Just like with humans, teeth brushing is important for our pets. Veterinarians agree: Pet tooth brushing is the gold standard for preventative oral health care.
*Soft-bristled toothbrush for cats or finger toothbrush
*Veterinary toothpaste for cats (Please note that human toothpaste can be toxic to cats!)
*Soft gauze sponge or cloth
If you are unsure where to find these supplies, please ask your veterinarian for recommendations.
How to brush your cat's teeth
Hold your kitty in your lap and let her get comfortable.
Once she is relaxed, gently raise her lip on one side of her mouth and begin brushing on the outer portions of her teeth. Always brush down away from the gum line so that you loosen any embedded food particles and push them out of the mouth.
On the bottom jaw, brush up away from the gum line. You may need to open her mouth by gently pinching her two cheeks between your two fingers.
Many cat parents find that using a finger brush meant for kitties is the easiest method. Others like to just use a small square of soft gauze.
It may take some time and patience to find the routine of oral hygiene that works for your cat, but it's worth the effort! If you stick with it, you will be giving him the best chance at continued oral health.