You probably already know that it’s important to keep your own teeth clean. If you’re a cat owner, though, you may not realize that it’s just as crucial to ensure that your cat has clean, healthy teeth and gums. That means that it’s a good idea to clean your cat’s teeth from time to time. If you’re wondering whether your cat will sit still for this, check out these useful tips.
Remember to be patient.
Cats tend to be alarmed by sudden changes in their routine, so you’ll need to get your pet used to the idea of having their teeth brushed. Sit with your cat and gently rub their mouth with your finger for about 30 seconds. Do this daily until your cat is comfortable enough to let you rub their teeth. This may take some time. Once your cat allows you to do it without squirming, you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Use a special toothbrush.
To brush your cat’s teeth, you need a soft-bristled brush that can easily fit your pet’s mouth. Ask your vet to recommend a toothbrush and toothpaste that are designed for cats. Avoid using the kind of toothpaste that you use, which can make your cat sick.
Try to brush every day.
Brush your cat’s teeth gently, and remember that your cat may not tolerate having more than a couple of their teeth brushed at first. It’s a good idea to try to do this at least once a day. In addition, you should schedule annual dental cleaning at your vet’s office.
When your feline friend is in need of medical care, it’s time to schedule an appointment at Horizon Animal Hospital. We provide safe and compassionate care for all of our animal patients and their families. We also offer pet boarding and grooming services. If you have any questions, you can reach our office in Scottsdale today at (480) 800-4559.