Your Cat’s Dental Health
Did you know that 80% of cats will need dental care in their lifetime? Maintaining your cat’s healthy teeth and gums is extremely important!
By opening your cat’s mouth and looking at his teeth, you’re taking the first step in practicing proper feline dental care.
Signs of poor dental hygiene can include brown tartar deposits on your cat’s teeth and bad breath. If you notice your cat pawing at his face or mouth, a change in his eating habits, or if he’s acting depressed, these could also be warning signs of dental problems.
How to brush your cat’s teeth:
Start by gently massaging your cat’s teeth and lips with your finger. Then, move your finger over a single tooth, all the way to the gum.
Go slowly, be patient and always use plenty of praise!
Each day, try to clean a larger area. Once you and your cat are comfortable with the process, gently introduce a pet toothbrush and pet toothpaste.
Make sure to use a pet toothbrush or fingerbrush and pet toothpaste. Do not use human toothpaste or baking soda.
Brush your cat’s teeth every day. The best time is immediately after eating to prevent plaque from forming.