Between cleaning litter boxes and struggling to get your cat to take a bath without getting covered in scratches, caring for your cat can be tricky. However, there is one chore that you might be avoiding above all else that is integral to your cat's overall health and wellbeing: caring for your cat's teeth and gums. Here are a few simple tips and tricks to help you expertly care for your cat's teeth and gums.
Choose the Right Environment to Brush Your Cat's Teeth
Brushing your cat's teeth can be traumatic for your cat, especially if this is the first time you are introducing your cat to a toothbrush and the process of brushing the cat's teeth. Finding the ideal, calm environment that can help your cat relax. For example, clean your cat's teeth in the bathroom.
This will allow you to keep the cat in the room and you will be away from other people and pets that can cause your cat to become stressed.
Purchase the Right Equipment
There are several options available for you to brush your cat teeth. The right option for you is based on your cat's preference and the recommendation of your veterinarian. A latex or plastic brush that fits over your finger is a great option because it allows you to reach all of your cat's teeth. If your cat will allow, you can use a toothbrush designed for use on children or cats.
For cats who are not comfortable with either option, you can use the corner of a washcloth or a cotton swab. Grab a towel or small blanket to wrap your cat in to prevent your cat from getting away or to keep you from getting scratched. Your veterinarian might recommend using some tuna juice or wet cat food to help your cat get used to having their teeth brushed.
Brushing Your Cat's Teeth
Introduce your cat to the toothbrush or cotton swab by allowing them to sniff the implement. When your cat is comfortable, wrap the cat in a blanket or towel and take your cat into a quiet, safe place. Carefully work the cotton swab or toothbrush over your cat's teeth, making sure to get your cat's back teeth. Your veterinarian will tell you how often you should brush your cat's teeth, depending upon their age and the cat's breed.
Brushing your cat's teeth can be tricky, but it is critical for your cat's overall health. Contact your veterinarian with any pet dental care further questions.