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How Much Do You Know About Your Cat's Dental Care?
Did you know that most cat owners aren’t educated about feline dental care? Cat teeth problems are so prevalent that a study by the AVDS states that 70% of cats are affected by the periodontal disease by the age of three.
This is very disconcerting news for pet lovers, and more information should be made available to rectify such a preventable disease. If you are not committing your pet to routine cat teeth cleaning, it is strongly suggested that you begin.
A Brushing Routine
When brushing cat teeth, it is recommended that you commit to a steady schedule averaging one to two times per week. Some people even claim three times, but even one time is more than most people will probably ever do. Getting this routine going is the hardest part. This may sound like a lot at first, but given the alternative, it is a small price to pay. Many people don't ever brush cat teeth so if you can't stick to a tight schedule do it monthly. You'll notice that it often works better if you try regularly so you'll probably end up doing it more.
Periodontal disease in cats is such a concern because once cat teeth are exposed to it, the infection will progress rapidly. The most detrimental cat teeth problems occur when bacteria from the disease enters the cat’s bloodstream and, over time, damages the heart, kidneys, and liver. The final result is the premature loss of your beloved pet; something that happens all too often.
Toys and Supplements
Once you and your pet familiarize with the process, brushing cat teeth is not as foreboding as you might have thought. Yet, if your cat is particularly averse to the practice you can purchase additional items to assist in the cleaning process.
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Two of the more prevalent ways of assisting you in keeping cat teeth clean is the use of various toys and supplements. Pet retailers actually have toys with ingredients that encourage digestion and fight plaque. These are great additions to your cat teeth cleaning regimen because they are not just useful, but also fun. Also, don’t forget to pick up food supplements as well. Most of them come in either powder or liquid form, aid in keeping cat teeth clean, and are easily utilized by placing them in with your cat’s food.
Best Practices When Brushing Cat Teeth
Regarding the best practices for brushing cat teeth, the following points can assist you:
- Purchase a small toothbrush, or better, a cat-approved brush provided by your veterinarian.
- Purchase a cat-approved enzyme toothpaste from your veterinarian. Cat teeth-specific toothpaste is recommended because they possess a lower fluoride level than their human counterparts.
- You may have to wrap your cat in a towel and make sure their nails are trimmed in order to lower the chance of being harmed by their initial reaction.
- Your first attempts should be with just the toothpaste and your finger. This introduces the procedure to your cat for the first week, acclimatizing it to the action.
- Once your cat has become accustomed to step 4, introduce the brush. Only use it for a small period of time before returning to using your fingers. Increase the period of time brushing your cat’s teeth each day until you are able to clean all of the teeth easily.
Already Having Dental Issues?
Once you are accustomed to brushing cat teeth appropriately, the act will be rather uneventful, making it easy to commit to it a few times per week. If you’ve already noted cat teeth problems, it is suggested that you visit your veterinarian in order to gauge the progress of the issue and remedy any existing ailments. Once your veterinarian makes their approval, then you can commit to cleaning your cat’s teeth as discussed, making sure to slow any chance of disease in the best manner possible.
Hygiene and Life Longevity
Our cats can provide us some of the best relationships of our lives. We should do everything in our power to extend their lives as well so that we can have them around for as long as possible. Just remember, we don’t just clean cat teeth for the sake of hygiene, we do it for their overall health and longevity. Once committed to, cat teeth cleaning can help us experience a longer and healthier relationship with our beloved friends.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.