Feline Dental Chews FAQ

Why is oral care important to a cat's health?

Oral disease is currently the #1 health problem diagnosed in pets.* But many cat owners admit they have no daily dental regimen for controlling plaque and tartar—the two leading causes of periodontal disease. Worse yet, most pet parents don’t see dental health as a health issue. If left untreated, poor oral care can lead to life-threatening conditions including liver and kidney problems and heart disease.

** Banfield Pet Hospital State of Pet Health Report, 2011.

Why are FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats important?

Chewing promotes good oral health. The more cats chew, the more opportunity to mechanically scrub the plaque and tartar from their teeth. When used twice a day as part of a dental care routine, dental treats, such as FELINE GREENIES Treats can reduce tartar and plaque buildup.

What are the benefits of good oral health?

Periodontal disease is the most common disease of adult cats and dogs. It is often a silent process that progresses without detection. Even in cases of severe dental disease, your cat may not demonstrate obvious discomfort. Oral disease is also a primary cause of offensive breath odor.

Dental plaque is the key substance that must be controlled in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Dental plaque is not easily removed by normal tongue actions or water drinking and generally requires mechanical means for removal either from a professional cleaning by paying your veterinarian a visit, or in the choice of a dental diet and treats.

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats are specifically formulated to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar accumulation on your cat's teeth through mechanical action. That is, the texture helps scrub teeth clean while your cat chews. FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats serve as a highly palatable treat, and is complete and balanced nutrition for adult maintenance. Reduction of plaque and tartar results in healthier teeth and gums and will also provide breath freshening.

How does FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats help maintain my cat's teeth?

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats are formulated with natural oat fiber which provides texture within the kibble that scrubs your cat's teeth. Think of oat fiber as "nature's toothbrush". This scrubbing action is much like the mechanical action of brushing your teeth. This mechanical scrubbing action serves to remove plaque and tartar from your cat's teeth.

How Do I feed FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats?

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats are recommended for adult cats of any breed. Typically your veterinarian will give instruction for dental care and nutritional modification at the 1 year visit. Therefore we recommend that you don’t start your cat on FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats until they are at least ten to 12 months of age.

Cat Weight Twice per Day…
5 to 10 lb 6-8 pieces per serving
10 to 15 lb 8-10 pieces per serving
Over 15lb 10-12 pieces per serving

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats are 100% nutritionally complete and balanced for adult maintenance, all natural with added vitamins, minerals, taurine and chlorophyll. We recommend… As with any treat, always offer water after feeding. If obesity is a concern, reduce food intake.

Why are FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats green?

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats are green because they contain chlorophyll.

Will FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats stain my carpets?

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats do not contain any artificial dyes or colors that would permanently stain your carpet. The green color could transfer to your carpet if your cat was to vomit on the carpet and it wasn't cleaned up within 10-15 minutes. A typical stain remover such as Resolve® could be used to lift the stain from the carpet. However, we recommend that you feed the treats to your cat in his/her food bowl if you are concerned about getting any crumbs on your carpet.

What is the shelf life of FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats?

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats have a shelf life of eighteen months from the date of manufacture in the original unopened package. The package is flushed with nitrogen (an inert gas) to reduce the level of oxygen in the package to levels low enough to prevent fat oxidation. Once opened, the product will have a shelf life in your pantry of one to two months.

What if my cat has allergies?

If a cat has food allergies, it would likely be to common proteins like beef, chicken, or dairy. Food allergies in animals are primarily due to proteins and generally the meat proteins. However, your cat could have allergies to other sources of proteins such as wheat, corn, or rice as these are also ingredients.

Are FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats like GREENIES Canine Dental Chews?

No. FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats are an extruded kibble that is cut slightly thicker and larger than main meal kibble to promote dental benefit. They also have a light, crunchy texture appropriate for the bite force of cats. GREENIES Canine Dental Chews are injection molded and have a texture appropriate for the bite force of dogs. Both products utilize the mechanical action of chewing to clean teeth and both are highly effective and incredibly palatable.

What if I’m not satisfied with the product?

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats carry a product guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with the product just return the unused product to your retailer along with a cash register receipt and a statement of why you are not satisfied. Your full purchase price will be refunded.

What is the Guaranteed Analysis?

Crude Protein Minimum…………35%
Crude Fat Minimum……………14%
Crude Fiber Maximum………5%
Moisture Maximum……………11%
Taurine Minimum………………0.1%

What is in FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats?

