Tuesday, May 5, 2015

How To Brush Your Cat's Teeth

Dental health is just as important to our pets as it is to us. Keeping their dental health in check will allow them to live a healthier, happier and longer life!

If your four-legged companion is a cat, you know by know they are much harder to train than a dog. Training your cat to allow you to brush their teeth will take time and patience.

Brushing is recommend once a day but I'm sure you don't want to fight every day with your furry friend. If you have just started brushing your cats teeth,  take it slow, brush once a week and gradually increase the brushing to a couple times a week/every day.

When brushing your cats teeth you will want to use a small children's toothbrush or an infant finger brush and should always be done with a toothpaste made for animals - you can find this toothpaste at any animal store such as petsmart or petco.

Here are steps to train your cat to allow your to brush their teeth:
  • Choose a calm, quite place.
  • Hold your cat on your lap and gently rub your finger over the cats teeth.
  • Once your cat accepts this, transition to a soft cloth, then to a toothbrush.
  • Finally, apply a small amount of pet toothpaste onto the toothbrush before brushing.
  • End each session with something positive wither its a favorite treat, wet food or lots of play time!
*Remember its best to start training while they are a kitten, but this can be taught to older cats. This will also take patience and consistency.

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