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Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth

Types of Toothpaste

Choose one specifically made for pets. Don’t use toothpaste designed for human use because it can burn the cat’s tongue, throat and stomach. Pet toothpastes usually come in a variety of flavors to make them more appealing.

Keep it Quick and Fun

It may be a stretch to consider tooth brushing a fun activity, but if you keep the process quick and casual, it’ll be over before the cat has a chance to complain. With my cat, I engage her in an interactive play session after tooth brushing as a reward for being patient.

Ideally, you should brush your cat’s teeth daily. I’m realistic enough to know many people aren’t going to do that so at the very least, try to maintain a schedule of two or three times a week. Even once a week is better than nothing.

Oral Health is Serious Business

Routinely examine your cat’s mouth to check for signs of gingivitis. Look for red or inflamed gums, check for bad breath or other signs indicating a potential medical problem. If your cat has trouble eating, has stopped eating altogether, has bad breath, excessively drools or paws at her mouth frequently, there may be a dental problem going on needing medical attention.

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