Alternatives to brushing your cat’s teeth
If you’ve never brushed your cat’s teeth, you’re not alone. Here are some alternatives to tooth brushing that, although not as effective, still do help maintain your cat’s oral health. If you do brush your cat’s teeth daily, keep up the good work! For those who just don’t get around to it, here are some ideas for maintaining good oral health. Maintaining the health of your cats teeth and gums helps prevent more serious health problems down the line.
- There are some dry cat foods that are formulated to help prevent dental disease. Look for a food with the Veterinary Oral Health Council seal of approval. It is not required that you feed your cat this food exclusively, just add some in with kitty’s regular food every day, and it will provide some benefit.
- There are drinking water additives that are super easy to use. Look for the Veterinary Oral Health Council seal of approval on this too. It will let you know that a product has undergone testing.
- Another strategy to try is tooth wiping. To do this, wrap one finger in a piece of gauze and apply a small amount of feline toothpaste to it. Then run your finger once along each side of the cat’s teeth. This isn’t as thorough as brushing, but it is quick and may be tolerated better. It does get rid of some of the plaque that is developing, and it should take less than a minute. . . if your cat allows you to do it.
- Whether or not you brush your cat’s teeth, do be sure to schedule an appointment with Claus Paws for preventative dental maintenance regularly. It’s very important to your cat’s overall health.