With presumably more cases of dental diseases swooping in the vet offices, a survey was carried out. It was just to get quite clear about what is the ratio of dogs and cats experiencing periodontal diseases. And, a fresh record shows that over 80.98% of dogs and 69.89% cats over 3 years of age have some or the other form of dental diseases.
To avoid this condition, pet parents have to take initiatives in maintaining dental hygiene. Pet owners find it difficult to perform oral regime especially when it comes to cats. It’s a grueling task to brush cat’s teeth as they are quite finicky about taking anything in their mouth. To get the process smooth and help cat owners carry out brushing, check below the steps that will assist you to make your cat’s brushing regime simple and easy.
Steps to Brush your Cat’s Teeth
- First make your cat used to the taste of the toothpaste. Usually, pet toothpaste comes in tuna, poultry or other flavor, which can be easily taken by the cat. Let your cat lick some off from your finger. Praise your cat when she licks the paste by patting or giving a tasty treat. Normally, cats would like the taste in case they do not like the toothpaste, you can work on the other flavor or different kind to make your cat accustom to it. Until your feline friend starts licking the paste, continue to follow this step.
- The next thing is to make your cat comfortable with something placed against the teeth and gums. Take a small amount of toothpaste on your finger and gently rub it on the front section of the teeth that is canine teeth. At the initial stage, this is easier to do and your cat is also likely to take it easily. Be sure to praise your cat and give a treat every time you do this.
- After your cat gets acquainted to these steps, get him used to the toothbrush or dental sponge that you will be using routinely. You need to do this consistently so that your cat gets used to these items especially toothbrush. Praise the cat when she licks the paste from the brush by giving a little reward. Continue this routine until your cat easily licks the paste off the brush.
- Now that your cat readily accepts toothpaste and toothbrush, the next step is to start brushing. Slowly pat the back and talk to your cat in low loving voice during this process and at the end praise your cat, definitely through a reward such as a kibble or treat. Lifting the upper lip, gently place the brush at 45-degree angle to the gum line. Gently move the brush back and forth. Start with upper and lower canine teeth. Remember to praise your cat giving tasty treat by the end of the process.
- When your cat starts accepting brushing at the starting level, slowly increase the number of teeth you are brushing. Make this dental routine appear like a game so that it is a fun for both of you.
How Often Do You Need To Brush?
Many curious cat owners would definitely love to get answer for this question. And the answer is the more often you brush, the better. Keep it a daily routine if possible as you keep it for Cat dental care. The toughest part of your cat’s dental regime is to get started. Once you are done with it, then it is easier for the daily care. In case you are unable to do it daily, alternate days can also do as it removes the plaque before it gets hardened. This has still a positive impact on your cat’s health.