Helping You Understand Brushing Teeth in Cats
Regular brushing in cats is known to be beneficial. It helps in removing plaque and tartar from the oral cavity to keep the gums and teeth healthy. There are many more benefits of regular brushing in cats. Read this page to know the benefits and all other information regarding brushing teeth in cats.
When Should I Brush My Cat's Teeth?
Like us, cats need daily dental care to help decrease plaque and tartar accumulation. Teaching your cat to accept the brushing of his teeth will take some training, but it will be relatively easy once accustomed to the process. Daily brushing is most beneficial and will help to establish a routine. Brushing twice a week is helpful if your schedule cannot accommodate daily brushing. Brushing less frequently than twice weekly is unlikely to be beneficial.
"It is best to teach your cat to accept brushing while he or she is still a kitten."
It is best to teach your cat to accept brushing while he or she is still a kitten. If you have an older cat, the process may take a little longer but it’s worth the effort.
What Steps Do I Need to Follow to Teach My Cat to Accept Tooth Brushing?
"Human toothpaste should not be used as it is designed to foam, and is not meant to be swallowed."
"The cat's abrasive tongue tends to remove plaque from the inner surfaces of the teeth, reducing the need for brushing these surfaces."
This client information sheet is based on material written by: Ernest Ward, DVM
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