How to Maintain Your Cat’s Oral Hygiene
Use a cat-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste to clean your cat’s teeth. A toothpaste designed for humans can upset your cat’s stomach
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An Oral Hygiene Guide – Taking Care of Your Cat's Teeth
So, you have been paying attention to your cat's litter, food, and toys to make sure they are clean, well-fed, and properly entertained, but what about their oral hygiene?
You never thought of it, did you?
It is necessary to brush your cat's teeth because their mouth is a gateway to comfort and health. The buildup of plaque on teeth causes tartar to harden, leading to gingivitis, tooth abscess, cavities, and even heart and kidney infections because of bacteria that migrate from the gums to different organs through the mouth's blood vessels.
Signs of Dental Concerns
Vet visits aside, you should regularly check your cat's teeth to ensure they don't have any infection. Following are a few signs of feline dental concerns:
·Bad Breath: A strong odor suggests a dental condition or digestive problem.
·Dark red line on the gums
·Excessively pawing the mouth
·Difficulty in chewing food
·Refusal to eat
Now that you know you have to take care of your cat’s oral hygiene, what’s your next step?
No need to panic if you find yourself at a loss. Following are some tips on how to maintain your cat’s oral hygiene:
Use Colgate Kids Toothbrush
A kid's toothbrush by Colgate has few and soft bristles, which makes it perfect for your cat. Before putting paste on it, rub it on your cat's lips and cheeks so that they get a feel of it. Then put cat-friendly toothpaste on it and let them taste it. It will take a couple of days or weeks for your cat to adjust to the toothbrush and toothpaste. They will try to run away or hiss at you first, but the regular sessions will help you create a routine.
Massage the Gums
After brushing your cat’s teeth, massage their gums. This accelerates healing and prevents future gum problems.
Give Your Cat a Chew Toy
Chew toys also help in removing tartar from your cat's teeth. Ensure that the toy is not harder than your fingernail because anything harder than that can fracture your cat's teeth.
Try Dental Care Dry Food
Did you know that there’s something called dental care dry food for your cat? No kidding!
It’s a special type of kibble that is designed in such a way that it helps remove tartar from your cat's teeth. Most of these foods are usually prescribed, so consult your vet first before giving it to your cat.
Make Sure Your Cat Drinks Lots of Water
A bowl of water after every meal will help wash away any food particles left behind in your cat’s mouth. Moreover, it will prevent gingivitis and maintain your cat’s overall health.
To maintain your cat’s oral hygiene, you will have to make some changes in his diet. Often, soft food is what causes tartar. So, start brushing your cat’s teeth at a young age and have regular vet visits to stay on top of any gum diseases.