Tips for Dental Care Between Cat Dentist Visits
These tips are designed to help you keep your cat’s mouth and teeth in good condition between visits with the cat dentist. Some cats are not fond of some of these tips, it is best to start them when they are still kittens if you can, and it is important to do them regularly the more days you skip the less likely your cat will want to participant.
Visit to the Cat Dentist
A visit to the cat dentist for an exam, complete cleaning, and finding out if your cat has any sores, inflammation or mouth diseases beforehand will be helpful before you and your kitty begin your daily dental care routine. Plus, your cat dentist can tell you what needs to be done and the best way to do it so you and your cat are both happy when you are finished.
- A Closer Look
Any of these symptoms or signs could be an indication that your cat is having dental problems.
- Excessive drooling
- Red and/or swollen gums
- Puss Ulcers on gums or tongue
- Difficulty chewing
- Ulcers on the tongue or gums
- Loose teeth
- Pawing at the mouth
Be sure to give your cat’s breath a smell, if it smells bad or really unusual, your cat may have an infection and should be seen by the veterinarian at the pet hospital.
- Check the Gums
Carefully push back your cat’s lips, with them facing you and look to see if the gums a pink (the color they should be and the gums should also be firm, not sagging), if your cat’s gums are red or white and the gums are not swollen, just brush the cat’s teeth and it should go away. Make sure all of the teeth are intact and none are missing.
- Time to Brush the Teeth
Ask your pet dentist what type toothbrush and special cat formulated toothpaste you should get. A very important note of caution – never use toothpaste for humans, it can make your cat very sick and in some cases, they may die. You will also need a few cotton swabs.
Start by gently rubbing the cotton swabs on your cat’s teeth and gums at first your cat will probably try to bite them. Once they have accepted the cotton swab put just a tiny amount of feline toothpaste on it and rub it on their gums and teeth, so they can get use to the flavor.
Finally, get out your feline toothbrush and put a little water on it and repeat the same process as you did with the cotton swabs for a few days, your cat will still likely try to bite the toothbrush, even though, they have stopped biting the cotton swabs.
At first you may only be able to brush a few teeth at a time before your cat takes off on you, but don’t give up. Give your cat a few hours and try again with different teeth eventually by the end of the day you will have brushed all of your cat’s teeth.
In time, your cat will allow you to brush their teeth and gums all in one sitting of about five minutes and when you add the “look and smell” to the routine it should take more than 10 minutes. The trick is to do it daily, every day, or you may have to start the process all over again.
University Animal Hospital in NYC, has the kindest and loving veterinarians. If you are having trouble caring for your cat’s teeth and they are not due back at the animal hospital for an animal teeth cleaning for a while give them a call or when you take your cat or dog in for cat grooming or dog grooming, you can always ask while you’re waiting for your pet grooming to be finished.