Chicken Flavor Meat and Meat meal from chicken,rice, maize gluten,wheat, chicken liver digest,natural chicken digest,lamb tallow, beef tallow, meat and meat meal (from beef, lamb and pork),sunflower oil (naturally stabilised)salt, gelling agent (potassium, sodium tripolyphosphate), vitamins (Choline Chloride, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Niacin, Vitamin A, Thiamin hydrochloride, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6,Folic acid),Ferrous sulphate monohydrate, Potassium Iodide,antioxidant natural,Sodium Caseinate, Flavours, BHT, BHA,and Citric acid. Ocean Fish Flavor Meat and Meat meal from chicken,rice, maize gluten,wheat, chicken liver digest,natural chicken digest,lamb tallow, beef tallow, meat and meat meal from fish(source of Ocean Fish),sunflower oil (naturally stabilised)salt, gelling agent (potassium, sodium tripolyphosphate), vitamins (Choline Chloride, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Niacin, Vitamin A, Thiamin hydrochloride, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6,Folic acid),Ferrous sulphate monohydrate, Potassium Iodide,antioxidant natural,Sodium Caseinate, Flavours, BHT, BHA,and Citric acid.

Are FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats digestible?

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats are made from highly digestible proteins, fats and carbohydrates. They contain chicken meal,dried chicken and corn gluten meal as the primary sources of protein. In vivo digestibility testing shows FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats to be approx. 82% digestible, which is similar to premium dry cat foods.

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats are fortified with essential vitamins and minerals and are nutritionally complete and balanced for adult maintenance. They are intended to be fed as a treat, twice a day. FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats are not intended to replace your animal’s maintenance diet of dry or wet food.

What is the sodium content of FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats?

The sodium content is 0.5%. The sodium content of FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats fall within the average sodium content of dry cat foods (between 0.3 and 0.9%).

What is the calorie content of FELINE GREENIES™ Dental Treats?

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats are 3,805 kcal/kg or less than 2 calories per piece.

Are FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats low in calories?

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats provide 3.8 calories per gram and as such would not be considered a low calorie treat. According to the AAFCO regulatory agency, a "light" or "low calorie" cat food would contain no more than 3.1 calories per gram for products containing less than 20% moisture.

What is the fat content of FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats?

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats contain approximately 15-16% crude fat. Fat is an important source of calories for active cats and serves as a flavor enhancer.

Does FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats contain cholesterol?

Yes, they contain a small amount of cholesterol which comes from the use of chicken meal.

Are FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats safe for cats with a history of urinary problems?

Check with your veterinarian first if your cat has a history of urinary problems.

Are FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats organic?

No, FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats are not organic.

Does FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats contain any GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms)?

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats are not tested for GMO’s and we do not make a claim for GMO free.

Does FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats contain any sugar?

FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats do not contain any added sucrose, corn syrup, glucose or fructose. However, the total complex carbohydrate content of FELINE GREENIES Treats are about 30% which is predominately starch.

Are there any digestive enzymes, hormones, or monosodium glutamate added to FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats?

No

How many FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats can I feed my cat per day?

Cat Weight Twice per Day…
5 to 10 lb 6-8 pieces per serving
10 to 15 lb 8-10 pieces per serving
Over 15lb 10-12 pieces per serving
The reason for this is that the greater the frequency of eating the treats will result in more mechanical action in scrubbing the plaque and tartar from your cat's teeth.

What is the Nutritional Profile of FELINE GREENIES Dental Treats?

Percent as fed
Calorie Content
11 cal (6 piece serving)
Crude Protein, not less than
35%
Crude Fat, not less than
14%
Crude Fiber, not more than
5%
Moisture, not more than
11%
Ash, not more than
6%
Calcium
1.1%
Carbohydrates
30%
Sodium
0.5%
Phosphorus
< 0.8%
Omega 6
4%
Omega 3
0.4%
Magnesium
0.1%
Ave. dry cat food
Calorie Content
3481 kcal/kg
Crude Protein, not less than
29-31.5%
Crude Fat, not less than
13-15%
Crude Fiber, not more than
4.5-6%
Ash, not more than
4.5-6%
Calcium
0.9-1.2%
Carbohydrates
30%
Sodium
0.45-0.6%
Phosphorus
0.75-0.95%
Magnesium
0.09-0.1%