How to Brush Your Cat’s Teeth (and Why It’s Important)

How to Brush Your Cat's TeethDid you know that oral care is just as important to your cat as it is to you? Without proper oral care, your cat can lose her teeth well before she should. Here is what you should know about caring for your cat’s teeth, starting with regular brushing.

Now, you might be thinking that there is no way you can brush your cat’s teeth. They are quite sharp, and this isn’t an activity most cats take to quickly. Yet, if your cat’s teeth aren’t regularly brushed, you will regret it when cat breath starts to take over. Also, failure to brush can lead to oral diseases that will affect your cat’s quality of life. It’s more than just a nice thing to do – it is essential to your cat’s health.

So, how can you do it? Start by acclimating your cat to the feeling of things in her mouth. You can dip your finger in chicken broth or another tasty, safe liquid, and then rub it over your cat’s teeth and gums. This will turn the activity into something the cat will enjoy.

Then, start brushing with flavored gauze, which is simply gauze dipped in a cat-safe liquid. Eventually you can transition into a toothbrush. Don’t add toothpaste until your cat is thoroughly comfortable with the toothbrush in her mouth. When you do make the switch, choose a toothpaste with a flavor she will like. Be sure to incorporate lots of praise into any brushing sessions to help your cat realize that this is something she can, and should, enjoy doing.

If you are consistent and do this regularly, it will become something your cat looks forward to. So start working towards proper oral care now, and give your cat the gift of healthy teeth for life.