Tips for Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth
26 December, 2012
Brushing your cat’s teeth is not an easy task, but an essential one. It’s best to start cleaning and/or brushing your cat’s teeth when they’re young. If your cat is already an adult, it won’t be easy, and may not be possible, but certainly worth giving it a try.
Below are some tips in cleaning your cat’s teeth.
Have your cat used to putting things in his or her mouth.
First, try to get your cat used to your putting things in her mouth. Dip your finger in chicken broth, or any other liquid your cat may like. Call your cat with a voice that means “treat” and let your cat lick the liquid off your finger. Then rub your soaked finger gently over your cat’s gums and teeth. After a few sessions, your cat should actually look forward to this and you can move on.
This is fun!
Place gauze around your finger
Place gauze around your finger. (You can again dip the gauze in the chicken broth or other liquid.) Gently rub your cat’s teeth in a circular motion with your gauzed finger. Repeat this for the number of sessions it takes for your cat to feel comfortable with this procedure. Remember to praise her and keep an upbeat attitude.
Ready to move onto a toothbrush
After your kitty is used to having the flavored gauze in her mouth, you are ready to start with a toothbrush or dental sponge. You need to get your cat used to the consistency of these items, especially the bristles on a toothbrush. So, let your cat lick something tasty off the brush or pad so he or she gets used to the texture.
Once your cat is used to the cleaning item you are going to use, you can add the toothpaste (or rinse). Pet toothpastes either have malt or other flavors that your cat will like the taste. Get your cat used to the flavor and consistency of the toothpaste. Let your cat lick some off your finger and then apply some to your cat’s gum line with your finger. Praise your beloved kitty.
Now you can brush your cat’s teeth
Now your cat is used to the toothbrush and toothpaste and you are ready to start brushing. Talk to your cat in a happy voice during the process and praise your cat at the end. At first, you may just want to brush one or both upper teeth (the large ones in the front of the mouth). These are the easiest teeth for you to get at and will give you some easier practice.
As before, when your cat accepts having several teeth brushed, slowly increase the number of teeth you are brushing. Again, by making it appear to be a game, you both will have fun doing it.
With time and practice, you will be able to clean your cat’s teeth. As I mentioned above, it is best to start the process when your cat is young so he or she will get used to it for his life. Good luck!