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According to studies, 90% of cats and dogs develop periodontal diseases by the age of two years, and these oral diseases are fundamentally l...

According to studies, 90% of cats and dogs develop periodontal diseases by the age of two years, and these oral diseases are fundamentally linked to the health of the heart, kidneys, liver, and body as a whole, and even affect behavior and mood!

Dental problems and gum disease have become one of the most common diseases in pets since we moved away from the natural, innate food for them as carnivores, and adopted commercial ready-made pet foods. 

Raw bones for cats and dogs
Raw bones for cats and dogs

And it often turns into a chronic disease that accompanies the cat/dog throughout his life, because of this, they need periodic dental cleanings, and these operations require anesthesia, and repeated anesthesia poses a very great danger to their lives, we will address it shortly.

This post answers several questions, including:

If cats and dogs in the wild do not have a breeder around to clean and care for their teeth, how can they keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy?

How do we ensure our cats and dogs have healthy gums and teeth in the long term without medical intervention that may put them at risk and without the suffering of daily brushing of the teeth?

1. Raw Meaty Bones

They are bones covered with flesh or skin that the cat/dog chews several times and then swallows smoothly.

Cats and dogs in nature, why hunt eat meat, and give up the bone?

No, you eat it all or most of it, and this secret is that wild cats and dogs rarely get gum and teeth problems, how?

God made the teeth of cats and dogs to be cleaned while eating their natural food, by tearing the meat with their fangs, turning them from one side to the other, and chewing the fleshy bones with their teeth and back incisors. 

At the same time, this mechanism works to get rid of any food residue and plaque, in addition to providing them with a strong physical and mental stimulus that boosts their immune system, and stimulates antibodies and many other beneficial elements and compounds to the mouth that help protect the mouth and gums in general.

Raw meaty bones are an integral part of the complete prey of cats and dogs in nature, and as long as our goal is to achieve the closest natural fungal food to them, the bones are an essential part of the best to achieve, but it has conditions, types, and ratios that we will mention shortly.

Normal, do I adopt raw meat bones with a ready-made diet (dry or canned food) or a cooked diet?

Of course, as long as it suits the cat/dog, but if he eats ready-made food, it may be better to take the raw meat bones between meals and not with the ready-made food in the same meal to be better digested by his body, and also raw meaty bones with cooking is an excellent addition, but we never cook them, So this post will benefit all educators, God willing, with various diets.

Dental cleaning operations

If the cat/dog does not depend on raw meat bones in its daily diet (especially with the adoption of ready-made food), it needs daily tooth brushing, which may be considered stressful for the animal and its owner, and often needs periodic dental examination and perhaps a dental cleaning process as well, and this exposes the animal to risks Anesthesia, especially if it is repeated periodically or annually, unfortunately, some veterinarians see the issue of annual anesthesia or every 6 months because dental cleaning is normal when it is not at all, a radical solution is required.

First, in order to determine whether the cat/dog is in a suitable state for anesthesia, we need to do a comprehensive blood analysis (CBC), and blood analysis for body functions chemistry, which measures the condition and efficiency of the organs, especially the kidneys and liver, because they are the organs that will remove toxins caused by anesthetics in the body, Therefore, the cats/dogs whose examination results are excellent accept anesthesia to carry out dental cleaning or other operations, but if we over-anesthesia may harm their bodies, please do not recover. 

As for cats whose examination results are bad, especially patients with kidneys and liver, they are not anesthetized because it is dangerous. 

In their lives, medications and fluids are dispensed to help the kidneys and liver, and if they improve and their next treatments appear excellent, they can be sedated, but it remains a risk. Cats with kidney/hepatic disease in advanced stages or the elderly will not be safe for them, ok, what is the radical solution? Raw fleshy bones.

Does raw food clean the teeth?

No, but raw meat bones do. Raw meat pieces do not contribute to the accumulation of tartar, but they do not clean the teeth by themselves without raw meat bones with them.

Does the adoption of raw meat bones in a correct quantity and method sing the need to brush the teeth?

Yes, but it is still essential to monitor the mouth, gums, and smell periodically

How did I know about raw meaty bones?

