How to Brush Your Cat’s Teeth at Home

How often do you brush your cat’s teeth? Through regular dental care, you can prevent many problems, such as inflammation of the gums, tartar and foul-smelling breath. Follow these simple steps to succeed with the toothbrushing on your pussy.

Knowledge about cats’ dental health is still insufficient among many. Almost a third of cat owners never take their cat to the vet to have their teeth examined. Just like us humans, cats are susceptible to plaque, tartar and inflammation of the gums if their dental care is neglected.

So brushing your teeth from time to time is a good way to prevent poor oral health.

How do I brush my cat’s teeth?

1. Start brushing your cat’s teeth when your cat is still a kitten. This way, it is easier to get used to when brushing. Exercise when your cat is calm and start by gently touching your cat’s mouth. Reward it immediately if it does not say no but allows you to do what you are supposed to. Then move slowly forward, from moving your lips to massaging your teeth with your finger and then with a damp soft sponge or cloth along your teeth and gums. It can take several rounds of training to get to the next step – the toothbrushing itself.

2. Use a wet soft-brushed toothbrush or a finger brush. Add cat toothpaste or gel if you like, but be aware that toothpaste can make brushing difficult. Cats often like the taste and prefer to lick it off, rather than letting it brush.

3. Brush with circular motions, focusing between the gums and the teeth. Start at the back of your mouth and work your way forward. The outside of the teeth is most important because most food particles and plaque sit right there.

4. Stay calm and have a positive attitude. Never force your cat if it does not want to and do not forget to praise and reward with sweets. Be patient, but have reasonable expectations of progress.

It is also recommended to visit the vet every year to have the cat’s teeth examined and for help and advice.

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