Did you know that cats can develop some very painful dental conditions? One of the best things you can do to keep your feline pal’s teeth healthy is to brush them. Of course, that may not sound like much fun, either for you or your pet. We can help! Here, a North Phoenix, AZ vet tells you how to brush Fluffy’s choppers without ending up in the emergency room.

Start Young

If your feline friend is a kitten, you definitely have the upper hand. Things will be much easier if you train Fluffy to accept having her teeth brushed while she’s very young. However, adult cats can still be trained. It just may take a bit longer.

Choose The Right Product

Only use toothbrushes and toothpastes that are specifically make for cats. Products that are meant for humans are neither safe nor suitable for our furry companions! When picking toothpaste, choose a yummy flavored one, like fish or chicken, to make things more appealing to your furry pal.

Pick The Purrfect Time

Choose a time when your furball is feeling relaxed and friendly. (Given that kitties spend most of their time sleeping, this shouldn’t be too tricky.) If Fluffy is a lap cat, wait until she’s dozing off in your lap. Start by gently petting her and talking to her.

Start Gently

At first, just gently rub your cat’s teeth and gums. You can use a finger toothbrush, or wrap your finger in gauze. Keep petting Fluffy and talking to her, so she stays relaxed. You want her to feel pampered, not punished. After several sessions, your kitty should be somewhat used to this. At that point, you can start incorporating pet toothpaste. Make sure to offer your furry buddy a yummy treat after as a reward.

Keep It Pawsitive

If your kitty struggles to get down, just let her go. With cats, it’s always best to give them the final word whenever possible. If you try to fight your furry friend and force her to submit, she’ll be even more wary next time. (You’re also much more likely to get scratched.)

Other Options

No luck? There are other ways to keep Fluffy’s choppers healthy. Ask your vet for tips on using dental-formula treats and chews, and/or oral rinses.

Please feel free to call us, your North Phoenix, AZ vet clinic, anytime. We’re happy to help!