Do you want to learn how to brush cat’s teeth? Today’s article is on that topic. Before we start, remember that taking care of your cat is not just about feeding. Thoughts might be different, but in my opinion, taking care of your pet starts with its dental care. To prevent different types of health problems including periodontal diseases, hygiene is so important.
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STEP 1: Brushing your cat’s teeth
To show you the importance of brushing your cat’s teeth, let’s explain the medical term. What is periodontal disease? Periodontal disease is such a serious gum infection damaging gums that can destroy the jawbone.
Generally, dental diseases may come to a bad end. It may result in tooth loss. However, for adult cats, it is not normal to lose any teeth. So, all I want to say is that everything starts with hygiene. And the first step here is to keep your cat’s teeth and gums clean. It will help to prevent so many health problems. Brushing regularly your cat’s teeth is one of the different methods to prevent dental diseases at home. But before learning how to brush your cat’s teeth, let’s give answers to a few questions.
Why is it important to brush cat’s teeth?
Imagine your cat’s teeth not brushing for a year. The result will exactly be the same as in the case of humans. The sticky, filmy stuff calling plaque builds up, and after a few days it hardens which makes it harder to remove.
When should you brush your cat’s teeth?
Brushing your cat’s teeth everyday will help to decrease plaque. So, to prevent plaque and tartar accumulation, daily dental care is needed. But also do not forget to have a professional dental cleaning at your veterinarian at least once a year.
Is it ok to use human toothpaste on cats?
Absolutely not! Do not ever try to clean your cat’s teeth with any human toothpaste. Don’t forget that under any circumstances, cats should never have their tooth cleaned by using human toothpaste. And the reason is that, human toothpaste often contains the high levels of fluoride. And it can make your cat seriously ill, if ingested. So, you should be careful and avoid this. Pet toothpaste is designed to be safe for them, and additionally, your cat will prefer the taste.
Finally – How to brush cat’s teeth?
So, here is the main question : How to brush cat’s teeth without hurting them? Do not try to use toothpaste immediately. For example, you can start by tuna water. Or you can use low-sodium chicken broth if you are sure that it doesn’t have onions or garlic. For this, start gently rubbing your cat’s cheeks, face. Then dip your finger in chicken broth (low-sodium) or tuna water. And let your cat lick it off. Now, rub your finger gently around your cat’s gums.
After that, you can start using pet toothpaste. But in this point, do not use any brush yet. You should use your fingers again. So, place toothpaste on your finger and let your cat again lick it off. Then rub it on gums as well.
After completing all steps above, place a small amount of pet toothpaste on a toothbrush and finally, brush a few teeth. For this, you can lift your cat’s lips.
Continue brushing other teeth if your cat is okay with this. But if not, there is nothing except brushing a few teeth at a time and taking breaks in between.
When should you start brushing your cat’s teeth?
Experts recommend to begin brushing your cat’s teeth, when he is about 6 months old. Because after that time, your kitten is no longer teething and the adult teeth have already grown. And after that period, ideally, daily brushing is recommended.
I think you found an answer to the question about how to brush cat’s teeth and it is time to pass the second step.
STEP 2: Brushing your cat’s fur
After learning how to brush cat’s teeth, let’s look at another important question. How do you think? Do you have to brush your cat’s fur? Yes! Another important step of taking care of your cat is just brushing your cat, and you should do this regularly. Here is a few tips for that:
- Brush your cat’s body in the direction the coat grows.
- Brush all over your cat’s body concentrating on one part at a time to remove tangles.
- Remember that for removing dead hair, a rubber brush can be especially effective.
But can I use a human hairbrush?
Probably it will not harm your cat, but it is not the best way to brush your cat. So it is not recommended to brush your cat with a human hairbrush. Because cats have dense coats, and with human hairbrushes you can only brush the top coat which will not be effective brushing.
How often should I brush my cat’s fur?
It depends on your cat’s hair length – It is ok grooming once a week for short-haired cats. But for medium-haired and long-haired cats, it is recommended to groom on a daily basis. And do not forget that brushing your cat’s fur is so good for blood circulation.
Types of brushes for cats
There are so many different types of brushes for cats. It may be a little bit confusing, but you should choose the right one among them for your cat. Cats are different, and your cat may be short or long haired which is the most important point you should take into consideration while choosing a brush/comb for your cat. Let’s take a look at some brushes and combs for cats.
Bristle brush for cats – This type of brushes can be used for short, sleek haired cats for daily brushing. And it can be a great finishing brush for longer, thicker haired cats.
Rubber brush for cats – As I mentioned above, This brushes are good at removing dead hair. And it helps to massage the skin which is another advantage of using this brush.
Slicker brush for cats – Another popular cat grooming tool. This is recommended for all types of hair. And you can use this type of brush if your cat shed a lot.
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