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Cat Teeth-Cleaning Tricks

Cat Teeth-Cleaning Tricks

With a little time and patience you can brush your cat’s teeth at home. “Cats have the same dental issues as dogs, although they can also develop cavity-like gum erosions, which are extremely painful and practically dissolve the teeth,” says Tiffany Margolin, DVM, an integrative veterinarian in Westlake Village, California. Training your cat to tolerate having his teeth brushed is similar to teaching a dog–but be careful. Even minor cat bites can easily become infected, causing fever and severe illness. If your cat resists having your finger in his mouth, talk to your vet about using brushless dental care products instead.

To brush a cat’s teeth:

Entice your cat to come to you by offering a food treat.

Dip your finger in a liquid your cat likes, such as chicken broth or tuna water, and let him lick your finger, getting him used to having your finger in his mouth.

Once he’s used to that, dip your finger in the same liquid and slowly rub his gums and teeth.

When that seems agreeable, substitute a small piece of gauze or a pet toothbrush for your finger.

Finally, brush the exteriors of a few teeth, adding a few more each time you brush.

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2:18AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

To brush a cat’s teeth???? Like your Idea

9:55AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

thanks for the ideas.

1:46AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

Attention CINDY M. TEA TREE OIL IS VERY POISONOUS TO HUMANS?ANIMALS IF INGESTED. Please use a toothpaste made for cats. My vet recommends C.E.T Enzymatic toothpaste. Please see my previous comments above. Tea Tree oil will land your cats in the hospital or dead. Your Vet is very uninformed/ or he/she just wants you to come in for more visit$.

6:38AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing

3:16AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Noted

5:35PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

I have a cat that is a biter. I would not attempt to clean his teeth. I'm sure many people would have taken him to the humane society by now.
We have learned to live with him and he will even come up onto my lap occaisionaly but will not come when called or enticed with food. We have to be really quick to get out the door with out him escaping. When he does escape, he always comes in to use the litter box, he doesn't think he can "go" out side. We have a zipped up tent to put him out to enjoy the outdoors. He loves to watch the birds. I am sure he would catch one if he could. He was playing with a lizzard that got in his tent one day but did not hurt it.
We feed only hard food, no canned or meat. I bet he will still have his teeth years from now although I was tempted to have them pulled.

2:31PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

It'll be interesting to try! ...

12:22PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Moje koty są za stare, nie polubią mycia zębów.

4:42AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

We used to clean our cat's teeth, but they didn't like it.

2:56AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thanks for the article

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