How to Clean Your Cat’s Teeth
Dental hygiene is as important for cats as it is for people. In the wild, members of the cat family are more capable of taking care of their teeth. However, for your pet, you may have to do the cleaning yourself. The process may not be all that pleasant for your pet at first, but it will soon get used to it. Your cat’s teeth are probably the only part of its life that you have to be actively involved in cleaning. Getting an automatic cat litter box or a littermaid can help reduce the stress of cleaning the litter box; but the teeth have to be worked on manually.
Just as the cat would get cat dandruff if the fur is not brushed and cleaned, there are consequences if you don’t clean your cat’s teeth. Bacteria will grow and can even end up killing your pet.
Get the Cat Used to Having Its Teeth Touched and Rubbed
There is no chance that your cat will welcome you to touch its teeth the first time you try to. To get it used to this, dip your finger in tuna water and invite it to lick your finger. Then you can take the chance to rub the cat’s teeth. Cover your finger in a gauze as you rub its teeth, to get the feline used to the feeling of a toothbrush.
After some time, your cat should be ready for regular cleaning of the teeth using a toothbrush or pad. This process may not exactly be this easy; you may have to repeat the tests over and over again, with some flavor even on the toothbrush. But with time, your cat will be used to the feeling of the brush, and will be happy to get its teeth cleaned.
Get the Right Products
Don’t clean your cat’s teeth with regular tooth paste. There are products in the market meant specifically for cats’ teeth. If you are unsure of this, pay a visit to the vet and enquire about such products in your area.
At first, you will probably only be able to access a few of the canine teeth. If the cat gets resistant, you can stop for the day. Only brush to the point where the cat is comfortable. As a cat owner, you should be able to exercise patience with your pet. If you push it beyond a point, it will learn to associate the brushing with stress, and will never come to love the process. On the other hand, if you keep praising it after every time you brush its teeth, it will eventually come to love it.
To start brushing, have your cat in a comfortable position, probably on your lap. Raise the upper lips and brush away from the gums, that is, downwards. Then you can move to the lower jaw where you should brush upwards. This will help to get rid of food remains that get stuck between the cat’s teeth.
Once you are done, you don’t need to rinse the cat’s mouth with water. The cat’s toothpaste is meant to be eaten, which is another reason why your cat should eventually appreciate tooth brushing sessions. However, you need to make sure your cat is drinking enough water every day. If it doesn’t seem to like drinking water, you can buy a pet water fountain. Cats are more likely to enjoy drinking water from a cat fountain since the water is not stationary. Aside from helping the body organs function optimally, water can help flush the cat’s mouth, and this will prevent the growth of bacteria in the cat’s mouth.
Something important to remember is that you shouldn’t feed your cat too often on sugary food since sugar provides food for bacteria.
Do this, and your cat should be free of dental diseases at all times.