All pets can benefit from a dental care routine, and brushing your cat’s teeth is an important part of keeping your cat’s smile happy and healthy.
Not sure where to start? Watch our Pet Expert Video on how to brush your cat’s teeth.
Regularly work with the cat’s mouth. With a little patience the pet will soon accept the attention. Make it fun for both of you. Use a lot of praise to gain their confidence. Try to have practice sessions at the same time each day so your cat gets into a routine. If your pet is highly motivated by food, try just before dinner with the meal acting as a reward for co-operating.
Start by handling the muzzle and tickling the lips and soon you will be able to rub the teeth and gums with your finger.
Use a soft toothbrush or fingerbrush to brush the teeth. Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle to the tooth and brush back and forth and from gum to tip.
Finally, you can introduce a pea sized amount of toothpaste made specifically for cats. DO NOT USE human toothpaste as it will upset a pet’s stomach if swallowed.