Several years ago, my cat had gingivitis (very common among cats, unfortunately) and what we initially noticed until it worsened into chronic stomatitis due to malnutrition and lack of attention to dental hygiene, we performed several dental cleanings and took several treatments over two years to no avail, After consulting with several veterinarians, they saw that the roots of the gums seemed to press on the teeth hard and swell, and the solution for the gums to return to normal - in their opinion - is to extract the teeth, after several failed treatment attempts we had to make the decision to extract the entire teeth (except for the canines) and it was a very difficult decision for me, yet what She still suffers from stomatitis to this day, and no vet has known a cure for her.

I started to take care of feeding and brushing my cats’ teeth and monitoring the entire mouth, gums, and smell on a weekly basis. I was shocked when I found two of my cats who started having gingivitis, one of them mild and the other severe. 

Then I made a pledge to myself to try my best from now on so that the tragedy of my cats would not be repeated for them, I searched and searched and did not find the perfect solution, so I continued brushing my teeth and healthy nutrition (raw), but I did not see an imaginary result in terms of gingivitis, their condition was stable, thank God, and it did not increase, and the tartar had eased, but the redness and smell did not go away and this worried me very much and I was afraid that the extraction scenario would repeat again.

Until the day I came across a video of Dr. Tom Lonsdale talking about the case of gingivitis he treated and before and after pictures and I was amazed by the result, the most important step she took in his opinion was to adopt raw food with Raw Meaty Bones. 

In a correct way and the result is satisfactory so far, the tartar has eased, but it still takes time to see the optimal result, and I reduced the brushing of the teeth as long as they eat raw meat bones on a (daily) basis, and he stopped it permanently afterward. Many educators have had positive and encouraging experiences in terms of smell and gum health And teeth, I wish I had known about this from the beginning

Ok, why do veterinarians and people warn of bones for cats and dogs?

We also mentioned that veterinarians are not nutritionists, and they may be unfamiliar with this issue or avoid taking responsibility for advising breeders because it may be applied incorrectly, although it is their duty to raise awareness of my view if they are familiar with it, and despite that, most of their warnings are about cooked bones, which are really dangerous Very very, because cooked bones lose all their benefits by cooking and become very hard and sharp, which is a major cause of intestinal obstruction, internal bleeding, suffocation and death for many cats and dogs. 

In contrast, raw meaty bones are completely different, they still retain all their benefits such as calcium and collagen, and are soft compared to cooked bones, the body of cats and dogs can digest them, so if we present them in a correct manner and with supervision and control, it will be perfect, God willing.

2. Raw Meaty Bones Benefits

  • Cleaning the teeth from tartar and food residues due to the frequent friction of the bones with the teeth.
  • A natural element of calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium, much better than synthetic supplements and bone substitutes.
  • Raw meaty bones provide small amounts of cartilage, bone marrow, and minerals essential for healthy growth.
  • It contains some fibers that support the digestive system, which helps the body to excrete and empty the anal glands regularly and properly.
  • Maintains stool quality and consistency, and is considered a solution to diarrhea sometimes, to warn that a large number of bones for the daily need may cause constipation.
  • An excellent exercise for the muscles of the jaw, neck, and shoulders and stimulates the immune body in the mouth, which protects the oral cavity as a whole.
  • Chewing the bones contributes to the secretion of endorphins, which reduce stress, relieve pain, and give them a feeling of satisfaction and happiness.

Does mixing/grinding/mincing raw bones achieve the same benefits?

No, it is a good natural source of calcium, but it will not achieve the same benefits as feeding raw, raw meat bones.

3. Safe Raw Meaty Bones

Again, what are the characteristics of safe meaty bones?
The neck

It should be covered with leather, meat, or fur, its tip should not be sharp or protruding, it should be a suitable size for a cat/dog the neck and often the neck of birds such as quail, pigeons, ducks, chickens and turkeys, which distinguishes the neck because it contains vertebrae, so that when the cat/dog chews it, it automatically massages the teeth and removes impurities and lime from it, choose the most appropriate neck according to the size of the cat/dog.


It is considered one of the useful raw meaty bones as well, chewing it helps to clean the back teeth that some other types of raw meaty bones may not reach, such as the ribs of rabbits (cats and dogs), or even larger prey such as goats (for dogs only), but it is required that we present it as a connected group not Less than 3-4 ribs, as offering one rib may tempt a cat/dog to swallow it all at once and risk choking.


The heads of prey, such as birds and rodents, are very useful, especially if they are presented as God created them, with feathers or with fur (we can remove it if it does not suit a cat/dog). ), all of them are very useful members and rich in natural vitamins

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