CAT calls for cleaner teeth


Brushing your cat’s teeth may be akin to giving kitty a bath, or trying to dress him up for a photo shoot — not usually a warm and cuddly experience.  While perhaps not a pleasant task, a recent campaign by Cat Adoption Team stresses the importance of keeping our pets’ pearly whites healthy.  “Pet owners don’t realize the importance of dental health, says Dr. Melinda Barkley, CAT Medical Director.  “Every week, just over 10 percent of cats surrendered to our shelter have some sort of dental issue.”  In fact, the American Veterinary Medical Association reports that 85 percent of pets have some sort of periodontal disease by age four.  Like humans, tooth disease can lead to major health concerns, including diabetes, heart attacks and stroke.  Learn more about keeping your pets’ choppers clean and healthy at