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Dental Care for Your Cat

There are several ways you can care for your cat's teeth every day.

A complete home dental care program for your cat often will include brushing as well as a special cat food that helps care for her teeth while she eats.

Even if you aren't able to brush your cat's teeth every day, by incorporating a special pet food into her daily routine, you can provide the dental care needed to keep her healthy. Be sure to talk with your veterinarian about the options that exist and which are right for your cat.

Brushing Your Cat's Teeth

STEP 1: Introduce a brushing program gradually. Avoid over-restraining her and keep brushing sessions short and positive. A cat can be held in your lap. Praise and reassure your pet throughout the process.

STEP 2: At first, dip a finger into tuna water. Rub the soaked finger gently over your cat's mouth and teeth. Make the initial sessions short and positive.

STEP 3: Gradually, introduce gauze over the finger and gently scrub the teeth in a circular motion.

STEP 4: Finally, you can introduce a soft toothbrush designed for pets. Use a sensitive or ultra-soft brush designed for people or a brush designed for pets. Special pet toothbrushes are available from your veterinarian or specialty pet store. Don't use toothpaste designed for people because it could upset the animal's stomach.


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