Posted on: 9 June 2017
Every cat lover knows that most cats are fastidious about keeping themselves clean. However, no matter how meticulous your feline is, there are some aspects of cleaning that your cat just can't do for themselves. For example, your cat can't keep its own teeth and mouth clean. Gingivitis and other dental problems are common health issues for cats, and you can protect your pet from them by brushing their teeth on a regular basis. Brushing a cat's teeth may sound like an impossible task, but you can do it if you know how. Take a look at some helpful strategies for keeping your cat's mouth clean.
Choose Feline-Friendly Tooth Tools
Don't make the mistake of picking up toothpaste and a toothbrush intended for humans at your local drugstore, and trying to use them on your cat. Cats can become very sick if they ingest toothpaste containing fluoride, and toothbrushes designed for humans are too big and too stiff for your cat's teeth and gums.
You can find cat toothbrushes and toothpaste at a pet store, or you may be able to get them from your veterinarian. Cat toothpaste smells and tastes of fish and is edible – it contains no chemicals that will harm your cat if they swallow it. Cat toothbrushes are smaller and more flexible than human or dog toothbrushes. If you prefer, you can use a finger brush – it's a rubber sleeve that fits over your finger and has soft rubber bristles on top that you can use to brush your cat's teeth.
Brush Away From the Gum Line
When brushing a cat's teeth, you should always brush away from the gum line. That means using a downward motion on the top teeth and an upward motion on the bottom teeth.
Brushing away from the gum line helps to dislodge food particles and move bacteria away from the gums. If you brush toward the gums, you run the risk of pushing bacteria into them, increasing your cat's risk of gum disease.
Supplement For Tartar Control
Cat treats designed for tartar control can be a good supplement for your cat's dental health. It's important to remember that these treats aren't enough by themselves – regular brushing should still be part of your cat's grooming routine. However, tartar control treats can help, especially if it's impossible for your to brush your cat's teeth daily.
Raw bones can also help control tartar. Your cat is a predator by nature, and one way that predator animals keep their teeth clean is by gnawing on bones. Avoid chicken, fish, or pork bones, as these small bones can splinter and cause internal injuries if your cat swallows them.
Make sure that you check your cat's breath for signs of trouble – a fishy smell is normal, but a foul, rotten smell is a sign of dental trouble. Visit a cat dentistry specialist to have regular checkups or if you notice a problem. Staying vigilant about your cat's oral health will help protect their overall health.Share