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Do You Need to Brush Cat’s Teeth?

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kitten teethAlthough the only thing housecats hunt these days are places to sleep and the ball on the end of a string, it’s still important for your kitten’s overall health to have clean teeth and healthy gums. Like humans and dogs, cats are sometimes prone to gum disease and damage to the tongue, teeth and palate, all of which could lead to more serious health risks. You can help prevent these conditions with a little extra care.

While it may take a little time for your kitty to get used to having her teeth brushed, over time, as long as you are patient and take things slowly, it can be an enjoyable experience for you both. Of course, it helps to lavish praise and give treats for good behavior. It’s important to remember not to restrain your cat too much and to keep sessions short. Here are the basic steps to take.

  1. First, dip your finger in something your cat likes, such as tuna water or chicken broth. Then rub your soaked finger gently over your cat’s gums and teeth.
  2. After a few sessions, place a gauze around your finger. Gently rub the teeth in a circular motion with your gauzed finger. Repeat this for the number of sessions it takes your cat to feel comfortable with this procedure.
  3. After your cat is used to this, start with a toothbrush. Let your cat lick something tasty off of the brush so she gets used to the texture. From there, add the pet toothpaste. Talk to your cat in a happy voice during the process and keep the praise coming. At first, you may just want to brush one or both upper canine teeth (the large ones in the front of the mouth). and then slowly increase the number of teeth you are brushing.

The extra love and attention you give your cat or kitten will do great things for her health. If you have difficulty getting your cat comfortable with this process, or you’re interested in brushes and toothpastes, talk to your veterinarian.

SunWest Dental Centers has ten valley wide convenient locations in  Apache Junction, Biltmore, Buckeye, Chandler, South Chandler, Mesa, Prescott Valley, San Tan Valley, Sun City, and Tempe

Apache Junction

1601 W. Apache Trail, #2
Apache Junction, AZ 85120
(480) 982-4200
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Biltmore

4425 N 24th Street, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-354-5800
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Buckeye

407 N. 4th Street
Buckeye, Arizona 85326
(623) 327-3206
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Chandler

2175 N. Alma School Road, #C108
Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 782-6200
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South Chandler

975 E. Riggs Rd #8
Chandler, AZ 85249
480-895-3252
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Mesa

600 E. University Drive
Mesa, AZ 85203
(480) 610-5100
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Prescott Valley

8256 E. Hwy #69
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 772-4433
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San Tan Valley

2510 E Hunt Hwy, Ste 28
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143
480-355-0761
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Sun City

13000 N. 103rd Avenue, #85
Sun City, AZ 85351
(623) 583-6666
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Tempe

7660 S McClintock Dr. Ste 101
Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 831-8022
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