Ask US Anything: Dental Sticks for Cats, Black Spots on Cat Tongue, Kitten with HCM

Our “Ask US Anything” is a series of posts on the site where I share the questions/concerns/ideas that readers have sent in and then the responses from our readers about those questions/concerns/ideas.

Dental Sticks for Cats

Brendalynn wrote in, “I have a quick question, have you ever done a review or received reader input on dental sticks for cats? I guess specifically the natural matatabi natural root/wood sticks that you can give cats to help them clean their teeth? I am wondering the best options out there for teeth cleaning?” I replied: Ahhhh…the latest craze… Mine wouldn’t go for them at all. Doubt they really help with dental stuff – just a creative way to sell them. Video audio explains more =)


If you’re looking for dental treats that might help your kitty, here is what veterinarians have recommended to me in the past:

Of course, a raw, whole prey diet will also help to keep tartar, etc. at bay.

Black Spots on Cat’s Tongue

Whitney wrote in saying, “I have a 2 year old rag doll who has been eating and drinking and acting normal. But he has these black spots on his tongue. They don’t seem raised to me, but have you ever seen this. I didn’t really notice it before and Sunday night he yawned big and I saw that and so now I’m worried”

UPDATE! June 30, 2018

Black spots on cat’s tongue.

“The vet said it is either pigmentation or built up flea dirt as we are having a flea problem at the moment, ugh. We are having an exterminator come. They said since he is acting normal and grooming and is still young there is no cause for concern. I’m taking pictures of it every few days to note any changes for documentation.”

Kitten with HCM

Tiffany wrote in: “Hello, I just received the worst possible call from my vet. My poor 6 month old Ragdoll was diagnosed with HCM. Of course I’ve been a blubbering mess all day, because i know what that means! I got my raggie from a TICA certified breeder who supposedly tested him as HCM negative! We are absolutely in love with him and my husband and I are truly tore up inside! My questions are: Do any of your devoted followers have a Ragdoll that was diagnosed with HCM and what was their quality of life? Have you been able to help them in any way? Do you use any supplements that you would recommend? How did you handle this situation with your breeder who sold you a sick cat? My cat had a brother and a sister in his litter, so I’m sure my baby is not the only one with a problem. If you could share this information, I would greatly appreciate any feedback I receive! Thank you! ” I replied: I am so very sorry. I posted your inquiry on Facebook today –

Also, you might be interested in this article – HCM in Ragdoll Cats Please let me know if I can help further.

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  1. Laana bengal says:

    The black spots on my cats tongue that I thought was pigment/cancer turned out to be lint. Was difficult to get out, but was successful with a pointy dental tool.

  2. WOW! Great info today but such heartbreaking news about the kitten with HCM…my heart and prayers go out to that kitten and family!! Bless you for all the information you could refer to them via your link and for sharing that on your FB page for reader input, Jenny!! 🙂 <3

    Fascinating about the flea dirt on that Raggie's tongue! Never heard of that before! Also, equally interesting about the dental stick issue. Marketing geniuses…sigh….

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

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