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      24.09.2013 10:38
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      Good value at £1 a tub, with benefits for the cats

      I love to give my two cats treats at bedtime, as soon as the tv or the laptop goes off they are up in a flash, or if they're outside and see the kitchen light go on they're in in a flash, recognising it's treat time. It's a lovely time for us all together before going our separate ways for the night!

      Usually I buy Dreamies or Whiskas treats, whichever are on offer for £1 at the supermarket. As purchaser/server/slave, my preference is for Whiskas, because they come in a plastic box with a lid which is easy to use and to serve from, rather than the resealable packs that Dreamies come in which can sometimes seem fiddly with two frantic cats in close proximity on the treat-rampage.

      The last time Whiskas treats were on offer at Asda, I noticed the different claims on some of the treats - some good for teeth, some healthy coat, or others reduce furballs - and bought one of each. The first tub we tried was these Dentabits.

      The packs are plastic tubs in the Whiskas trademark purple colour and shaped like a cat's head. The tubs are initially sealed with a foil seal bearing the "Dentabits" name and Whiskas Logo, which is peeled off and disposed off once open. The pack is then kept fresh by means of a snug-fitting plastic lid. The pack contains 50g, but as the treats are slightly bigger than the pockets, you presumably get numerically less in the tub. That said, these did last around a week for us, which is about par for the course.

      First of all, the reaction to the treats was the same as any treats - the girls went crazy for them. From my point of view, there is no unpleasant pungent smell to these treats, only faintly meaty to me, but obviously positively heavenly for them.

      The idea behind these particular treats is that they are shaped to give the cats' teeth a clean whilst they are enjoying their treats. This is achieved by the texture and shape of them - they certainly sound a lot more crunchy than the usual "pockets" style, and they have a criss-cross shape to them with a ridged surface. Each treat is still quite small - approx 1.5 x 1cm, but the extra edges and irregular shape do encourage the cats to crunch on them, giving their teeth a workout, and by the sounds of it a scrape, as opposed to the pockets, which sometimes would go down without so much as a hint of brush of a tooth! The girls have to work to eat these rather than just swallow them whole!

      The serving advice is the less than other treats, recommending 8 a day as opposed to the others which are up to 15 a day. Fortunately for my girls, I didn't read that until I came to write this review so I was giving them a few too many as I do love to give them their treats and love to see them enjoying them so much.

      It is easy to understand the claimed benefits of these Dentabits, you can hear the cats' teeth getting a good workout, and at no extra cost, these are definitely preferable treats to buy, even though you (and they) get a few less for your £1.

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      11.07.2013 22:31
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      Cat found them incredibly tasty but difficult to see an oral care benefit.

      I'm going to type this review in a whisper in case the cat is listening. I fear that if she catches on to what I"m writing about she will bully me in to giving five stars and frankly, after the Dentabits episode, I just can't do that. She may also suss out where I hid the last pack and I'm just not strong enough to withstand the furry menace. The looks, the swipes, the stalking - it's just too much.

      So, what are Dentabits? They are a cat snack designed to clean your puss's teeth. They are about half a cm long, hard and have indents on them that you might imagine scraping away the plaque. They come in a particularly cute box shaped like the Whiskas cat face. The lid, also cat shaped, is transparent and seals the pack to keep the content fresh. On a slight tangent - I've also used this as a handy cookie cutter! I digress....

      A so called friend told me about this product. Her cat had plaque and her vet had recommended these snacks. That a cat can get plaque had never occurred to me, but now I was aware of it, a purchase of Dentabits (soon to be known as 'Denties') was made. They were no problem to track down. Most supermarkets have them and they retail for around £1.25. A suggested portion size is seven Denties and, if I recall, the 50gm pack would last a couple of weeks.

