It may be easier for you to remember to care for your dogs teeth than your cats. This may be because dogs are usually in your face more, bringing attention to their breath. Cats on the other hand may be more private about their dental health status. Learn how to care for your cats dental health with the Kitty Teeth Routine provided by OneGreenPlanet.org and presented for you below.
Though you wouldn’t guess it, it is important to take care of – not only your dog’s teeth – but your cat’s teeth as well. If you are up for the challenge, you can slowly introduce tooth brushing into your cat’s regular routine. The ASPCA recommends starting with cotton swabs.
Gently rub your cat’s teeth and gums with the cotton swabs a little at a time. Make the experience positive, don’t push your cat if they are unhappy. After they get used to the cotton swab, introduce a cat toothbrush. These are smaller than your average toothbrush and have softer bristles. There are special toothpastes formulated for cats and it is important to use these as human toothpaste can be poisonous for your feline friend.
If brushing teeth is too much for your kitty, be sure to regularly check their teeth. Red swollen gums, loose teeth, stinky breath, and difficulty chewing should all be taken up with your vet. These are signs of gum disease or other problems. Feeding your cat dry food will help keep their teeth pearly white as well – wet food and treats will add tartar to their teeth much faster.
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SRC: Read One Green Planet’s entire article, All You Need to Know About Pet Dental Care