The Tooth About Taking Care Of Your Cat’s Teeth.

By Valdette Muller| June 4, 2018 | Blog

Cat dental health is not always a topic of a concern for cat owners.

Dental disease can become a harsh reality for cats by the age of four if left unchecked.

Many cats can get gingivitis as we humans do as well as other types of periodontal diseases.

Many dental issues are slow in progressing but can become serious problems that cause your cat pain and affects the overall health and well being of your cat.

Cats will not show signs of oral discomfort. Pain associated with dental problems will gradually develop slowly over time, cats simply learn to live with the pain.

It is very important that all cats see a veterinarian semi-annually to assess their oral health and stages of degeneration if they do have dental problems.

Please Note: The bacteria that causes dental disease is the same bacteria that can travel throughout your kitty’s system and cause lung, heart and kidney problems later in life.

Risks in cat kidney, heart and lung disease can greatly decrease if we take care of our cats’ teeth.

Brushing your cat’s teeth is the most effective way to prevent dental disease.

How does a cat owner get around to brushing their cat’s teeth? Will a cat even allow someone to brush their teeth?

You may think your cat will never accept or let you or anyone brush their teeth. Ideally, it helps to get your cat used to having their teeth brushed when they are just a kitten, but with a little patience and persistence, even older cats will accept having their teeth brushed.

It can quickly become routine if you practice daily with your cat.

Use only toothpastes made for cats. There are great pet products to help with your cat with dental healthPetDent Oral Gel and PetDent Toothpaste are both recommend for cleaning cats’ teeth.

If you do not have a specially designed pet toothbrush, you can also use a child’s toothbrush, a finger toothbrush or a cotton swab.

Dental treats for cats.

Dry food and crunchy dental treats do not clean your pet’s teeth properly or prevent dental disease. However dental treats can help curb the bad breath that many cats get quite easliy.

How do I start the process of brushing my cats teeth?

Before you even attempt to brush your cat’s teeth, it is a good idea to get your cat used to having their lips lifted and teeth exposed for short periods of time.

  • Find a comfortable place, such as a lap or a favorite resting spot for your cat to sit during the teeth-brushing session.
  • Give your cat a small sample of the toothpaste to introduce the taste.
  • Dip your finger in tuna water, chicken broth, or other liquid your cat may like. This gets your cat loving your fingers and associates them with positive outcome.
  • Get your fingers under your cat’s lips with a bit of cat toothpaste. Keep trying this again and again, this helps your cat get used to your fingers in its mouth.
  • Use a cat toothbrush with soft bristles. If you do not have a specially designed pet toothbrush, you can also use a child’s toothbrush, a finger toothbrush, gauze around a finger or a cotton swab.
  • Make sure the toothbrush is moist with a bit of water and toothpaste. Brush with gentle motions to clean the teeth and gums, as you would your own. Try to get your cat’s front and back teeth with the toothbrush.
  • NEVER use human toothpaste, baking soda or salt. While safe for humans, these can be harmful to your cat if swallowed.
  • Your cat’s teeth should be brushed as often as possible, ideally every day.

Sources: https://www.petful.com/grooming/how-to-brush-cats-teeth-right-way/

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