Brushing your cat’s teeth is an important part of their dental routine. Like us, they can develop dental problems such as bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. Brushing their teeth to remove the build-up of plaque and tartar is one of the most effective ways to help prevent these problems. Following these tips will help you master brushing their teeth in no time.

  • Start early
    The earlier you introduce your cat to teeth brushing, the better. Kittens are more adaptable, so begin when they’re young. However, if your cat is older, it’s still possible to establish this routine with patience and persistence.
  • Gather supplies
    Before you begin, ensure you have a cat-specific toothbrush and toothpaste. Never use human toothpaste, as it can be harmful to cats.
  • Introduce gradually
    Cats are sensitive to new textures and tastes. Let your cat sniff and taste the toothpaste before you start brushing. This can help them get used to the unfamiliar sensation in their mouth.
  • Keep it short and sweet
    Start with short brushing sessions, around 30 seconds to a minute. As your cat becomes more comfortable, you can gradually extend the time.
  • Focus on technique
    Use a gentle circular motion. Concentrate on the outer surfaces of the teeth, where plaque and tartar tend to accumulate. A 45-degree angle against the gumline is ideal. After each session, reward your cat with treats or a favourite toy to create a positive association with teeth brushing.

Additional tips

  • Make sure your cat is comfortable and relaxed before you begin. If they are agitated or stressed, try at a different time.
  • Be patient. It might take time for your cat to get used to this new routine, so don’t be discouraged if they resist initially.
  • Consistency is key. Try to brush your cat’s teeth at least three times a week to maintain their dental health.
  • Regularly check your cat’s mouth for signs of dental problems, such as bad breath, red or swollen gums, or discoloured teeth. If you notice any issues, contact your vet.

Once your cat becomes an adult they’ll need a yearly oral health assessment and dental clean to remove plaque and tartar and check for cavities. Your vet may recommend more frequent check-ups once your cat is a senior (seven years old). Book an appointment today and ask your vet if they offer the Best for Pet wellness plan to get a $250 discount on dental cleaning.