      My cat is a rescue neutered female. She has lived wild for at least two periods in her life and she has some eating issues. She is not capable of regulating her own feeding so food (hers or ours) is never left out. Our night time routine involves calling her in to the kitchen where her basket is, at about 10.30, and leaving her there for the night. In a mad act of anthropomorphism I figured that as I clean my teeth before bed, this would be a great time to feed the Denties. And boy did she love them. She recognised the sound of the biscuits in the pack and could detect the top being cracked open even a sliver from several rooms off. Cute. For a while. Except that soon she started to 'demand' the biscuits. Come 10.25 she'd sit at my feet and stare. Still quite cute. Up I'd trot, feed the biscuits and all was well. But then a stare turned in to a meow. A meow turned in to a menacing jump up on to the sofa to round me up. Then finally, the cuffing started. A paw to to the head, a swipe round the legs. And this got earlier and earlier until come 9.00 am she was totally wired waiting for her snack. I'd created a monster - a feline version of Pavlov's dogs. The final straw came when she got my sister, sitting innocently in my usual seat, in a double pawed cuff. We had to go cold turkey and stop the madness. The pack went to the back of the cupboard and gradually she stopped demanding Denties with menaces.

      So, what about her teeth? Well, my cat inhaled these biscuits. They barely touched her teeth, I seldom heard a crunch, so I find it difficult to see how the cleaning action could work. Maybe they work for dainty eaters however, my friend's cat, a more refined grazer, has since had dental surgery. If you browse on-line you'll find vigorous debate about the merits of commercial cat foods. One controversial ingredient is cereal which is the first ingredient in Dentabits. I don't have a definitive scientific verdict on this, and I know pet food is very well researched by big companies, but cereal is associated with weight gain so some owners choose non-cereal based foods. Anyhow, I decided two things - no more Dentabits as they don't seem to clean and don't seem especially healthy and secondly, no more routine based treat giving that can lead to behavioural problems! She now gets the occasional freeze dried meat snack but not in any set routine.

      So, I can't recommend this product based on my experience. I give this a star rating of two. If more stars than this are showing, you'll know that the cat got in and altered it.

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        29.02.2012 00:18
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        Fantastic treats to look after my cats teeth.

        We have a cat, as my regular readers will know and we like to do everything that we can to look after her. We buy these Dentabits on a regular basis to help try to look after her teeth. We try to brush her teeth regularly but sometimes our cat does not like to play ball and so we tend to give her these treats on a daily basis to help ensure that her teeth are in tip top condition.

        These treats come provided in a purple coloured pot that is shaped like a cats face and has a plastic lid on it in the same shape. This lid comes off and there is a peel back cover underneath to keep the treats fresh. This is simple enough to remove and the packaging is strong enough that my cat cannot break it open when the treats are left around and yet thin enough that she can hear the treats within being rattled.

        I usually pay around £1.30 for these from my local Sainsburys store and I probably buy a packet every two weeks or so. My cat has between 4 and 8 of these every day unless I forget and she seems to absolutely adore them. These treats are shaped with six curved bits to them (three on either side) and they appear to be much harder than other treats that I have given our cat in the past. Our cat seems to take quite a few seconds to bite in to these but she does not appear to be struggling in any way.

        Overall I have been very pleased with the quality of these treats. They are suitable for cats from 10 months and up but I have been giving these to my cat since she was around a year old. At a vets check up they commented that her gums were a little bit sore looking and since we have increased the teeth brushing and started feeding her these treats she went back to the vet last week and the same vet commented that her teeth were looking far improved from her last visit. The price of these is reasonable and my cat seems to love them. I feel reassured that I am doing the best I can for her and these treats get a 5/5 from me!

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        29.11.2011 17:32
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        I will keep buying these regularly

        If you have read any of my previous reviews you will know that our cat Champ suffers from some dental tartar problems and one of the things the vet has suggested I try is Dentabix from Whiskas to see if this will help as there is no way she is going to let me clean them with a brush and I wouldn't want to anyway.

        They cost just 99p for a little tin with a peel back foil lid from Wilkinsons. I gave her a couple (sometimes only one) about every day. She wasn't so keen on them at first but slowly she has begun to enjoy them and even expect one now.

        They smell nice when you peel back the lid and they do stay fresh for a long time even though she does not eat that many. The tin is canny, and looks to be in the shape of a cat's head, complete with ears! Our little lad loves the tin and it makes him laugh.

        They seem to have worked well on her teeth and the vet says he has seen some improvement so we are pleased with the results so far. They come in a couple of diferent flavours and Champ loves them. They are also nutritious and they are made by a well known brand I personally trust so I know they are doing her some good as well as being a tasty treat for her.

        One tin will last for ages as she only has one or two a day. I have not counted to see how many there are in a tin, but I am guessing there are about fifty, so they wil last a long time even though a quid for a tiny tin seems a bit much at first.

