Cat Dental Care

Cat Dental Care

  Cat dental is too often overlooked by cat owners. Humans are not the only ones who have to worry about keeping their teeth and gums in tip-top shape. It is just as important for cats. Unlike humans, cats do not get cavities, but if they do not get the dental care that they need, then they may suffer from plaque, gum disease, inflammation, bone loss, or lesions.

  If left untreated, the problems will only get worse, causing your cat a lot of pain and discomfort and possibly the loss of one or more teeth. A vet visit will be needed to treat the issue, which will end up costing a lot more than necessary steps to prevent it.

  Unfortunately, cats are not able to brush or floss their teeth like we can. So, it is up to you to give the your cat the dental care it needs.

Cat Dental care: Be Calm and Patient

  In this case, patience really is the key! Do not get frustrated if your cat does not want for you to brush its teeth right away. It will take some getting used to for both you and your cat. Do not yell as this will make both parties on edge and the experience will not be one that you will want to repeat. Make sure that you are calm and reassuring. Pet you cat gently, making it feel comfortable and relaxed.

Start Slow

  This whole process will be much easier for a kitten than an adult cat. If possible, start as young as you can. A kitten will be much more likely to accept you brushing its teeth and at a much quicker rate than an adult cat will. Although it is ideal to start young, it is not a must. Your adult cat can still learn and get used to you brushing its teeth. Just remember, it will not happen overnight. It is a step by step process and will take some time.

  Initially, you should pet your cat on its head, taking special care to massage and touch its mouth area. Occasionally, lift its lips out of the way so that you can view its teeth and then go right back to petting. All that this is doing is getting your cat used to having you touch its mouth and teeth – which is very important for later.

  As your cat grows more comfortable with you doing this, you will notice that he or she will be much more relaxed and less likely to run away. Once you notice this, you can move on to the next step. Start off in the same manner as before. Then, slowly begin to massage your cat’s gums in a circular motion with your fingers. Only do this in short increments of time as you are just trying to get your cat used to it.

  You may then dip a piece of cloth or gauze in something flavorful such as tuna water or chicken broth and use that instead of your fingers along the teeth and gum line, gently cleaning them. The goal is to make your cat enjoy and look forward to getting its teeth cleaned by associating it with getting lots of love, and getting a tasty treat.

Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth

Cat Dental Care

 At this point, you can invest in a specially made toothbrush for cats as well as some flavored toothpaste. There are brushes that fit on the tip of your finger. These may be easier to use since you will be able to replicate the same movements as before where you were rubbing your fingers on the teeth and gums. The toothpaste comes in a variety of flavors such as chicken, beef, or seafood.

  Start the same way as before by petting your cat and rubbing his or her mouth. Then, put a small amount of toothpaste on the brush and gently brush your cat’s teeth and gums, taking special care to get off all of the plaque build-up. Before you know it, your cat will be very used to this routine and will be on his or her way to a healthier smile!

  Although brushing your cat’s teeth and gums is very important, it is not the only preventative measure that can be taken. If your cat absolutely hates getting its teeth brushed, then you can try using a dental rinse instead. There are also plenty of tasty treats that can be given to your cat that will aid in dental care. Dental treats are a great way to prevent tartar and plaque build-up – especially since most cats love the way that they taste.

Other Options

Cat Dental Care

  Another great method to prevent dental disease are toys. That’s right. Your cat can play with toys that are not only fun but are specially made to clean teeth by simply wiping away plaque build-up. It is a good idea to go to the vet to get your cats teeth cleaned about once a year.

  Sure, you may be doing a great job at brushing, but a professional cleaning would be extremely beneficial and a vet will be able to clean those spots that you may have had difficulty getting to. Contact your vet if your cat will not allow you to give the proper dental care. He may be able to offer some helpful advice or give you other options.