Brushing your cat’s teeth sounds like a scary task—but what can happen if you don’t is even scarier! Cats are at risk for periodontal disease just like humans because of their carbohydrate-rich diets, and it’s important to take extra steps to make sure that your cat has clean and healthy teeth to comfortably eat and play. Here are four easy steps to take in order to make brushing your cat’s teeth enjoyable for the both of you.
- Start off Slowly:
Some cats may be perfectly fine with you touching their mouths and others not so much. Make sure to start off slowly so that you can build trust with your cat. Pet them, offer them treats, and introduce them to a gentle massage, working your way towards their mouth and gums. Do this for a few weeks so that you know your cat is comfortable with you touching their mouth.
- Introduce Them to Cat-Friendly Dental Products:
Buy a cat-friendly toothbrush designed specifically for feline teeth as well as cat-safe toothpaste (human toothpaste is toxic!). Introduce your cat to the toothbrush and toothpaste as early as you can so they can grow accustomed to them. During your mouth and gum massage, get your cat used to the taste of the toothpaste by running a wet piece of gauze with the toothpaste over their teeth. Then, over time, introduce them to the toothbrush and eventually combine the two together.
- Make it Fun!
Make brushing your cat’s teeth a fun activity for them and as relaxing as possible. Choose your cat’s favorite resting spot as a place to brush their teeth and make sure that they’re feeling relaxed and receptive to grooming.
- Be Consistent:
You know what it’s like going without brushing your teeth for an extended period of time, so imagine what your cat must feel if he or she has never had their teeth brushed before. Brushing your cat’s teeth should be a daily activity, but if you can only do it a few times a week, that’s better than nothing. Make sure to schedule yearly dental examinations for your cat as well, so that they can be checked for any signs of dental disease.
Promoting good dental habits for every family member—including the furry ones—means many more healthy and happy days ahead. Don’t forget to brush and floss every day and see your dentist for biannual examinations and cleanings so that you can keep your smile in top-notch shape. At Kildaire Family Dental, it’s our pleasure to provide you with a home-like atmosphere and plenty of comfortable amenities to enjoy your time with us. Schedule your appointment today!