        All in all great product and recommended.

        Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead

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        06.09.2011 10:47
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        A treat that is good for them

        My cat is without doubt the boss in my house and I go out of my way to ensure that he is kept in tip top condition.
        I actually own a toothbrush for my cat and try and brush his teeth on a regular basis to prevent his teeth from rotting and causing him pain. Unfortunately brushing the teeth of a cat is not the easiest thing in the world and it is something he absolutely hates so I supplement the brushing with snacks and toys which are supposed to also help his teeth.

        Whiskas Dentabits can be bought from the supermarket or the pet shop and are little treats which are designed to clean your cat's teeth and help keep their mouth in good oral hygiene.
        They cost around £1.20 depending on where you buy them. In my experience the supermarket is usually the cheapest place to get these sort of cat treats as pet shops seem to add a premium and these Dentabits for instance cost £1.49 in my local pet shop so it really does save to shop around.

        The Dentabits come in little containers containing 50 grams of biscuits which equates to quite a lot of little biscuits and I would say there are between 80 and 100 biscuits in the packet.
        The little biscuits are soft and when chewed the rough texture is what cleans your cat's teeth. Now I am not so sure how much actual cleaning these actually do as they are tiny and Dashiel eats them very quickly with not so much in the way of chewing.

        As a treat he really enjoys them. They aren't his favourite and he has been known to turn his nose up at them but 8 times out of 10 he will snaffle a few before deciding he's had enough and wanting something else. Although I know they aren't his favourites I do persevere with them due to the cleaning aspect of them which his favourite treats don't have in their favour.

        If you are worried about your cat's teeth then I would definitely recommend these treats. They aren't going to stop your cat from getting any cavities but in combination with other things they might.
        If you do buy them you should know that you aren't supposed to give them to cat's under the age of 10 months (no idea why) and that you should only be giving your cat a maximum of 8 a day.

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          07.01.2011 23:52
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          healthy teeth and gums, and they think its all just a yummy treat!

          I have two cats, both aged about 3 years. They couldn't be more different. When it comes to these Dentabits though, they both go totally nuts for them!

          I love my cats and treat them as a member of the family so am keen to make sure they are well looked after, healthy and happy. I feed them the usual brands of cat foods which claim to be good for them, but its important they like it too!

          As well as having wet food and biscuits for the day, I quite often rattle the Dentabits box out the front door when it is time for them to come in for the night...and, sure enough, they come running! I try to give them a selection of the Whiskas 'complementary' (treat) foods - including the 'Temptations' with chicken & cheese, and 'Temptations' with Salmon (Each resealable pot is very reasonably priced (under a£1)). Dentabits is by far their favourite though, which is pleasing as it says they are "for healthy teeth and gums". I check my two regularly and they have great teeth and gums so it seems to do the trick - and better yet - they love something that is good for them!

          As an added bonus we got them the treat ball at Christmas, which you can put a handful of Dentabits in and watch as they chase the ball around the room trying to get the treats -- exercise, healthy teeth and gums, and they think its all just a yummy treat!

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            31.10.2010 18:19
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            A good crunch!

            Our cat is only one year old and we had from a 7 month old kitten. When we first took him to the vet they said his teeth weren't all that great and that is usually down to having too much wet food. So we swapped from 3 a day to 2 a day and plenty of dry. The vet also gave us some treats to help with their teeth which of course are a nie price from the vets. The cat seemed to like them though and they were good for him so when he ran out we sought some more.

            Not wanting to go back to the vets agin and pay the price we saw these in the local supermarket and went for these. He loves them! Far more than i thought he would . I presumed as there good for him, like a human would, he would instantly not like them opting for the more fatty treats but alot of the time he does seem to prefer these.

            They recommend up to 5 a day but i don't give them him every day as I don;t want him getting any more greedy than he already is! So he usally has some a couple of times a week.

            The one day, however, he got in the cupboard where his food is stored, managed to knock of the lid to these treats and managed to devour about half of the pack before he was noticed. I have to say though he didn't appear to have a dodgy tummy which i thought he might after that many so I was very pleased with that. He wasn't very hungry when it came to dinner time though.

            You can usually pick these up pretty cheap so they are certaintly an economical way to treat your cat and keep him healthy.

