Dental Care for Cats
Would you go years without brushing your teeth? Neither should your cat!
Dental disease is dangerous, yet it is the #1 health condition affecting our feline friends. Neglected dental care causes 70% of cats to develop dental disease by the time they are 3 years old. Your pet cannot take care of their teeth and gums on their own, they need your help!
The Four-Step Solution to Healthy Teeth & Gums:
- A healthful diet
- Dental treats
- At-home care
- Annual dental exams and cleanings
Certain foods are culprits of causing dental disease. Wet food, sweets, and human food actually increase the amount of plaque and tartar on your cat’s teeth. A good alternative is dry food. Dry food helps remove plaque and tartar build-up which harbors bacteria. It also stimulates the gums and provides a sort of chewing exercise.
Aim to have your cat’s teeth professionally examined once a year. This will ensure not only a healthy oral cavity, but also a healthy pet overall! Not to mention, oral bacteria can do serious damage to your pet’s vital bodily systems, making dental care a top priority.
Just like humans, cats need to have their teeth brushed to prevent plaque and tartar which leads to tooth decay and dental disease. It’s easiest for both you and your kitty if you begin brushing their teeth at a very young age. This allows your cat to be more comfortable with at-home brushing and therefore less resistant! Be sure to give your cat treats and praise throughout the process.
Here are some tips to get you started at home!
Step 1: Dip your fingers in warm water or tuna water and gently rub your fingers over your cat’s teeth and gums
Step 2: Slowly introduce a finger wrapped in gauze and gently brush the teeth in a circular motion.
Step 3: Next, use a pet-friendly toothbrush with soft bristles, but not yet with toothpaste.
Step 4: Apply toothpaste to your pet-friendly toothbrush and gently brush your pet’s teeth. Make sure to use a toothpaste that is recommended by your veterinarian. NEVER use human toothpaste. It may cause an upset stomach or foaming of the mouth.