If you have a cat, you know they’re notorious for having bad breath. Just like humans, cats need proper dental hygiene care. Dental problems like gingivitis are quite common in cats, and similar to human health, poor dental hygiene can lead to other lasting health issues for your kitty. The good news is, you don’t have to wait for a groomer or vet to brush your cat’s teeth! So check out how to brush your cat’s teeth to keep your kitty happy and healthy!
Follow These Tips to Brush Your Cat’s Teeth
Brushing your cat’s teeth may seem like a herculean task, but don’t worry! The Cat Clinic at Cherry Hill is here with a few helpful tips to make it as painless for both you and your kitty as possible:
- First things first! You’ll need a special toothbrush and toothpaste. Toothbrushes and cat-friendly toothpaste can both be found at most pet stores. Remember to never use human toothpaste or similar products like baking soda or mouthwash. These are not safe for your kitty!
- To start, make sure your cat is as comfortable as possible. Sit them in your lap or in one of their favorite places. You may even try easing them into the situation with a little catnip for the nerves.
- Especially the first time you brush their teeth, introduce your cat to the process by letting them sample the toothpaste. Put a little in their mouth so they can adjust to the taste. They might even lick it off your finger!
- Brushing is a two-handed activity. Hold the toothbrush with one hand and with the other, gently lift your cat’s lips so you have access to the teeth and their gums.
- Just like with your own teeth, you want to use a gentle circular brushing motion on the teeth and gums. Do your best to get the back of their teeth and their upper molars and canines.
- Finally, make sure to give your cat a treat for a job well-done! We recommend treats that promote good dental hygiene. They’re tasty and healthy.
Take Care of Your Cat’s Health with The Cat Clinic at Cherry Hill
Keeping up with a good dental hygiene routine is an important aspect of having a kitty. We recommend brushing every day or several times per week if possible. In addition to brushing your cat’s teeth, you’ll want to make sure your cat has an annual professional tooth-cleaning and oral exam performed by an experienced vet. This will keep their teeth, gums, and body healthy. If you have questions on brushing your cat’s teeth or are ready to schedule an oral exam for your cat, give the Cat Clinic at Cherry Hill a call at 856-662-2662. You can see all the medical services we provide to keep your kitty healthy and happy on our website or check out our blog!