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            17.09.2010 19:46
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            They get the paws up from my two cats!

            I have two cats, and love to treat them, but they are rather greedy creatures so I'm quite careful about how many treats they have and try to pick ones which have health benefits too. I have previously bought them these Whiskas Dentabits because I wanted to ensure that their teeth were kept in as good condition as possible. I usually pay in the region of 75p-£1.50 for these Dentabits and they are available from most pet shops and leading supermarkets. I've also seen them on offer in Wilkinson's for 70-something pence, which is a far nicer price!

            The Dentabits come in a tub the shape of a cats face - oval with two triangle ears. The tub has a clear plastic lid, and under that is sealed with a lid. The container is mainly purple and typical Whiskas style packaging. The tub is 50g and I'd say it contains about 60 treats.

            The treats themselves are referred to as a dental aiding treat mainly due to their shape. They are rectangular but have three 'prongs' coming odd each side of the biscuits. So they have 6 'prongs' all together. The prongs are rounded at the ends and encourage the cat to crunch the biscuits, therefore cleaning their teeth at the same time.

            These biscuits are only for cats over 10 months old and it's recommended that you cat doesn't have more than 8 per day, as they're only a treat.

            My cats absolutely adore these treats! They do need to crunch them more and they actually last quite a few seconds each (which is impressive for my greedy cats!). It has now got to the point that I have to remove the tub after a certain cat figured out how to open the lid and helped herself!


            Ingredients: Cereals, derivatives of vegetable origin, meat and animal derivatives, minerals.

            As you can see they don't contain particularly healthy ingredients, and the highest ingredient is cereal which is NEVER a good sign in pet food, but, as an occasional treat I would let me cats have these as they do have a secondary use aside from being a tasty and well loved treat!

            Overall I would recommend these as a treat. I can't comment on how successful they really are at reducing problems with cats teeth as I'm no feline dentist, but they always go down a treat!

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            09.09.2009 11:51
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            Whiskas dentabits for kitties - cat love them!

            Obviously I'm not a cat so haven't actually tried these myself, but my cat (a very discerning gentleman) loves them. He actually gets excited when I take them out of the shopping bag. The vet also recommended them for his teeth and gums as cats are not exactly toothbrush friendly. Not sure if they have actually worked or not as haven't been back to the vets since.

            You just need to give your cat a few of these before bedtime. Much easier than trying to give them toothpaste. They have meat versions, such as chicken, and fish flavours and are pretty easy to get in most supermarkets. It's also a pretty box, shaped like a cats head. This is re-sealable so it keeps them fresh, not that you need that with my cat around!

            The only downside is the price - it's a pretty small box and they don't seem to last long. I've yet to find an alternative to these, no home brand versions.

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              08.08.2009 23:25
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              If they clean teeth that's an ADDED bonus - my cat LOVES them anyway!

              I bought my cat (as a kitten) when I first moved into a flat on my own a few years ago. Having grown up with a cat I knew how to take care of one and what kind of a responsibility it was so even though I was relatively young I went ahead and got one.

              Of course it was instant love! Being that it was just the two of us living together I was very close to her and constantly wanted to buy her treats. As she preferred by belongings (and furniture) to cat toys the only way I found to treat her was with treats.

              I bought dentabits as I thought that with the amount of time she spent licking me (and of course for her own health!) I would prefer that she had good dental hygiene!

              Dentabits claim that the texture (and presumably jagged shape) help to clean cats teeth as they chew on them. As far as I know (because you would have thought they would be boasting about it if they did) they don't contain any particular ingredients that help clean teeth.

              Because these are primarily a health-directed snack I wasn't sure how much my cat would enjoy them but she loved them! I would leave these (and the whiskas temptation snacks) with her food and I would find the packet somewhere else in the flat entirely! (Before people get concerned about me keeping a cat in a flat, we were in a ground floor flat with a cat flap so she had plenty of space to roam!) She would pick up the container in her teeth and try to bring it to me! Often times she would manage to open it herself and eat the snacks!

              It has been about a year since I last bought these for my cat but as my other cat recently passed away and I felt sorry for this one being left alone I wanted to get her a special treat and this was one of them.

