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Diet may influence the oral microbiome composition in cats

Overview of attention for article published in Microbiome, June 2016
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Diet may influence the oral microbiome composition in cats
Published in
Microbiome, June 2016
DOI 10.1186/s40168-016-0169-y
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Christina J. Adler, Richard Malik, Gina V. Browne, Jacqueline M. Norris


Periodontal disease is highly prevalent amongst domestic cats, causing pain, gingival bleeding, reduced food intake, loss of teeth and possibly impacts on overall systemic health. Diet has been suggested to play a role in the development of periodontal disease in cats. There is a complete lack of information about how diet (composition and texture) affects the feline oral microbiome, the composition of which may influence oral health and the development of periodontal disease. We undertook a pilot study to assess if lifelong feeding of dry extruded kibble or wet (canned and/or fresh meat combinations) diets to cats (n = 10) with variable oral health affected the microbiome. Oral microbiome composition was assessed by amplifying the V1-V3 region of the 16S gene from supragingival dental plaque DNA extracts. These amplicons were sequenced using Illumina technology. This deep sequencing revealed the feline oral microbiome to be diverse, containing 411 bacterial species from 14 phyla. We found that diet had a significant influence on the overall diversity and abundance of specific bacteria in the oral environment. Cats fed a dry diet exclusively had higher bacterial diversity in their oral microbiome than wet-food diet cats (p < 0.001). Amongst this higher diversity, cats on dry-food diets had a higher abundance of Porphyromonas spp. (p < 0.01) and Treponema spp. (p < 0.01). While we observed differences in the oral microbiome between cats on the two diets assessed, the relationship between these differences and gingival health was unclear. Our preliminary results indicate that further analysis of the influence of dietary constituents and texture on the feline oral microbiome is required to reveal the relationship between diet, the oral microbiome and gingival health in cats.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Unknown 104 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 19 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 15%
Researcher 15 14%
Student > Master 14 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 8%
Other 18 17%
Unknown 16 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 20 19%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 19 18%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 15 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 12 11%
Immunology and Microbiology 7 7%
Other 14 13%
Unknown 19 18%

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