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How To Brush Your Cat’s Teeth And Live

Did you know that dental issues are among the most common health problem in cats? Kitties can develop a wide variety of dental problems, including gum disease, abscesses, and infections. These issues are quite painful, and can even cause cats to stop eating. One thing you can do to help keep Fluffy’s choppers healthy is to brush her teeth. However, many people owned by cats are reluctant to do this, in part out of fear that they’ll end up covered in scratches. We’re here to help! Read on as a Bolingbrook, IL vet offers tips on brushing your pet’s teeth without winding up in the ER.

Ease Into It

Don’t attempt to brush Fluffy’s teeth out of the blue. Instead, you’ll need to ease her into the process. Start by gently touching her mouth, teeth, and gums while she is curled up on your lap, snoozing. Incorporate lots of petting and ear scritches to keep her relaxed and purring. In time, you can get a finger toothbrush, or wrap your finger in gauze. The next step is to add a little kitty toothpaste. Finally, incorporate a pet toothbrush.

Scheduling

You don’t have to do your feline pal’s entire mouth every day. Just do one part at a time and keep rotating. That’s purrfectly fine!

Choose The Right Products

Make sure to only use toothbrushes and toothpastes made for cats. Human products are neither safe nor suitable for Fluffy!

Rewards

Always reward your kitty with treats and praise after you brush her teeth. You may even want to give her new toys. This will (hopefully) help Fluffy come to the conclusion that good things happen after you brush her teeth.

Release

Even if your cat learns to accept the toothbrush, you’ll need to let her have a say in when teeth brushing time is over. If Fluffy struggles to get away, just let her go. You can try again another day.

Tips

If your attempts to handle your pet’s mouth usually conclude with you looking through your medicine cabinets for bandages, don’t worry. You can still keep Fluffy’s teeth clean by using oral rinses and/or dental formula treats and chews. Regular dental checkups are also important. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Bolingbrook, IL vet clinic, with any questions about your cat’s dental care. We’re happy to help!

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