              We are now temporarily living with my parents so from living alone with me in flats and houses in London and Brighton she is out in the wild country and loving it! This has made her a much more wild cat and she cares a lot less for human interaction. She will come to us if she wants to but less so when we call her or try to tempt her towards us, therefore I didn't think that she would care too much for the treats but boy was I wrong!

              Even though she was in a bit of a bad mood and not interested in spending time with us as soon as I rattled the container (as I used to do before treating her) she stopped and looked over at me with great interest. The noise of opening the container makes quite a distinctive noise (which I like because it piques her interest!) and when I opened it she came running over to me (even though she had been running from me only seconds before!). When my cat is in an anti-social mood she will not come to ANYBODY(!) but as soon as the treat was sitting on my outstretched palm she was right over and gobbling it up! So surprised was I that I tried with a second treat and she was equally enthusiastic.

              Like I said, I bought her a few different treats at the same time and because of the success of these I decided to try another brand and this she was definitely less interested in. Thinking she was probably full I decided to give it a little test by pulling out the Dentabits again and she was just as enthusiastic as the first one.

              For me, this is a clear indication how good the Dentabits are. So in summary, I will continue to be buying these for my cat as I feel the price is reasonable, there are a fairly generous amount in each packet and the cat LOVES them! If I have any criticisms then it would be the fact that my cat can easily break into these! (Though to be honest, it's so cute I actually kin of enjoy it!) Another would be that I kind of doubt how well they actually help with keeping teeth clean, but the cat likes them so much that it would just be an added bonus if they did!

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                07.07.2008 21:29
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                Mew loves them!

                As you may know we have recently been adopted by a lovely cat. He is about two years old and we have christened him Mew - well that's what he kept saying his name was anyway!

                My sister Helen visited at the weekend and fell in love with Mew so when she went to Asda she returned with a treat for him.

                The treat in question was a pack of Whiskas Dentabits which cost £1.03 for 50g.

                The first thing I noticed about these treats was the container. It is plastic (recycleable) and has a bright purple base and a clear lid. Under the clear lid is a peel off label with pictures of an angelic looking cat, a couple of cat teeth and a couple of the biscuits. The only wording is Whiskas Dentabits.

                The thing that I love about the container is that the top is shaped like a cats head - it is oval with two 'ears' - to see what I mean take a look at the picture at the top of this review.

                As soon as Helen had given Mew the treats we opened the container for him to try one. There were about a hundred or so of the little biscuits in there and I took one out and offered it to Mew.

                Was he going to like it? That's a joke! He went berserk!!!!!!!

                He absolutely loved it and wanted more and more. I gave him 4 or 5 of them and then he licked my hands to get every available scrap of the taste.

                I gave him a couple this morning and then he sat outside the door of the room where they are kept trying to look as cute as possible to see if I would give him some more!

                It does say on the pack that 8 per day is the maximum that the cat should have and that they are 'ideal as a snack to help keep the cat's teeth and gums healthy'. The idea is that regular use will help to reduce the build up of plaque and tartar on his teeth.

                One word of warning - these are only for cats over ten months old.

                I'm not sure how much they will help Mew as he doesn't tend to chew them much before wolfing them down! Mind you as he loves them so much I will certainly buy him some more once he has eaten all these.

                In fact the way he reacts I almost feel like trying one myself to see what all the fuss is about!

                This will also be posted on Ciao.

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                  14.02.2008 03:38
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                  i get these on a regular basis as my cats cant get enough, swap the flavours for variety

                  I have got two cats, one that is 4 years old and another that is 3 years. i have found that every time i buy them different treats over the years (i've had both from small kittens) i find that they either snub it or one may like it but the other doesnt. my older cat, the mother of my other cat has a tendancy to like seafood treats, like freeze dried prawns-even though they dont agree with her, wheras my other cat likes more meaty textures. my husband picked these dentabits treats up not for their cleanng capabilities but out of sheer desperation to find somthing they both liked and didnt just get left on our floor uneaten, and also the fact that our older cat seems to have a slightly sensitive stomach and gets diahroea from alot of food.
                  these have since become a staple in our cupboard as both love them and dont have any adverse reactions to them, and its an added bonus to me that they are designed to help clean their teeth.

                  we have used them for quite a while now and neither of my cats have ever had any problems with their teeth or bad breath.

                  they seem to be chewy textured and come in several flavours, both of which my cats like surprisingly, so may be nice to broaden their food palatte by trying a flavour they wouldnt normally eat.

                  the bits come in a purple plastic container with a see through plastic lid, and they are shaped like a cats head. their is a foil seal to keep them fresh (think pringles tube). depending on how many you feed your cat, i find that a box lasts a good couple of weeks for both my cats and at only 1-2 pounds a box they're good value.

