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I have had to have three of my cats teeth cleaned - the other three cats have never needed it. I asked my vet why (since they all eat the same, have the same lifestyle, etc.) and she said it varies among cats just llike people - some cats have "groovy" teeth (as is lots of grooves, not cool ,awesome or far out) that catches particles and plaque forms, etc. Some cat's teeth are smoother and don't.

She suggested that I try to brush their teeth a home, but as I'm not actively suicidal, I don't. She also suggested that I rinse out their mouths after they eat. I feed ad lib, so I don't catch them everytime - I only do it at noght, before bed. They seem to think I'm playing "Kill the hand" or some variatioin thereof with them, and don't mind having their mouths rinsed at all. I may ty brushing without the paste - maybe they'll think that's a game, too.

Anyway, when a cat does need it, she needs it. Just like people, teeth can decay, rot, fall out, cause pain, infection, disease, and make it imposible for the cat to eat. If there's a vet school near you, you might find high quality service at a lower price there.

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