Sure, that's a lot of people's regimen when it comes to brushing their teeth. We know all too well how important it is to keep our teeth clean. Our cats' razor-sharp teeth, on the other hand, rarely see a toothbrush. While good teeth are at least as important to them as it is to us.
Read on to learn 7 steps to brush your cat's teeth
Before you start, it is good to get the right things at home.
Using your own toothbrush and toothpaste for your cat is a bad idea. Toothpaste for humans is even toxic to cats.
Put the following things on your shopping list (or put them in your virtual shopping cart):
- Gauze pads or a finger toothbrush
- cat toothbrush
- Cat toothpaste with chicken or fish flavor
- Sweets or fun toys as a reward
- Lots of time and patience
Most cats can still appreciate this first step.
Get your cat used to being on his head. Rub the cheeks, tickle the chin and stroke the forehead. Make this a positive and short ritual. This way your cat will get used to the fact that you are busy around its mouth.
what is the best way to hold your cat?
The best position to hold your cat while brushing is with its back toward you. Place the palm of your hand around the top of the head and place your thumb and middle finger on both cheeks. Gently lift the head slightly so that you can easily reach the teeth.
Once your cat knows the ritual, you can try putting your finger in its mouth.
Gently pull up the lip by the cheeks and run your finger over the teeth. A few seconds is enough. Once this is successful, grab the finger toothbrush. Take the time to get your cat used to it. This makes the next steps easier.
Is your house tiger used to the finger toothbrush?
Then introduce him to the toothpaste. Put a little on your finger and let him smell it. It is best to choose toothpaste with a taste that your cat likes. Optionally, you can mix the toothpaste yourself with some tuna liquid or wet food. Put a little bit of toothpaste on the finger toothbrush and repeat step 3 until this goes without saying.
Time to introduce the cat toothbrush!
Toothbrushes for cats are small and have soft bristles, so they don't damage teeth and gums. Gently rub the teeth and molars with the toothbrush. Again, keep it short and reward your cat when it goes well.
Once your cat is used to the toothbrush and toothpaste, you can start brushing. A few times back and forth over the outside of all teeth is sufficient. Rub off the gums to loosen stuck plaque. You do not need to brush the inside of your teeth.
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The key to tooth brushing success is time and patience.
Are you still busy going through the steps or are you really not able to persuade your cat? In this blog we give tips to keep your cat's teeth as clean as possible.
Of course, good food is important in maintaining healthy teeth. The Fokker Nutri-Fit and Steri-Fit (for sterilized cats) contain high-quality ingredients for good dental care. We have the Maxi-Bite especially for large cats, which regulates chewing behaviour.