There are various different styles of toothbrush. You can use a soft baby’s toothbrush or a finger-brush. Just make sure the brush is soft to avoid damaging the gums.
TEACHING YOUR CAT TO TOLERATE BRUSHING
To teach your cat to accept brushing, first start out with some toothpaste on your finger and touch the teeth, allowing your pet to lick the paste. If this is tolerated, get a face washer or the edge of a towel and dip it in water and rub it in the paste, then onto your cat’s teeth. Gradually increase the contact time as your cat’s tolerance increases. Use lots of treats to reward your cat every step of the way. After the washer is accepted, switch to a soft toothbrush or finger brush.
- Aim for 5 seconds on each tooth and brush once daily.
- Pay particular attention to the base of the tooth, aiming for a 45° angle with the gum-line.
- Avoid a vigorous side-to-side action that will damage the gums, gently use a circular, flicking motion along the gum-line.
- Brush only the outside of the teeth, the tongue will take care of the inside.
- If your cat has bleeding gums after brushing, take him to the vet for a check-up before doing more brushing.
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