After a worrying few days Rueben is home after a visit to the vet to have two decaying teeth removed. At 17 I was terribly concerned about the risks associated with an operation but he is none the worse for wear for which I'm very grateful. In fact he's eating better and has stopped his plaintive wailing so I can only imagine the discomfort he must has been experiencing. After some research it seems that a lot of cats even as young as 3 can have dental issues so it pays to be vigilant by checking their mouth regularly especially for signs of decay. Getting them to chew some chicken necks and raw meat is essential I believe. Surely a diet that includes these more natural foods makes a difference. Sasha who is about 15 and Fergus at 4 both have great teeth mostly because of the chicken necks that form a large part of their diet. Here's more about the problems bad teeth can cause and how to keep your cats teeth in tip top condition.