dedicated dry-food-eating cat or dog of your own.