How to Brush Your Cat’s Teeth

How to Brush Your Cat's Teeth

Created by the American Veterinary Medical Association and celebrated every February, National Pet Dental Health Month highlights the importance of our furry friends' oral health to their wellbeing. Now is the perfect time to learn more about brushing your cat's teeth for long-term healthy meows!


Why Brush Your Cat's Teeth?

Regular tooth brushing is the most effective way to keep your cat's mouth purr-fectly clean and healthy. As with humans, cat teeth brushing prevents plaque and tartar formation, lowering the risk of tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, and halitosis (bad breath). While the thought of chasing a crazed furball around your home and sticking your hand in its mouth may not be on your list of favorite pastimes, some patience and training will set the stage for successful oral hygiene practices.


When Should You Start Brushing Your Cat's Teeth?

It's important to establish teeth brushing practices right from the start. The younger your kitty is, the easier. If you adopt an older cat, brushing may be more challenging or even impossible. If that's the case, you can always try oral rinses, pet dental chews, or specially formulated pet food designed to reduce plaque and tartar.


How To Brush Your Cat's Teeth

Always start slowly. Take some time to get your cat used to having its face and mouth touched. A gentle facial massage will have the friskiest cat relaxing and purring away. Next comes touching those sharp little chompers. Feline toothpaste comes in flavors cats simply can't resist, such as seafood or chicken. Place some toothpaste on your finger and have your cat try a lick. Next, rub that savory treat over the teeth. The last step is brushing using a feline toothbrush. Never use human toothpaste or toothbrushes, which can both cause more harm than good.

Brushing your cat's teeth is a soothing practice once your frisky friend is used to it. Use a circular motion, and focus on the gum line. Take your time and make sure you brush all your cat's teeth, especially those hard to reach ones at the back of the mouth. Don't forget to shower your cat with praise and rewards for good behavior.


Making the Most of Tooth Brushing

Consistency is the name of the game. Cats respond well to routine, so choose the same time for tooth brushing each day. Also, have a reward ready on hand. That could be a yummy treat or something your forever friend enjoys, such as petting or playing. Make sure to stay calm and positive because anxiety is infectious, and your cat will pick up on it. The more your present teeth brushing as a game with rewards, the more eager your kitty will be to play along.


Feline Dental Care in Kirkland, WA

Join us at All About Cats Veterinary Hospital in celebrating National Pet Dental Health Month by making sure your cat enjoys optimal oral health. We encourage you to keep up with daily tooth brushing and to schedule your furry companion's routine oral care visits to maintain a clean and healthy mouth for a lifetime! Our team invites you to experience paw-some feline dental care!


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