Maintaining Healthy Cat Teeth
Your Cat’s Dental Health
Cats may not love having their teeth inspected, but paying attention to your cat’s teeth can help prevent disease. A daily – or at least twice-weekly – cleaning at home can help your cat avoid painful dental diseases.
What You’ll Need:
- Sterile gauze strips or a soft rubber cat toothbrush.
- Toothpaste created especially for cats.
What You’ll Do:
1. Brush Your Cat’s Teeth
Dip the toothbrush or a strip of gauze wrapped around your index finger into the cat’s toothpaste. Gently rub your finger or toothbrush in a circular motion on a tooth. Start with one or two teeth for the first session and increase the number of teeth cleaned per session as your cat gets used to the routine.
2. Feed Tooth-Friendly Foods
Dry, crunchy foods can also be helpful in keeping a cat’s teeth clean. As the cat chews, particles from the dry food scrape against the teeth, acting like a toothbrush to help remove plaque.
3. Check in with Your Veterinarian
If your cat refuses to allow you to clean his teeth, it’s okay to leave it to the professionals. Talk over a specific cleaning schedule with your veterinarian — and expect to at least take your cat in for an annual cleaning.
With the right amount of effort and attention, you’ll be on your way to promoting healthy oral hygiene for your cat.