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                    13.08.2001 18:21
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                    Whiskas have designed a tasty cat treat, which promotes healthy gums and teeth. It is called Dentabits. These cat treats if used on a regular basis will help reduce the harmful build-up of plaque and tartar on the cat?s teeth. It is like a tooth brush and tooth paste rolled-up into one. How does it work? The double ?H? shaped biscuits are made from a unique chewy texture, which once bitten into provides a ?dual wiping action that reduces plaque and tartar build-up on the surface of the teeth. Whiskas advises cat owners to use this product on cats over ten months old, as a complementary pet food. These brown cat treats have a strong smell that very few cats can resist. I have not met on yet! A minimum of eight pieces daily should be encouraged, with plenty of drinking water. Whiskas do not state a maximum dosage for this dietary supplement. The Dentabits come in a silver and purple 100g tub, which is made from recycled cardboard and has a push-in plastic lid. When opening the tub, one is confronted by a wretched smell, similar to that of ?calf nuts?, but cats really do love it. It is a user-friendly tub, but most cats will not be able to help themselves, that is unless the are Houdini (or a ?cat-burglar?)! The tubs of Dentabits, once opened, should be discarded after four weeks, as they become extremely hard. A tub costs around £1.00. Max (my rescues and abused cat)was sent a free trial sample from Whiskas. Personally, I feel that 25p per week is a small price to pay when it comes to my pets health. I only have one problem, how many do I give to a cat with only one canine and four molars?! Pet Care Line 0800 738 800 Web Site www.mypetstop.com

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                      STRESS.KILL IT OR IT KILLS YOU. My top Tips to avoid Stress. 1.Exercise..Burn of all that aggression and take your mind of what is annoying you,take your choice of cycling ,swimming or walking or whatever. 2.Humour..Don’t take life to serious,laughter relieves tension so relax and have a laugh and a joke,its good for you. 3.Positive Thinking..This also improves your mental health just as much as excecise improves your physical side.Don’t get down think on the bright side and you will find you attract more friends. 4.Sex..Now we are talking,sex helps beat stress so why are you reading this go to bed now,in fact don’t even go to bed,go get rid of some stress. 5.Reading…I find reading takes me out of myself,I think that’s a reason im on here reading and writing. 6.Good Diet..Make sure you eat a proper diet and also drink enough water every day.The proper food will give you more energy. 7.Relaxation Time…Take time every day to just sit back and relax,by listening to music or like myself doing yoga,but make sure you get at least 20 mins. 8.Writing..Nothing better than writing for getting rid of all your bottled up stress,share your trouble and worries with friends in the form of words.A problem shared is a problem halved.

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                        Just before Christmas last year I had to pay £175.00 to have my cats teeth cleaned and some of them removed. Why? Well he had such serious dental decay that he could hardly eat every bite made him flinch with pain. He is quite elderly at 17 years, so it was either have him put down, operate on his gums or watch him die slowly from starvation. I felt I had no choice he deserves to be cared for. Anyway he survived the somewhat risky operation and has made a full recovery. The vet advised that a product to clean his teeth may prevent the need for a second visit. So I saw Whiskas dentabits on the supermarket shelf. They claim that the texture of the product will remove plaque and prevent tartar build-up as the cat chews. I waited until he had recovered sufficiently to manage traditional cat treat biscuits etc. before he tried them. He tried to swallow them almost whole and nearly choked. My other cat who is also 17 but has no dental problems at present, just looked, sniffed and turned away , he will not even taste them. I have since been back to the vet for a little advice. He thinks that if a cat will chew dentabits they may be some benefit but as my cats can't or won't use them they now have some toothpaste from the vet. It is beef flavoured and if the cat won't let you brush its teeth you can just smear it on and let them suck it off. Apparently tooth decay is quite a big problem for cats in later life, and I wish I had started the cats on a cleaning method of some sort when they were kittens.

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