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Video:How to Brush a Cat's Teeth

with Debbie Anderson

Brush a cat's teeth in order to keep your pet's breath smelling fresh and to prevent their teeth from decaying. Here are some tips on how to brush a cat's teeth.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Brush a Cat's Teeth

Hi, I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com.

Dental hygiene for your cat is really important, however, before you try to brush your cat's teeth, there are a few things to keep in mind. So today, I'm going to show you how to brush your cat's teeth so that your cat can enjoy healthy teeth all the way into their later stages in life.

Supplies to Brush a Cat's Teeth

For this task, you will need cat toothpaste, also called tooth polish, which can be picked up at your local veterinarian or pet store, a small finger toothbrush, and a small pet toothbrush that's a little bit longer.

Now it's important to note here that sometimes you can get all of these supplies in a cat oral hygiene kit, however, even once you have the kit, you need to introduce your cat to the process of getting their teeth brushed little by little on a daily basis for best results.

Introduce Your Cat to Teeth Brushing

To do this, place the finger brush on your index finger and then place just a very small dab of cat toothpaste or tooth polish on the small bristles of the finger brush.

Then, while calmly placing one hand on the cat to keep him comfortable and calm, try to just gently place the bristles of the brush on your finger near the cat's gum line and teeth and allow the cat to get use to the taste of the toothpaste and the feeling of the bristles near his teeth.

At this stage, if your cat has had enough, that's all you need to do for that day and then try and clean a few more teeth the next day.

Brush a Cat's Teeth Regularly

Next, once the cat has become accustomed and accepting of the small finger brush circling near his teeth and the taste of the toothpaste or tooth polish, gradually try to clean different areas of his teeth each day until you have cleaned all of the teeth in your cat's mouth, at least once.

Now, when you first start trying to brush your cat's teeth, the first time of cleaning the entire mouth could take up to a month, however, once your cat is trained and is use to the idea of having their teeth brushed, then it's going to become a little bit easier.

Tips to Brush a Cat's Teeth

And as added tip, when brushing kitty's teeth, always try to use the finger brush to brush their teeth unless there is an area in the cats mouth that can only be reach by the longer pet toothbrush, because cats tend to become more scared when they see the larger toothbrush, however, the finger toothbrush tends to still make them feel safe and secure because it's on YOUR finger.

Now, it's important to note here, that when it comes to brushing your cat's teeth, the real battle when cleaning a cat's teeth is the training process so they get use to having their teeth brushed. So be patient, be kind, and be gentle with kitty as you continue to try and clean kitty's teeth a little bit more each day and in time, because they're trying to get use to the process and so are you.

Finally, always make sure you use veterinarian approved cat toothpaste or tooth polish because human toothpaste has a detergent in it that can upset the cat's GI tract, giving your cat a horrible tummy ache.

With a little patience and the right dental products for your cat, your cat is sure to enjoy a healthy clean mouth for many years to come.

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