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.