It’s Pet Dental Health Month and while dogs get a lot of attention on this issue, cats need dental care too. If your cat is on a wet food diet, it’s even more important that you care for her teeth. Here are a few tips on how to get started:
- Use the right tools –A small finger brush with bristles might be more comfortable for you and your cat. Use it with a toothpaste designed for pets, as human toothpastes upset pet stomachs.
- Give your cat a slow introduction to toothpaste – Dab some toothpaste on her lips and teeth and let her taste it. It helps if the paste has a pet-friendly flavor like meat or poultry. Then reward her with a treat. Do this every day for a few days.
- Next, introduce the toothbrush – After a few days, let her lick the paste off a toothbrush or finger brush. Again, reward her each time.
- Brush her teeth – Lift her lips and gently brush her teeth in small, circular motions and along the gum line. Don’t brush the inside of her teeth, just the outside, which gets the most plaque. Continue this daily and don’t forget the reward!
- Gradually increase brushing – If you can only get a few teeth the first day, don’t worry. Start with her fangs and gradually get to others as you brush her teeth more often.
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