Cat Teeth Brushing
From Pet Health Learning Center
Cat Teeth Brushing
How To Brush A Cat's Teeth
If you've ever attempted to get close to your cat's teeth, you know how hard it is. These feline creatures aren't very forthcoming with their dental hygiene so it is the owner's responsibility to train and prep them so that they may be able to easily gain access whenever they need to brush their catâ€™s teeth.
Dental diseases, such as Cat Gingivitis, Cat Bad Breath, and periodontal disease, are the most common condition that is present in cats. Luckily, it is also one of the most preventable and thus, treatable diseases that our cat's can have. We can eliminate the need of veterinarian intervention by furnishing dry kibble to break down excess plaque around the gum line and implementing a daily ritual of tooth brushing. Just like humans, our cats need the same amount of attention regarding their oral health.
Teeth Brushing Tools for Cats
First, begin by getting your kitten acquainted with the tools involved in daily brushing. Keep in mind that the younger you start getting your cat accustomed to having his or her teeth brushed, the easier it will be as they grow up.
Specialized items such as toothpaste and toothbrushes can be purchased at your local pet store. Do not ever use human toothpaste on your pet. If swallowed, the toothpaste can cause severe adverse affects to their health. Always use cat specific products so as to be sure of their safety.
When to Begin
It is always best to begin brushing your cat's teeth right after they have had a professional cleaning or if they're kittens. This makes the priority maintenance rather than fighting off a inevitable dental disease. Purchase a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that is flavored, as this will help your cat enjoy the process.
Try and keep a consistent time frame as to when their teeth will be brushed. This will aid in getting your cat accustomed to the brushing and pretty soon it will become just another daily activity similar to eating.
To begin, offer your cat a taste of the toothpaste to familiarize him or her with the taste. Run your finger across the gums to get it used to having your hands in and around their mouth. You can finally repeat this process with the toothbrush with the bristles facing upward in a forty-five degree angle. This will ensure plaque removal underneath the gums. Work the brush from the back to the front while making small circular motions. It is best to not attempt to brush the whole mouth the first time. This will aggravate your cat and they will be more hesitant in the future. Slowly build up to this and you will have a compliant feline in no time!
Even if you continue to brush your cat's teeth daily, do not neglect the fact that some cats will need to have a professional cleaning every once in a while. Just like their human owners, cats need to be looked over to ascertain that they are healthy. However, by brushing their teeth you are eliminating the need of excessive doctor visits and ultimately contributing to a healthy and happy feline!